Marc Hauser, Virginia Heffernan, & Stephen Fry — Neuron Culture’s August Best

Moving your blog generally creams one’s reader numbers. So I was happy to see that though I left Scienceblogs in mid-July, August was easily Neuron Culture’s highest traffic month ever. What generates so much interest? Scandal and dustups. What’s new in the world? My Marc Hauser coverage easily generated the biggest share of traffic, with […]

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Guardian announces new blog network and scidom over the blogosphere

The Guardian launched a new blog network yesterday, with a strong lineup: GrrlScientist covering matters evo and orni (bird lovers, take note), Evan Harris covering policy and politics and such, Martin Robbins bringing the Lay Scientist to a new banner, and Jon Butterworth of UCL talking life and physics. I understand they’re planning to expand. You can […]

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[Updated:] For Virginia Heffernan readers, some context on the Scienceblogs-Pepsi fizz

Before commenting I’ll make three disclosures up top: I have written and plan on continuing to write for the same magazine, though I think this does not seriously constrain me here; I’ve enjoyed many of Heffernan’s columns, but do not know her; I appreciate her nice nod to my blog and my writing on PepsiGate. … His website, well worth tracking, is http://blog.coturnix.org/ Meanwhile, if you want my own short list, see the particularly sharp commentaries or roundups on the meltdown that came from Martin Robbins , Paul Raeburn at Knight Science Journalism Tracker; the Guardian , and two “legacy media” heavyweights — Carl Zimmer , he of well-deserved NY Times fame, and former Scientific American editor John Rennie — neither of whom seem to share Hefferman’s casual reaction to ad-ed wall violations. ,

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McKenna & Blum (and her Pulitzer) leave ScienceBlogs

We had not been at that paper very long when stupid actions by his supervisors confronted him with a choice that no one who loves their work wants to make: Stay and be ethically compromised, or leave with intact standards and an empty wallet. … All these venues — and more are being formed as you read this — are all trying to figure out how to make money, and in doing so, must confront old questions (how to make money in a way that doesn’t compromise content) amid new financial and publications structures.

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The ScienceBlog exodus continues

Of Seed Media’s recent recent and not-so-recent blunders, such as (as Bora put it ) “t hings like this and this and this and this ,”, PalMD says: [Seed’s management[ also showed that they do not consider themselves (or we bloggers) to be “media” or journalists. Whether we like it or not, we are the media, and while we may enjoy a great deal more freedom in style and content than most mainstream media, we cannot claim immunity from their ethics.

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Are bloggers journalists? BoraZ nails this slippery thang to the floor

We here at Scienceblogs, by virtue of moving from our individual blogs to the network, have largely left the realm of “distributed by individuals to each other”. … Which is why the blurring of lines between us who are hired and paid to write (due to our own qualities and expertise which we earned), and those who are paying to have their material published here is deeply unethical.

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