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Civility: wow, everybody‘s concerned about it now! Here’s our president a couple of days ago: The problem is that this kind of vilification and over-the-top rhetoric closes the door to the possibility of compromise. It undermines democratic deliberation. It prevents learning — since, after all, why should we listen to a “fascist,” or a “socialist,”…

Unruly Democracy (and me!)

FYI: I’ll be appearing next Friday on a panel as part of the “Unruly Democracy: Science Blogs and the Public Sphere” workshop sponsored by the Program on Science, Technology and Society at the Harvard Kennedy School, the Shorenstein Center at the Harvard Kennedy School, and the Knight Science Journalism program at MIT. I’ll be appearing…

A recommendation from reader Calle: a time-lapse view of a Rocky Mountains park over a year, accompanied by sound bytes from the news. Occasionally pretty eerie. News, Weather & Sports – a year long time-lapse documents the seasonal changes and the recreational activities of visitors to a public park. This is a preview clip of…

Skeptvet has created a pithy, albeit cynical, table summarizing what scientists write, what it really means, and what the public thinks it means. I’ve clipped a little bit of it here, but go to Skeptvet for the whole thing. Nice work!

I perversely love attending conferences where traditional journalists complain that bloggers are evil. 🙂 Yesterday I heard that line again (in jest, relax) at a great discussion about changing media practices and the legal implications of various forms of content reuse, sponsored by the Online Media Legal Network. But the focus was a little bit…

Slate asks, “You rarely see women holding management positions in terrorist groups. Is there a glass ceiling for female Islamist terrorists?” Um. . . A. Did you just seriously ask that question? B. Are we supposed to be surprised that Islamist terrorists don’t respect women? C. Are we supposed to be outraged by this blantant…

I was reading through some back issues of Harper’s and came upon an article by Rivka Galchen about climate change and meteorological engineering. I’m sick to death of reading about climate change, but I was immediately hooked by this article – her perspective is fascinating, and she is an excellent writer who draws on a…

Wait, what? Did you see or not?

A slight science journalism FAIL in a story at iO9, originally from the New Scientist: the Title: “First Quantum Effects Seen in Visible Object” the Lede: “Does Schrödinger’s cat really exist? You bet. The first ever quantum superposition in an object visible to the naked eye has been observed.” the Discovery: “[researchers showed] that a…

While I was on blogcation, I got an email from the watchdog group Stinky Journalism, complaining that prominent science author and professor Jared Diamond (Collapse, Guns, Germs and Steel) was in the hot seat again. (You may remember that Stinky Journalism broke the story about the lawsuit against Diamond arising from his New Yorker piece…

Jesse (“Jess3”) Thomas’s brand-new clip, like a slimmed-down, retro-styled, updated cousin of that ubiquitous “Right here, right now” video, is the perfect appetizer to complement the Pew’s brand-new report on participatory news. Enjoy.