[Coral-List] Has the death of the Great Barrier Reef been greatly exaggerated??

Steve Mussman 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

     -----Original Message-----
     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
     greatly exaggerated??

   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 <[1]sealab at earthlink.net>

        Dear Doug,
        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.
        Regards, Steve
        ---Original Message-----
          >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
          greatly exaggerated??
          >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
          >hits, including:
          >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.
          >Cheers, Doug
          >Douglas Fenner
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   1. mailto:sealab at earthlink.net
   2. http://www.outsideonline.com/2112086/obituary-great-barrier-reef-25-milli
   3. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/scientists-take-on-great-barrier-reef
   4. http://www.businessinsider.com/coral-bleaching-viral-obituary-what-actual
   5. https://www.yahoo/
   6. tel:1%20684%20622-7084
   7. http://www.fit.edu/isrs/
   8. http://www.nature.com/nature/journal/v538/n7624/full/538171c.html?WT.ec_i
   9. http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/blogs/earthmatters/2016/09/12/heres-how-
  10. http://independent.academia.edu/DouglasFenner
  11. http://ocean.si.edu/blog/reefs-american-samoa-story-hope
  12. mailto:Coral-List at coral.aoml.noaa.gov
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