Miscalibrated Internet Receptor Stalks

"Comments can be bad for science."

Popular Science online content director Suzanne LeBarre wrote that statement when announcing yesterday that the site will no longer allow comments on new articles due to "trolls and spambots" hurting discussion.

LaBarre further wrote in her post:

A politically motivated, decades-long war on expertise has eroded the popular consensus on a wide variety of scientifically validated topics. Everything, from evolution to the origins of climate change, is mistakenly up for grabs again. Scientific certainty is just another thing for two people to "debate" on television. And because comments sections tend to be a grotesque reflection of the media culture surrounding them, the cynical work of undermining bedrock scientific doctrine is now being done beneath our own stories, within a website devoted to championing science.


Image: Cover of February 2013 issue

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