A few of my FB friends post articles from I Fucking Love Science from time-to-time. They are among my brighter friends…
Oh. Yes. I don’t mind putting that title in the body of this post so much – it’s irritating but not enormously, as the word has become milder than my 60-year-old ears tell me, and I get that – but I didn’t want it in the title because of how it might show up in your sidebars if I am on your blogroll. I have standards. Low, but I’ve got some.
…where was I? Brighter friends. I wrote that without irony. I have liked most of the articles, and enjoyed much of what I have seen, including what I have clicked through to once there as well. Three articles in a short time-frame alerted my suspicions, however, and I went over to scope out the whole site.
You can go better places to get your brief science news. That’s the main take-away.
Most of the articles are interesting and seem based on reputable sources. So far so good. I note 5 problems.
- There are errors, which look like they stem from science-y writers who either don’t fully get key points of the information they are passing on, or don’t do their homework. One I picked up myself, and I am not a scientist; two others I learned from the comments had made fairly substantial errors which I confirmed by going back to read closely (one I had to research further to assure myself that it wasn’t the commenter who had erred.)
- Worse, the errors were not corrected even when reported in the comments.
- This is not top-shelf stuff, generally. Not cutting edge, nor reviewed with a cold eye as to whether any of this is absolutely solid. It holds to higher standards than say, Omni, but it tends that way. More like Discover, but with only half the political correctness.
- There are a few articles which are not strictly science, but “news about the science tribe” PR pieces. Neil Degrasse Tyson speaking to children about being a scientist, for example. Not terrible, and no one is forcing the reader to click through, but I think it’s a giveaway as to what is up. There’s a hint of snob appeal without asking too much of the reader. There’s an in-the-club nudge-nudge aspect to it I don’t like.
- I found one headline that was a misreperesentation of the article – and the article made overclaims as well – on a science in politics topic. I worried I would find more (I thought I realled a previous one, actually), but it was only that one.
All that said, it’s not terrible. Just a little too concerned about being hip rather than good.