The Intersection, the Scienceblogs.com blog written by Chris Mooney and Sheril Kirshenbaum, filed its last post on Scienceblogs.com yesterday afternoon.
In closely related news, The Intersection, written by Chris Mooney and Sheril Kirshenbaum, has just started up at its new home on Discover!
You know that Chris and I have disagreed on a number of issues (mainly “framing” and the marketing of “expelled”), but you also know that we have agreed on even more issues (like AGC, etc.), and our relationship has been mostly civil, ever since the slap down anyway. That is important because although we have disagreed on certain (but not all) approaches to science education and communication, we are totally on the same page when it comes to the actual important issues that motivate us to engage in this process. We are on the same team using somewhat different but overlapping techniques.
I want my readers to understand this, because I think there was a bit of a Lord of the Flies effect back in those days, and I regret the level to which that developed. I especially regretted it after I read Chris’s excellent book, and it became even more clear that we are on the same team and that we should be using our differences as an asset rather than a distraction. Which is something that can only be done in the context of civility.
It is to me very poignant that Chris and Sheril left their so-long post and closed it for comments. I would have done the same thing. The “civility is an excuse” crowd, which has found a major voice on the internet and is well represented on Scienceblogs.com, simply could not be trusted to not mar this good bye post. (I do not know that Chris and Sheril were thinking this, but is certainly is what I would have been thinking.) And, yes, I’ll say it out loud: I wonder how much that lack of civility was a factor in their decision to move on to Discover. Which, by the way, clearly has different standards (for lack of a better word, tell me if you’ve got one) than Scienceblogs.com in this regard.
Both Chris and Sheril have been an asset to Science Blogs and I’m very sorry to see them go. Of course, as they note on their good-bye post, they’re not really going anywhere because the entire internet is 18 inches away (or however far you sit from your computer screen).
Anyway, good luck Sheril and Chris. Keep up the good work, the good fight, and stay in touch!