Take That, Meddling Bureaucrats! Cartoon Contest Mocks Censorship of Science

By Andrew Moseman | August 4, 2008 3:59 pm

hands over mouthIf you can’t laugh about the federal government’s repeated attempts to muzzle scientists whose findings don’t jibe with the administration’s political agenda…well, what can you laugh about?

The Union of Concerned Scientists decided to fight hubris with humor by launching the Scientific Integrity Editorial Cartoon Contest this spring. The voting is open, and this is the last week to pick your favorite—all voting ends on Friday. The final 12 entries are pretty good—we have our favorites here at DISCOVER, but we don’t want to sway the polling.

“Science Idol,” as the contest has been nicknamed, may not attract the national attention of its television namesake. But perhaps dealing with government interference with science with humor will open a few more eyes—or at least we’ll get a good laugh out of it.

Image: iStockphoto

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  • http://larianlequella.com Larian LeQuella

    Wow, hard to pick, they all say so much. Although what I found more frightening…

    My reCaptcha code says: “deny Factual” How creepy is that? :)

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  • Flatpeg

    Interesting article… but I have to say, the picture looks like it was taken during some sort of crime.

  • http://mikelynchcartoons.blogspot.com/ Mike Lynch

    Why take all rights away from your cartoonists? The concerned scientists are not concerned with creators’ rights.

    See Section 8. Conditions of Participation:

    “Submission of an entry constitutes the Contestant and the Contestant’s parent/legal guardian’s (if applicable) consent to irrevocably assign and transfer to the Union of Concerned Scientists any and all rights, title, and interest in and to the entry including, without limitation, all copyrights. By submitting entry, Contestant and the Contestant’s parent/legal guardian’s (if applicable) consent to the use of the Contestant’s name, likeness, city, state/province, and country information and to waive all moral rights and grant to sponsors and their agents the right to modify, adapt, edit, sell, publish and/or use the entry in any way, in whole or in part, in any and all media and/or commerce without limitation and without payment or further consideration to the Contestant. Neither Contestants nor individuals portrayed in submitted cartoons shall receive payment for subsequent publications of the cartoon. Entries and other correspondence become the property of the Union of Concerned Scientists and will not be returned. At UCS’s request, Contestant agrees to execute all necessary or appropriate documents and take all other reasonable steps to document or formalize such rights in these materials. Contestant waives any “moral rights” Contestant may have with respect to the works.”



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