Brief note: media in the case of Darwinus and Cold Fusion

Brian Switek just published this interesting account of the Darwinus (aka Ida) and the media (including science blogs) (probably via Bora?):

Switek, B. J. (2010). Ancestor or Adapiform? Darwinius and the Search for Our Early Primate Ancestors Evolution: Education and Outreach, doi:10.1007/s12052-010-0261-x

I don't know much about the science, but it's interesting to compare the story with that of Lewenstein's recounting [*] of the media surrounding cold fusion.

Both speak of secrecy and chaos and science reporters trying to get the story - the real story.  In both cases there was media hype that didn't match the science  - although how this happened and what happened is quite different between the two cases. The media want to tell grand stories of wonder and possible applications and scientists want their stories to be told... Hmm... deserves further inspection.

[*] Lewenstein, B. V. (1995). From fax to facts: Communication in the cold fusion saga. Social Studies of Science, 25(3), 403-436. doi:10.1177/030631295025003001

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