Here at the Tracker, we like to take note of the comings and goings of trackers everywhere. If we don’t do it, who will?
So I’d like to report that The New York Times has chosen its new tracker. (They call her the public editor, but that’s their loss.) Her name is Margaret M. Sullivan, and she has been the editor of the Buffalo News since 1999. She wants to continue the every-other-Sunday column in the print edition, but her main focus will be on supercharging the commentary and criticism online.
That’s a good thing, although we don’t yet know what that means. Let’s hope the Times lets comments flow and that Sullivan engages with her readers online, creating a dialogue that we would all learn from.
The most important thing we can hope for, in my view, is that, unlike her predecessors, she’s willing to engage in criticism (and praise) of science and medical stories. I had several interactions with the [...]Ed Yong takes on Oxytocin hype. Yong wins.
In a post this week titled Oxytocin: The Hype Hormone, blogger Ed Yong takes on both the over-selling (and oversimplification) that grows out of the science of neurochemistry:
“You may have heard of oxytocin as the “moral molecule” or the “hug hormone” or the “cuddle chemical”. Unleashed by hugs, available in a handy nasal spray, and possessed with the ability to boost trust, empathy and a laundry list of virtues, it is apparently the cure to all the world’s social ills.
Except it’s not.”
The post was apparently partly inspired by a recent interview in The Guardian with American author Paul Zak, who has, in fact, written a book called The Moral Molecule and who, again apparently, likes to be called Dr. Love, a nickname that one would think would normally set off warning flags and signal flares.
But as that doesn’t seem to be always the case, Yong makes an effort to sort out the so-called love science of oxytocin. He [...]Categories: About Journalism Environment & Energy Stories German Language Media Health & Medicine Stories Rastreador Científico en Español Science Stories Links Association of Health Care Journalists Council for the Advancement of Science Writing Health News Review Knight Science Journalism Fellowships Medien-Doktor – The German HealthNewsReview National Association of Science Writers Sigma Xi/American Scientist – Science in the News Society of Environmental Journalists The Observatory —CJR Get Tracker Posts: Entries (RSS) Comments (RSS) Archives: July 2012 June 2012 May 2012 April 2012 March 2012 February 2012 January 2012 December 2011 November 2011 October 2011 September 2011 August 2011 July 2011 June 2011 May 2011 April 2011 March 2011 February 2011 January 2011 December 2010 November 2010 October 2010 September 2010 August 2010 July 2010 June 2010 May 2010 April 2010 March 2010 February 2010 January 2010 December 2009 November 2009 October 2009 September 2009 August 2009 July 2009 June 2009 May 2009 April 2009 March 2009 February 2009 January 2009 December 2008 November 2008 October 2008 September 2008 August 2008 July 2008 June 2008 May 2008 April 2008 March 2008 February 2008 January 2008 December 2007 November 2007 October 2007 September 2007 August 2007 July 2007 June 2007 May 2007 April 2007 March 2007 February 2007 January 2007 December 2006 November 2006 October 2006 September 2006 August 2006 July 2006 June 2006 May 2006 April 2006
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