The 7 Deadly Sins Of Science Journalism

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Does the author get it right? Anything left out?

Oversimplifying/getting it wrong really irks me, as does Overworked cliches!

Could pond scum power our future? Why do so many studies "shine light on" interesting questions or "pave the way" for new inventions? When did a Higgs boson become promoted to a God particle? Where do all these "magic bullets" and "perfect storms" and "holy grails" and "missing links" keep coming from? Why do we always say DNA is a blueprint and why are those shifty paradigms always shifting? Heck, who knows. I just know I read it somewhere and it sounded right and I didn't have time to think of a new metaphor, so I thought I'd use it too.
http://www.science20.com/parkinson_report/seven_deadly_sins_science_journalism [Broken]
 
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Ironic that he would complain about overworked cliches in an article titled with an overworked cliche! :rofl:

Of these seven sins, the worst is error. I don't mind the rest so much as long as the facts are stated correctly. But facts without context can be just as bad, so oversimplication can be as bad as getting it wrong.
 
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Ironic that he would complain about overworked cliches in an article titled with an overworked cliche! :rofl:
Or he could be implying public executions for poor scientific journalism?

The trouble is the experiment is really complicated, see, like really really complicated -- in fact, I think it might even be black magic -- so we're not going to talk about the experiment, we're just going to talk about the potential implications.
:rofl: that's hilarious
 

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