The Scienceborg is all abuzz about some Sizzle movie, with all sorts of good and bad reviews, and gnashing of the teeth about whether the movie stunk or whether it was the best thing since the invention of sliced ham (few know that this event was much more important than the invention of sliced bread, which is vastly overhyped.) A good way to waste your time, I suppose, but I thought I wasn’t going to get much out of it, you known, in terms of actually getting any good insight or educational crap like that. But then I discovered Chris C. Mooney’s post on the whole thing. (Chris is lucky, he can use his middle initial. If I use mine, my initials are DMB. As in not so bright.)
Chris, who is most well known for a book about the war on science (to the battlestations, dear physicists! You must sacrifice your bodies and equations to beat back the waves of hording antiscientists! Antiscientists with missile launching prayer mats, oh my!) is on the best thing since sliced ham side of the gnashing. Fine. I mean, it is just a movie, and well people are sort of known to not necessarily all like the same movie. But Chris went beyond this and tried to nail down the reason that a large number of his fellow sciencebloggers panned the movie:
And so I’d like to make a suggestion: Could it be that, for some of these hypercritical bloggers, Randy Olson’s documentarian character in Sizzle is really their reflection in the mirror? After all, the character is basically a caricature of someone who repeatedly demands facts, facts, facts, and can’t relate to non-scientists, have a good laugh, enjoy a good story.
Which is awesome! Here is someone who is supposed to be helping scientists learn to communicate, telling them that they are humorless old farts, in a blog post which had not a single joke in it, and wherein he gives us the facts about why some bloggers didn’t like the movie. Priceless! And nearly deadly because it caused my irony organ to hemorrhage and spray jokes all around my office. I also saw a kettle go totally Zebra on me.
But don’t look to me for insight on this debate. I’m just a humorless scientists who only cares about facts, facts, facts (they only come in threes you know.)
Note: any comments in this post must include a joke. If they don’t include a joke, then non-scientists won’t read them, and they will be invisible to the vast majority of the blogosphere.