Joined: Jan. 2006
First of all hello to the folks whose names I recognize from PT. Second of all this topic has been bugging me for some time now.
I think everyone knows what a lousy PR job is being done by legitimate science/science organizations and I have a few specific area of distress.
Media and news communication: If you look at the NCSE 2005 News Room page http://www.ncseweb.org/pressroom.asp?year=2005 you'll note none of the press relases are dated. You have to click on each press release and scroll to the bottom of that page to see when it was released. Very ameature.
Also, Google News has an news alert feature where you can add identifying words so when Google picks up a news story that has those words you get an email notification and a link to the story(ies). I have a news alert for "intelligent design". I get Google news alerts daily, from ordinary news agencies as well as online magazines and many blogs. I get notified by Google about all the cr@p spewed by thre Discovery Institute but I have never gotten one from the NCSE, Pandas Thumb, or any other science related news/opinion organization with one exception - The Skeptical Inquirer.
Why is this?
Also, the recent Ken Miller Case University talk is pure gold, it explains evolution, intelligent design creationism, the culture war (brought on by the intelligent design creationists), the Dover case, etc. and everyone but PT seems to be ignoring it and the PT thread will soon disapear into the archives...
Every science organization in the world should have a copy of that video on their website and be promoting it. I do not see a word about it on the NCSE site or any other science related site, the ACLU makes no mention of it either.
And it was a few regulars at PT who took the time to make video files from the stream and put it up on a temporary site so we could down load copies.
So you have a handful of folks downloading that video and the general public and media still has no idea it exists.
Meanwhile I get Google news alerts from the Discovery Institute on a daily basis.
Intelligent design creationism is not going away and to sit back and think the courts are going to protect us from this dishonest charade is short sighted. Unless science groups and organizations figure out how to communicate with the rest of the world we will continue to be playing catch up.
Uncommon Descent is a moral cesspool, a festering intellectual ghetto that intoxicates and degrades its inhabitants - Stephen Matheson