[Coral-List] Has the death of the Great Barrier Reef been greatly exaggerated??
sealab at earthlink.net
Tue Oct 18 15:27:51 EDT 2016
At the very least I think that the wide range of reactions to the Outside
article would provoke some introspection regarding what and how we choose to
communicate about the immediate and long term future of coral reefs..
Admittedly, serious researchers are unlikely to resort to satire, but that
doesn't necessarily mean that parody has no place in the conversation. Many
scientists have expressed the view that pieces like this are damaging in
that they invoke a sense of futility and hopelessness. But what about the
dangers of framing restoration and resiliency as the best way out? There
seems to be some potential pitfalls there as well. Why not use the occasion
to emphasize the fact that often times there can be unintended consequences
in how information is received and understood? If nothing else the article
should encourage everyone involved in coral reef conservation to pause and
reconsider what it is that we want to say and what forms of expression are
best suited to get the message out there with clarity and purpose. Steve
From: Dennis Hubbard
Sent: Oct 18, 2016 9:58 AM
To: Steve Mussman
Cc: Douglas Fenner , coral list
Subject: Re: [Coral-List] Has the death of the Great Barrier Reef been
As I remember, there was a disclaimer that this was a "future" obituary. We
have waaaaaaaaaaay too much time on our hands if we spend any time going
back and forth on this one.
On Mon, Oct 17, 2016 at 11:07 AM, Steve Mussman <sealab at earthlink.net>
Yes, it seems that the article/obituary has set off a firestorm. I took
as satire, but it seems that many readers and scientific purists felt
betrayed. Does it hurt legitimate science? Does it fuel indifference
hopelessness? I'm not sure, but it did get people talking about the
of coral reefs and I believe that's better than neglect.. After all,
higher purpose of satire is to be sure to infuse it with "the intent of
shaming individuals, corporations, government, or society itself into
improvement". You can't deny that in that sense, this is exactly what
coral doctor ordered.
>From: Douglas Fenner
>Sent: Oct 17, 2016 4:19 AM
>To: coral list
>Subject: [Coral-List] Has the death of the Great Barrier Reef been
>Here's the piece that seems to have started this debate off:
>Obituary: Great Barrier Reef (25 million BC- 2016)
>A quick search on "is the Great Barrier Reef dead" produced a myriad
>Great Barrier Reef obituary goes viral, to the horror of scientists.
>An irresponsible obituary for the Great Barrier Reef has gone viral-
>what's actually going on.
>The Great Barrier Reef isn't dead, in spite of its viral obituary
>and many more.
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