Posted by Jeff Id on June 1, 2010
I really should be playing with some data today, but there isn’t much time again. Having an extended break from blogging has given me a few chances to introspect on the subject – Kayaking with my son in my lap, up and down the Muskegon river looking at heron’s, snakes, fish, turtles etc. gave me a lot of time to think quietly.
What is the goal of the Air Vent after all? So many say it’s a denier blog but I see it as the opposite. There is no truth that I or this crowd would intentionally deny and I would love to see someone try it. Perhaps Tamino could write a fake denier article and publish it here to see the response. He’d be slaughtered. Accepting bad arguments is just not in our making. That is one of my favorite reasons to read your comments BTW, nobody get’s a free pass here, including me. From my perspective the blog post is something I already know or believe or have figured out, from your perspective it’s something to critique, agree with or expand on. In the end, blogging is superior to so many forms of media for developing understanding. We can consider our thoughts for hours before replying if we like, as I’ve become more familiar with the medium my own consideration sometimes extends to days.
Blogging or more particularly, science blogging, is a thinking persons communication. It really is. Who knew that reviled skeptics would increase the land temperature trend here while at the same time reducing the Antarctic trend publications. I didn’t, until we checked. Where else can you write your opinions behind an anonymous moniker with only minimal fear of repercussion. Writing on line is so different from radio and television, which cannot support thoughtful discussion of any kind. Blog comments are an interesting dynamic, although the blog owner is given too much automatic credibility (at other blogs 🙂 ). Honestly, I’ve learned more than written. Strong personalities blog, and comment on blogs, and in my view concerning a certain personality type, the credibility the blog owner’s credibility is far too often enforced with comment moderation. After all, who is qualified to have an opinion and who is qualified to determine who can talk.
Science blogging in an openly moderated environment allows people of substantial thought to spend time discussing real issues in a historically unique situation. Where else in history has every nuance of an argument been beaten to a pulp in public. Talking doesn’t allow the dynamic to occur. The amount of information in blogland has become so incredible that us humans can’t keep up with it. How many links have you old salty climate dogs been asked to read when it may take several hours to truly grasp? How many are instantly crap from the first paragraph? Who hasn’t recognized the personality which prefers the disagreement to the truth or the lightweight who won’ t listen even though they admit no technical background?
In the end, it’s an entertainment that has a powerful ability to change the world — as climategate has shown.
Blogging is in its infancy but it is growing up. For profit media is pushing to ever more polarizing positions to the detriment of their income, but people are smarter than politicians realize. As the world changes, the “elite” will need to understand that we are taking ever more control. We are able to see through the corruption and the scams with a clarity that only the true information revolution can create. The glass walls are falling in a way that wasn’t possible in the past.
When an engineer with an anonymous moniker, can start a free blog, plot data, discuss results and politics, and it joins with a readership of powerful minds that affect policy around the world, think about what that might mean for the future of the human race. Votes changed over the body of work here and on other blogs – government ones, besides the fact that it’s incredibly stupid, think of how amazing that is.
I’m not sure if the future true information age will be for the better, but today in the context of climate science, it seems to be working out just fine. How simultaneously humbling and exciting this has been. Science blogging for me is truth in advertising– not the black and white truth of math but rather an adventure in truth in advertising where results trump belief.
This was not the post that I set out to write, but sometimes just exposing your thoughts and letting yourself write is the right thing to do..