… but I just can’t.
If you aren’t in punching vicinity of a kitten or baby, read this CNN LightYears blog entry/article on the Curiosity landing. Except that it isn’t really about the landing. It’s about inventing dangerous drama instead of embracing inspiration. And I’m not gonna let that happen on my watch.
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Read Joe’s full discussion. We are on a precarious edge, one where we must lean toward proper education and encouragement of science. Otherwise we will find ourselves with a generation bred to “teach the controversy” where there is none, putting not only the US but the world behind in advancement.
One of the most influential forces in the country is the media, crumbling bastions that are leaving factual news for the more lucrative entertainment and profit business. In doing so, they are giving way by citing comments and Twitter and what-have-you as fact and spreading the idea that those who have a voice have the right to be heard.
The issue is that while commenter Jim1968 may be a good man and an excellent plumber, he is probably not the best qualified to give insight into the importance of space exploration for society. Replacing a qualified individual with his words is detrimental to the story and its readers and makes for low-quality news.
What can you do? Support media that provide solid news. Leave input on their social network pages. And when you find a poor article, go out and find a better one and take a minute to learn about the subject.
Because science is incredible, and the more people interested and learning about it, the further it can take us.