ABC: Science Lies on the "Chalk-Dusted Fringes" of American Culture

By Chris Mooney | June 4, 2008 2:40 pm

I did my latest Science Progress column about last weekend’s World Science Festival in New York, which I unfortunately could not attend, but which sounds like it was awesome. In my column, I simply had to rate the festival a success based upon how much of a splash it made, including in non-science media–places like the Colbert Report and ABC’s Good Morning America.

Still, I think this coverage itself shows the dilemma of science today. For instance, although Good Morning America was very positive on the World Science Festival, something really struck me about how they summarized its purpose: “Organizers hope to shift science from the chalk-dusted fringes into America’s cultural center.”

That ABC puts it in this way powerfully demonstrates just how far we still have to go.


Comments (1)

  1. zy

    With any luck, mainstream media outlets like ABC will increasingly be pushed into the dusty-brained fringes of culture of the upcoming generation.


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About Chris Mooney

Chris is a science and political journalist and commentator and the author of three books, including the New York Times bestselling The Republican War on Science--dubbed "a landmark in contemporary political reporting" by and a "well-researched, closely argued and amply referenced indictment of the right wing's assault on science and scientists" by Scientific American--Storm World, and Unscientific America: How Scientific Illiteracy Threatens Our Future, co-authored by Sheril Kirshenbaum. They also write "The Intersection" blog together for Discover blogs. For a longer bio and contact information, see here.


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