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Re: New finds
In a message dated 7/11/02 7:15:03 PM Pacific Daylight Time,
<< Or is the public so blasay that they don't care? Give them
sports and a
beer and that's all they need? >>
What kind of beer?
Using a program that checks all 4 of my e-mail accounts, I looked
at the threads progressing onlist while waiting for the Slate
home page to download. I clicked Dinogeorge's comment, and after
the Slate page was complete, a Flash-generated car drove across
the page leaving skid marks and making a loud roaring sound.
Point is the noise, clutter, and convenient distractions around.
There's competition for attention when interest by the reader
I was about to go offline and read Dred by Harriet Beecher Stowe,
which is proving enjoyable, and which is shown by text reader
software written to imitate a book as closely as possible. And
then play a Vivaldi mandolin concerto from my hard drive.
High (later), middle, low culture is all mixed and available
when something more than distraction is required.
What is science reporting? Serious analysis or interesting distraction?
I study some reports closely, others just for a few facts to
know what happened.
So, not just sports, and not only because people don't care.
There's too much to care about. That's the context for what
happens to science writing.
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