Not just once have I personally read an angry “I’m leaving, this is the end…” post from a blogger. They usually cite lack of funds, time or personal problems as the root of their demise in the blogsphere. And you know what all these have in common? They’re all drama.
In response to the following articles/posts, Airships: a second age, Space-time “Wrinkles” Igniting Odd Gamma-ray Bursts?, Unnatural Science, ScienceBlogs = ZombieBlogs, I would to give my opinion on as to why journalists should continue writing on science topics and refuse to secede to the blogger-scientists.
Why should journalists continue a seemingly hopeless fight? Because, unlike blogger-scientists, we are professional. Blogs survive and operate by popularity, and thus are often beleaguered with drama. As bloggers take things personally, many up-and-goes batty and ragequits on their blogs if they “feel frustrated” long enough. In all this, if journalists stop writing [about science] and the blogger-scientists are so touchy-feely about quitting, ultimately it’s the readers who suffer. If we all quit, who’s left to write?
Besides, even though they are scientists and are bloggers, it does not mean they can convey their thoughts and meanings on a particular subject competently so that “mulish laymen” can understand them. Journalists inherently write for mass-readership as we can only write about something we’ve already digested as, we are in essence, laymen to science as well.
Another thing that makes journalistic science writing invaluable are the different insights our writing into a certain subject. Journalists have been trained to relate difficult subjects to everyday happenings for the benefit of the readers. As observers and chroniclers, we are in a unique position to be able to pass judgments on certain topics in relation to its applications in other fields.
As it is our profession, we don’t just go and quit so suddenly. Even though we lack the intelligence and knowledge of blogger-scientists, at least we have less drama on our scripts. That’s an automatic WIN in my book any day.