Saturday, July 18, 2009

thinking out loud

I find it a little odd that so many articles have been published on our paper without actually reading the paper. It seems like most journalists read the press release and altered it even more. Seriously? No wonder I see professors get riled up when people don't read, but only reference their papers. Also, for all the comments that are on blogs so far, not a single person has taken the time to go to the website, read the paper, and make an intelligent comment on the peer-reviewed site.

The point of having articles open access is to encourage public discourse. But, it seems like the public doesn't want discourse, they don't want to read, or even think. Let's just spoon feed everyone some nonsense about the Y chromosome disappearing, forget the cool research in the paper and sell a few papers (or, as the case may be, get a few more hits).

The coverage is nice, don't get me wrong, but it would be even better if it were worth the electricity used to power the monitors it is being read on.

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