As I sit here waiting for Al Gore to start speaking, I’d like to note that Scibling Chris Mooney over at the Intersection has really annoyed me. Apparently the fact that I didn’t like the film Sizzle is evidence that I, too, am likely a terrible communicator of science who lacks self-awareness. (Since there is no other possible reason for me to fail to LOVE the film!)
Now, Chris, some scientists who dislike Sizzle may dislike it for that reason – but there are a lot of other reasons to dislike the film, some of which I and other Sciblings have mentioned! When you say,
In my view, what’s so great about Sizzle is the way it asks us to look hard at the insularity of our pro-science community–and the disconnect between the science world and other walks of life, other parts of American culture. In this context, doesn’t the fact that many science bloggers are slamming it–and misunderstanding it–simply validate the film’s central point?
In throwing this idea out there, what I’d hope to encourage is that some of my fellow bloggers consider watching the film again with such thoughts in mind.
I can point to my original review and state that yes, I got that VERY OBVIOUS MESSAGE quite well on first viewing! Watching it again is not going to make the scales fall from my eyes.
Chris is a good guy, so why am I so annoyed? Well, I happen to take offense when my deliberative opinion of a creative work is used as the springboard for generalizations about my intellectual abilities and personality. I haven’t read all the Sciblings’ reviews, but I’m sure many of them also thought carefully about it. We don’t all have to agree to have valid, intelligent bases for our opinions.
I’m just sayin’. . . .