Popular Science has had it with morons. In an effort to curb people from posting idiotic, rude and over-the-top comments on its site, the magazine has eliminated the option.
“Comments can be bad for science,” wrote PopSci’s online content director, Suzanne LaBarre. “That’s why, here at PopularScience.com, we’re shutting them off.”
A politically motivated, decades-long war on expertise has eroded the popular consensus on a wide variety of scientifically validated topics. Everything, from evolution to the origins of climate change, is mistakenly up for grabs again. Scientific certainty is just another thing for two people to ‘debate’ on television. And because comments sections tend to be a grotesque reflection of the media culture surrounding them, the cynical work of undermining bedrock scientific doctrine is now being done beneath our own stories, within a website devoted to championing science.
It’s hard to argue with her, but we’re sure someone, somewhere, really wants to.