wade simmons (unbalanced and biased... oh... don't forget, unfair)

Monday, September 12, 2005

Don't dumb me down

OK, here's something weird. Every week in Bad Science we either victimise some barking pseudoscientific quack, or a big science story in a national newspaper. Now, tell me, why are these two groups even being mentioned in the same breath? Why is science in the media so often pointless, simplistic, boring, or just plain wrong? Like a proper little Darwin, I've been collecting specimens, making careful observations, and now I'm ready to present my theory.
It is my hypothesis that in their choice of stories, and the way they cover them, the media create a parody of science, for their own means. They then attack this parody as if they were critiquing science. This week we take the gloves off and do some serious typing.

Guardian Unlimited Life Don't dumb me down


  • Many of the "journalists" that I see on TV wouldn't know hard science if it came up and bit them on the ass.

    I recall an incident a few years ago involving a multiple organ transplant from a fatal accident victim. One of the reporters asked how the donor was doing... The doctor just stood there blinking in disbelief. Several other reporters started giggling.

    By Anonymous brother steve, at Tue Sep 13, 12:44:00 AM EDT  

  • The donor is doing as well as can be expected?

    By Blogger wade, at Tue Sep 13, 08:21:00 AM EDT  

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