How’s the taste of your own medicine?
Yup, there was an editorial meeting. Coturnix, coturnix, @coturnix, BoraZ, Bora Zivkovic and @borazivkovic were there. I was there, too, and I could have said something, but I decided to remain silent as the traffic of this blog, which – cha-chink – means more money, is more important than accuracy.
Very few readers will read your article. But everyone will see the cover.
Very few people will read this post to the end, especially the links on the bottom that really contain the meat of the argument. But everyone will see this post title in their feeds.
Graham, you know print is swiftly dying and that journalism is moving to the Web, don’t you? Do you understand that this means that in a year or two you will have to come here and play with the Big Boys? Do you understand that all the silly comments you plastered all over the blogs will be remembered? And if not remembered, easy to find – this blog has bigger Google juice than The New Scientist, you know?
Do you understand that in your future transition to online journalism you will have to abandon all the lies you were taught in J-school? That you will need to upgrade your journalistic ethics in order to match the higher ethics of the blogosphere?
Why are you trying to start your career on a wrong foot?
Graham, and someone needs to tell you now before it’s too late, that you don’t know shit about science. And that you’ll have a steep hill to climb in order to start trying to play on the level field with people who actually know their stuff?
You just curmudgeoned yourself.
Is that a new term for you?
Congratulations! Your name will now be forever associated with the likes of (yes, study all those links carefully!) Skube, Mulshine, Johnson, Cohen, Boxer, Keen, Siegel, Henry and several other laughingstock curmudgeons from the journalistic Jurassic Park?
Now, calm down, I was just joking, just like you were in all those comments everywhere. Heh, some light-hearted blogospheric banter. Ha-ha. Can’t be mad about that, can you?
Now sit back and learn by reading, very carefully, what people with actual expertise have written (including people with expertise in the comments) and learn from your mistake as not to make it again:
Darwin Was Wrong?
Why’s Graham so Glum: Lawton Critiqued
Was Darwin Wrong?
Darwin was wrong…ish
Explaining New Scientist cover
New Scientist take the hype road
Darwin: The Genius of evolution
The Trouble With Science Journalism
Speaking of media mangling…
New Scientist take the hype road
It’s such a fine line between stupid and clever
Of trees of life and straw men
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