Framing

Mike the Mad Biologist

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One of the flaws–a bad frame if you must–in the communication debate flareups that happen every so often is that the debate (such as it is) is phrased as “why can’t scientists communicate?” This is actually an imprecise and incorrect way of stating the problem. It should be stated as “How do scientists convincingly explain…

Most people who follow the interaction between science and politics are well aware of the problem of ‘he-said, she-said’ reporting, the attempt to grant equal time to opposing views, no matter how stupid those ideas are (An aside: I’ve always imagined a Monty Pythonesque TV anchor turning to a guest, and saying, “And now, for…

Once again, Chris Mooney has published an article castigating scientists for our supposedly poor communication skills. Since I‘ve dealt with this before, I don’t want to rehash old ground. But two good posts, one by ScienceBlogling Evil Monkey and Joe at Climate Progress, are worth noting because they echo some points I’ve made before (and…

Juan Cole, who has himself been a target of political campaigns regarding Middle East foreign policy, lays out why climatologists haven’t been as successful as they could be in persuading the public (hint: It’s not framing). First: Very, very wealthy and powerful interests are lobbying the big media companies behind the scenes to push climate…

Or it’s not the messaging, it’s the actual policy. John Aravosis was recently invited to the White House along with some other ‘progressive’ bloggers who were called out on the carpet for not supporting the stimulus enough (funny, I didn’t realize they were paid political operatives…). Aravosis writes: The problem with the stimulus messaging is,…

ScienceBlogling Matt Nisbet throws down the gauntlet about anonymity: Much of the incivility online can be attributed to anonymity. And with a rare few exceptions, if you can’t participate in a dialogue about issues without using your full name and true identity, then what you have to say is probably not that valuable. It’s a…

Poll: Rank-and-File Republicans Are Insane

Here are some ‘interesting’ results from a poll conducted by Research 2000: QUESTION: Do you think Barack Obama is a socialist? Yes 63 Not Sure 16 No 21 But that’s not the crazy part. There’s more:

At TPM, Josh Marshall asks an “obvious” ‘framing’ question about the ARRA: Why was the Stimulus Bill called the ‘stimulus bill’ and not a ‘jobs bill’? To which Atrios responds with a “Pretty Obvious Answer“: Because for whatever reason, economist lingo is what people in the Obama administration are comfortable with. I actually don’t think…

I’ve said it before, but I’ll say it again: everything you need to know about movement conservatives, you can learn by watching creationists (and admittedly, there’s substantial overlap between the two groups). Think about creationists, and then consider this column by Neal Gabler: In their postmortems, liberals have placed blame on the way they frame…

I realize that much of the political establishment, particular on the right, has adopted the Peter Pan philosophy of public policy: anything’s possible, if you wish hard enough. Consequently, too many Americans think that our infrastructure is not only fine, but the best in the world. This, I think, has made it much harder to…