Remember, from last Saturday, “A lot of science writers are tweeting about duck sex now, so that’s a plus.”
Now, from Digg:
On balance, Neil deGrasse Tyson has done an immense amount of work raising the public’s awareness around science. But peel back the veneer of his good fight against anti-science and you’re left with something that isn’t exactly pro-science. Starting a feud with B.o.B. over why the Earth isn’t flat doesn’t promote science, nor does it “convert” non-believers. Endlessly tweeting about scientifically incorrect things in ‘Star Wars’ isn’t getting anyone to thumb through a research paper. More.
Gosh, Digg’s Cool score is pretty high. So is Tyson going to join Dawkins on the C list of retro science stars? Right now, the big news about Dawkins is, he’s not popular with the government of Turkey…
Who’s the next science superstar?
Note: This could be part of a pattern of broad cultural changes that feels to me like a 3000 piece puzzle one-tenth done, and that only in scattered sections. People like Dawkins and Tyson were once untouchable. Who is still untouchable in science? Besides Hawking?