ScienceBlogs jumps the shark.

Well, in case you hadn’t noticed already, what with several of their best science writers and various scientists and philosophers leaving, and the content being driven more and more by politics/religion rather than science, ScienceBlogs has removed any doubt that they have, in fact, jumped the shark. They are now the home of Food Frontiers, an Orwellian nutrition blog written by PepsiCo.

The only blog I still read there regularly is Laelaps, but maybe I’ll just wait for the book instead.

Recommended instead of ScienceBlogs:

Not Exactly Rocket Science and The Loom, among others at Discover Blogs.

Adaptive Complexity and others at Scientific Blogging

Catalogue of Organisms and Sex, Genes & Evolution at Field of Science

Sandwalk

NeuroLogica

Evolving Thoughts

The Tree of Life

Rationally Speaking

Recursivity

Small Things Considered

John Hawks Weblog

Evolutionary Novelties

Genomicron (that’s me!)

And just for fun:

Dr. Twittenheimer


13 comments to ScienceBlogs jumps the shark.

  • Hey now – most of the bloggers at science blogs aren’t too happy about this. But why punish the good bloggers there for this? Like Brian Switek, or Jason Goldman, or Scicurious, or… well, me, I think. Being sponsored by Pepsi doesn’t change what we write. Just don’t read the new blog/advertisement.

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    • There are indeed some good science bloggers at ScienceBlogs, but they’re increasingly diluted — and this is a particularly huge dilution of credibility.

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    • Decided to check out your blog, you know, to be fair.  Oops! Bad timing, I guess:


      Pepsi — just another blogger?

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      • Bobo

         

        Decided to check out your blog, you know, to be fair.  Oops! Bad timing, I guess: Pepsi — just another blogger?

         
         
        Yeah, I mean that’s clearly pretty damning evidence.  PepsiCo advertisements placed squarely where they belong in the advertising boxes of the website?  This is definitive proof that a PepsiCo-sponsored blog is going to feed up nonsense in the content section of said blog.
         
         

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        • How many other science bloggers on ScienceBlogs buy site-wide ads?

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          • Bobo

             

            How many other science bloggers on ScienceBlogs buy site-wide ads?  (Quote)

             
            Irrelevant.  Come back when you’ve got some evidence that (1) the blog claims that “Pepsi cures diabetes” or makes up some other equally ridiculous pro-sponsor rubbish, or (2) sponsorship has soured ScienceBlogs as a whole.
             
            (Although I agree that the name is no longer particularly appropriate, and the only reason I go there is for PZ’s posts which quite often have little to do with science. But I’ll point out briefly that your own blog, even when posts are science-related, often acts more as a vehicle of self-promotion than as a channel to output evolutionary biology or genomics.)
             

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            Irrelevant.  Come back when you’ve got some evidence that (1) the blog claims that “Pepsi cures diabetes” or makes up some other equally ridiculous pro-sponsor rubbish, or (2) sponsorship has soured ScienceBlogs as a whole.   (Although I agree that the name is no longer particularly appropriate, and the only reason I go there is for PZ’s posts which quite often have little to do with science. But I’ll point out briefly that your own blog, even when posts are science-related, often acts more as a vehicle of self-promotion than as a channel to output evolutionary biology or genomics.)

            Every now and then I talk about philosophy and logic on this blog, when I’m not just self-promoting. For example, I might mention logical fallacies such as straw man or tu quoque if the topic should arise.

             

             

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  • Interestingly enough, I use Adblock Plus and MVPS’ hosts file and as a result, I don’t see any of these ads. The things I’m missing out on, I guess?
     
    I think the outcry may be reacting too soon. So far Food Frontiers has a grand total of 1 post. Let’s see what else they come up with.

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  • Most (not all, just most) of ScienceBlogs jumped the shark a long time ago. Some, I would argue, never even needed to jump anything.

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