Respectful Insolence

By way of badscience.net:

Speak it, brother Ben!

Oh, and don’t be too hard on your hairstyle and clothing in that one. I could totally picture you as an incarnation of The Doctor in that getup. That sweater vest does look a bit Peter Davison-ish, although the curly locks do rather echo Tom Baker.

Comments

  1. #1 The Science Pundit
    March 16, 2009

    That was great! I also liked that he pointed out that drug companies do sometimes cover things up. One of the big anti-vax canards is the drug companies are hiding the dangers of vaccines and anyone who defends vaccines must be in the pocket of Big Pharma. If my memory serves me correctly, wasn’t it people in the evidence based community who helped uncover the Vioxx scandal and then most loudly condemned Merck for the cover up? Did David Kirby have anything to say on the subject other than to hold it up as evidence that drug companies lie (and therefore they’re lying about vaccines)?

    I need to relax and take a deep breath right now.

  2. #2 zeno
    March 16, 2009

    …all Ben needs is a very long scarf… :-)

  3. #3 ababa
    March 16, 2009

    With all of the money that anti-vaxers claim is being paid to shills and government control, one would think that money would be more effectively used in shutting down their websites if they really wanted to censor the “truth”.

    Does anyone really believe that if there was really a secret society then would they let whale.to and AoA exist if they are as all powerful as they believe?

  4. #4 Ruth
    March 16, 2009

    Another chemist I know was recently Pfired-just one more in a line of good scientist let go due to mergers. If Pharma is so all powerfull, why are they letting people go and their stock prices falling?

  5. #5 blf
    March 16, 2009

    Ben has a weekly Bad Science column in The Grauniad. Therefore, he is a supporter of Fidel Castro and cannot be trusted. </snark>

  6. #6 Evinfuilt
    March 16, 2009

    I do like the news caster admitted in closing that they are part of the problem. A great first step to sanity.

    Wonderful job by Dr Goldacre, seems he’s not just a good writer, but an excellent speaker.

  7. #8 DLC
    March 16, 2009

    Dr. Goldacre delivers some grade-a smackdown.

  8. #9 Calli Arcale
    March 16, 2009

    No no no, the vest is way more Sylvester McCoy than Peter Davison. ;-)

    Great video. Thanks for sharing!

  9. #10 Orac
    March 16, 2009

    Hmmm. You may have a point there. You could even add the curly hair.

    Rewatching the video, I also notice that at times he reminds me of Richard Dawkins in his mannerisms and the way he addresses the audience.

  10. #11 Paul Browne
    March 17, 2009

    Ben Goldacre is becoming something of a star here in the UK, and rightly so, after all he’s been willing to take on people like Matthias Rath despite significant legal threats…Ben won http://www.badscience.net/2008/09/matthias-rath-pulls-out-forced-to-pay-the-guardians-costs-i-think-this-means-i-win/

    I saw the talk he gave at the Science blog meeting last August and can vouch for him being a very entertaining speaker, but don’t take my word for it, he gives quite a few talks up and down the country http://www.badscience.net/about-dr-ben-goldacre/upcoming-talks-readings-parties/

  11. #12 Neil
    March 17, 2009

    If you’re new to Ben Goldacre, you should see his work on HIV denialists, neatly linked at:

    http://thinking-is-dangerous.blogspot.com/2008/09/no-more-rath-sewage.html

  12. #13 Jess
    March 17, 2009

    Perhaps the media tide will turn with a big measles outbreak. As soon as one kid dies because of not being vaccinated or being around a kid whose parents chose not to. Sadly, that may be the only thing that stops this nonsense from being covered as a) a conspiracy, or b) two equal sides.

  13. #14 Regan
    March 17, 2009

    “Pretty strong feelings”?

    I thought that Ben Goldacre was merely speaking plainly and clearly about the state of things. Good job.

  14. #15 CulturalIconography
    March 19, 2009

    “I do like the news caster admitted in closing that they are part of the problem. A great first step to sanity.”

    Indeed! And curiously, I’ve heard nothing similar from American media. In fact, such an opinion piece criticizing all the media at length probably would not be found in US mainstream media–certainly not on our television networks.

    No, the Faux News clowns don’t count; first, they wouldn’t know actual journalism if it bit them on their asses, and second, all their commentators do is whine about “liberal” media; that is, every media outlet except Faux News.

    Quite frankly, with a few exceptions, many US journalists and their news organizations are craven and ignorant. Maybe it has something to do with the fact that there is very little actual competition in US media anymore–much of it having disappeared in a host of mergers and acquisitions.

    At any rate, it is heartening to read and see some people fighting the good fight. Go Dr. Goldacre and Orac!

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