Why do people pass on items before scrutinizing them? Some members of my Tweeter gang regularly Tweet press releases from such sources as Science Daily as if they were news. Then these Tweets are reTweeted and the peeping and chirping and crowing of Tweety birds grows louder and louder.
In a post from Arstechnica, the practice of treating such aggregators as PhysOrg and Science Daily as news was criticized:
[I]n a large number of contexts, these two sites are treated as credible sources of scientific information. Items posted there make frequent appearances on social news sites, and a number of people I've talked to have been shocked to discover that the majority of the sites' content is nothing more than rebranded press releases.
Ultimately, the job of editing and of peer review is to help ensure that only scientifically valid data and ideas end up in the literature. The job of the press should be to ensure that the public only receives reports of equal quality (or better, since the press can act as an additional layer of filtering). Unfortunately, with the rise of the press release, and of aggregators that disguise press releases as news content, the public is not being well served in this regard.
Reading through these interviews can be time-consuming, and worth the time. For example, each of the interviewees recommends his or her favorite blogs and books; these recommendations can send you off on several exploratory link-paths. They also talk about such topics as why they got into science blogging and how blogging affects their "day jobs."
Blogging has emerged as a powerful medium in recent years and nowhere is this more evident than in psychology and neuroscience. But who are the people behind these increasingly influential blogs? What are their motives and what advice do they have for aspiring bloggers? The Research Digest caught up with a handful of the world's leading psych bloggers to find out:
Jacy Young of Advances in the History of Psychology.
Jesse Bering of Bering in Mind.
Anthony Risser of BrainBlog.
David DiSalvo of Brainspin & Neuronarrative.
Petra Boynton of Dr Petra.
Vaughan Bell of Mind Hacks.
Mo Costandi of Neurophilosphy.
David Dobbs of Neuron Culture.
Neuroskeptic of Neuroskeptic.
Hesitant Iconoclast of Neurowhoa!
Scarlett de Courcier of Ramblings of an Academic Petrolhead, Paracademia and 28 others.
Dave Munger of Research Blogging and Cognitive Daily.
Wray Herbert of We're Only Human & Full Frontal Psychology.
Click to the post to follow links to all the interviews. You may find a new blog or two to add to your RSS feed.
The time has flown for Brains on Purpose™ and me. I am particularly grateful for all the people I have met as a result of this blog, and hope to hear from even more of you in the coming year. Thank you!
I am delighted to see a new blog in the conflict resolution blogosphere: Conflict Zen created by Dr. Tammy Lenski. Her message seems aligned with ours in valuing self-awareness and mindfulness. A while back we posted this quote:
There is a dimension to the practice of mediation that has received insufficient attention: the combination of psychological, intellectual, and spiritual qualities that make a [mediator] who he or she is. . . . Indeed, this . . . may be one of the most potent sources of the effectiveness of mediation.
I think those qualities of the mediator are the most important "sources of the effectiveness of mediation."
And it look as if Lenski will be speaking to those qualities. She writes:
Conflict Zen is the intersection of the threads of my professional life: teacher, professional mediator, executive coach, and writer. It is the place I will offer up simple, mindful practices for keeping your balance and changing your reaction in conflict. It's a site for anyone who wants to keep their balance better during difficult conversations, including mediators . . . .
Welcome to the inaugural post of Civil Negotiation and Mediation! I chose this name for three reasons. I will be discussing negotiation strategies in civil litigation. I will be making a pitch for putting the “civil” back into civil litigation. I will be reflecting on how civility is a hallmark of mediation and should be an aspiration of litigation. I hope to make accessible the research from social science, psychology, and neuroscience on negotiation and mediation. Along the way, we’ll have some fun.
I see that both Nancy Hudgin and I have taken the same mediation training: Gary Friedman's at the Center for Mediation in Law. No mediation training I have taken has ever come close to being as valuable as that which I received from Gary Friedman and Jack Himmelstein. They are the best. I am happy to meet in the blogopshere another Center trainee.
Welcome to you, Nancy. Maybe we can "have some fun" together!
If the conflict resolution blogosphere was a brain, all neuron pathways would lead to Diane Levin. She is a star shepherd, scout, and sage of our corner of the blog world. If I open my google reader and see that she has posted (no matter how busy or tired or distracted I may be), I eagerly look to see what she has written. She never fails to be informative, thought-provoking, and original. And where does she get those great graphics to brightly illustrate the topics of her posts?
If you have been reading Diane Levin in the past, or want to start following her now, you will want to know she has just moved addresses to MediationChannel.com. Click on over and see what she is doing with her new blog hearth and home. Diane says:
Tune in for the latest news, info, and ideas (not to mention the occasional offbeat story) about mediation, negotiation, conflict resolution & the law
[S]he's everyone's favorite ADR blogger. And not just because she writes the best; has the most eclectically "on message" posts; is the most responsible member of the ADR Blog Possee (yes, she's the ADR Blog Neighborhood Watch Captain); always finds the most apt images to illustrate any point she's making; and, is a mediator's mediator. No, it's genuinely because she's just so darn nice!!
Yep, I definitely second that. Congratulations, Diane. I send you an e-bouquet to celebrate your new place. (Image credit below.)
These busy days, so many newsletters and announcements arrive in my e-mailbox. Most of them I should read in order to keep informed. The rest I delete or click on "unsubscribe." The arrival of a very, very few make me smile with anticipation. Mediate.com is one of those rare arrivals that fall in the category of want-to-read—no, can't-wait-to-read! It is the mediation publication and Web site. One can keep up with the latest, read the intelligent thoughts, ideas, and practices of other professionals, and easily follow what's going on that's related to ADR in the blogosphere. A big plus: Mediate.com has fostered a community feel and flavor. Congratulations on your 200th issue and two million thanks.
If you don't know of this extraordinary mediation resource, I recommend that you remedy that right now and acquaint yourself with Mediate.com. Be sure to sign up for the Mediate.com newsletter.