by Greg Krehbiel on 1 March 2010
Here’s a good quote from The Value of Science Blogs?
The single-biggest blogging negative, however, is the grouping together of people who already agree about everything, and who then proceed to square and cube their agreements, becoming increasingly self-assured and intolerant of other viewpoints. Thus, blogging about science has brought out, in some cases, the loud, angry, nasty, and profanity-strewing minority of the science world that denounces the rest of America for its ignorance and superstition.
And again …
Science blogs themselves continue to afford a wonderful medium for scientists and science writers to reach broad audiences, but they also tend to result in groupthink …
The PR train wreck of global warming science might be a prime example.
It’s obvious that the AGW crowd got too insular, delighted in demonizing their opponents, became “increasingly self-assured and intolerant of other viewpoints,” etc.
Even before blogs, scientists were generally considered to be arrogant egg-heads with no social skills who lived in their own world. My high school was divided into the “science and tech” students (the “techies”) and the “regular” students. The techies were caricatured as arrogant nerds with no social life who played D&D and wore a TI-80 like a sidearm.
(It was partly true.)
If blogs had existed back then, we would have been ten times more arrogant than we were. Which — believe me — was too doggone arrogant.
-- 2010-03-01 » Greg Krehbiel