Blogging lacks a lot of things (fact checkers, to name one). But, after spending three weeks in Galapagos as a new blogger I came away with the impression that blogging most of all lacks a developing world perspective. Blogging is so First World. Most of the people I spoke with in Galapagos–even the scientists at the Charles Darwin Station and the conservationists at WWF, CI, and WildAid–had barely heard of a blog let alone read or written one.
Which led me to wonder:
If blogging is this wonder tool that can advance science so quickly, as Carl Zimmer pointed out recently at The Loom, then why hasn’t it been adopted in places where science news moves slowest: the developing world? It is not for want of internet cafes, though the process can be painfully slow–so slow, in fact, I could not find the time to quantify the number of Science Bloggers that report from the developing world. But I wager it’s very few.
Tomorrow, I return to the First World and promise a First World blog. But I am officially on the lookout for developing world stories and readers. And I challenge other ScienceBloggers to step out of their battles on communicating, policy, and framing science (Matt and Chris) and their evolution-ID debates (PZ) and try to incorporate some science news from the tropics (okay, fair enough, Mooney’s latest book is on tropical storms). Moreover, we should all try to encourage developing world researchers and activists to get involved in the blog world with comments or with blogs of their own.