At UW-Madison, Apr 23-24 a two-day Holier-Than-Thou Feast called “Science Writing In The Age Of Denial“.
The daylong conference April 23 will examine the history of organized doubt, denial and political persuasion, journalistic insight into the phenomenon, and an exploration of denialist themes that transcend political and topical boundaries. The conference will be followed by a half-day workshop on the morning of April 24. The workshop is intended to help science writers explore practical strategies and tactics for reporting and writing about science in the crosshairs of denial.
Among the speakers, Naomi Oreskes of “Big Oil is paying everybody I disagree with” fame.
It is of course impossible for anybody to explore…denialist themes that are literally not listened to. No better evidence for that than in an incredibly paranoid tweet by Scientific American online editor Bora Zivkovic
Expect the conference to degenerate into a collective onanism ritual. Time for a new classification…”junk science writers“?