Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Scientists vs. Science Writers

 
Follow the discussion on Ed Yong's blog Not Exactly Rocket Science [Every scientists-versus-journalists debate ever, in one diagram].



The main problem isn't represented on the diagram. It's when good/bad journalists write articles in praise of bad science.

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  1. Are university press release hacks missing from the diagram, or are they just counted in with the bad journalists?

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    1. They're mostly counted in with "Bad Journalists" but there may be one or two falling into the category of "Good Journalists." Personally, I don't know of any who are good journalists but I'd hate to entirely rule out the possibility.

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  2. Isn’t Ed Yong representing the debate between scientists and science writers, not what these people do in their day work? (Your 'main problem' is with their work, not the debate.)

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    1. Yes, that. Also it's "Yong" not "Young". God, scientists are always misrepresenting journalists ;-)

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