Sunday, March 7, 2010

A little more Science on Science Friday

This past friday, Science Friday did a Persuasion, Energy, and Behavior segment. Generally, I'm very pleased with National Public Radio. They tend more toward objective, in-depth reporting than anything else on the radio. And this is a really great show; encouraging science is something we need to do in this country.

However, I found this piece much less NPR Science and much more mass-media Editorial. It was disappointing. Some of the concepts were interesting -- i.e., are some people not trying to be energy-efficient due to their political views -- but the overtone of "If you don't use Compact Fluorescent Lights (CFLs), you're stupid" was insulting. I've certainly had misgivings about CFLs in the past -- their technology and their disposal -- and I don't consider myself 'Stupid'.

I was pleased to note that there are multiple pages of similar commentary on the segment page forums, so hopefully the producers will take note.

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