Erica Stone is a doctoral student in the Technical Communication and Rhetoric program at Texas Tech University. She gave a spot-on, clear, and simple 2016 TedX talk where she “critiques the academic publishing industry, urging academics to engage with popular media and include communities in their research.”
In order to have an educated and well-informed public, there needs to be a “healthy relationship between the public and research.”
Eric suggests that researchers should translate research, use social media to communicate it, and make it available through open access venues. Those who pay for publicly funded research should be able to consume it.