I don’t mean to be neglecting the blog today

But I’m neglecting the blog today. I’m finally at #scio14, and it’s busy busy busy. So far today I’ve been in sessions on reaching diverse audiences and on doing better at serving differently abled communities, because I’d like to do both, and this afternoon there’s stuff on media and networks and who knows what that will keep me engaged.

It’s actually refreshing to be here–it really is a diverse group, and there are lots of younger people (I feel like the crotchety old fogie…oh, wait, I always feel like that). My goal this weekend is to dispel a little bit of my disillusionment with online communities and get inspired again, and this is a good place to do that. So I’m just making little notes on ideas that can give me fresh eyes and change up what I do…and I hope, do it better.

You’ll forgive a little mild distractedness for that, right?


  1. moarscienceplz says

    PZ, be sure you tell all them young whippersnappers about how you used to have to carve your blog into stone tablets and deliver it by hand in the snow uphill both ways. Fogie power!

  2. chigau (違う) says

    old fogy
    jidai kurena hito.
    literally “era delayed person”
    I ♥ the Internets.

  3. chippanfire says

    “differently abled”? Did the disabled people in these sessions use this phraseology?

  4. says

    “differently abled”? Did the disabled people in these sessions use this phraseology?

    It is a commonly used term, I am not sure why you find it so strange. Like all terms there is disagreement about them, and some people do not like “differently abled”, but it is most definitely commonly used by disabled people that dislike the connotations of “disabled”.

  5. chippanfire says

    Well, it may be a commonly used term in the US but not in the UK. In the UK, theory and activism tends to be based around the social model of disability which holds that societal attitudes are what prevent people with impairments from achieving equality (very broad brush definition). Thus we do speak of “disabled people” because people have been disabled by these barriers. Terms like “differently abled” or “handicapable” would get very short shrift. My questioning the usage was because I would be surprised that disabled activists and in the US are so different in their thinking. I hope you’re more sure of my reasons now.