Issues Public Experts Face

Climate Change for the Information Commons

You can’t say you weren’t warned.

Here are some excerpts from a recent Digiday interview with an anonymous young journalist now working at a tech company, headlined “’Not on me to save the media industry’: Confessions of an early-career journalist leaving the industry”:

I saw your recent announcement that you were leaving your job at a legacy news publication?

Fraud, Science & the Story That Wins

Why do some scientists commit scientific fraud?

If you’re a scientist, “How would I know?” is probably your smartest answer here. But your real answer is probably something like “ambition,” “ego,” and/or “they’re not good enough scientists.”

Here’s what interests me: All of the above answers (including “How would I know?”)…

Three Overlooked Elements of Effective Public Expertise

I keep coming back to a point Gemma Derrick alluded to during my recent podcast interview with her on “grimpact”: The idea of “science communication” contains a structural incoherency, in that science traditionally offers a) caveated “yes but” answers instead of the b) definitive “yes or no” answers most non-scientists crave (and, let’s face it, need).…

Your Secret Weapon: You Know What You’re Talking About

Here’s one of the most familiar narratives in science:

We knew that! We’ve been saying that for years! Why didn’t you know that?

It’s the story of a subculture — a scientific field — so insular that it thinks it’s sufficiently communicated a piece of knowledge to the rest of the world, only to discover (after years, maybe even decades) that the rest of the world didn’t get the message at all.…