You know, I hear a lot of noise about the internet’s “outrage culture” and how everyone needs to be more polite and stop making people, especially white male people, so uncomfortable. The latest was a disappointing rant by Patton Oswalt who wants everyone to stop criticizing comics (dealt with well by Joe Garden, another comedian).
They never seem to factor in the fact that there is also a lot to be outraged about, and that complacency isn’t a solution, it’s a potentiator of problems. It can be racism, it can be the growing divide between classes, it can be the abuse of women…it doesn’t matter how big the problem is, someone will be whining that you aren’t allowed to complain.
At least we can find unity in one thing: The “Food Babe” Blogger Is Full of Shit. This is the latest expose of her bad science, and it’s damning. It’s written by someone who knows what they’re talking about.
I am an analytical chemist with a background in forensics and toxicology. Before working full-time as a science writer and public speaker, I worked as a chemistry professor, a toxicology chemist, and in research analyzing pesticides for safety. I now run my own blog, Science Babe, dedicated to debunking pseudoscience that tends to proliferate in the blogosphere. Reading Hari’s site, it’s rare to come across a single scientific fact. Between her egregious abuse of the word "toxin" anytime there’s a chemical she can’t pronounce and asserting that everyone who disagrees with her is a paid shill, it’s hard to pinpoint her biggest sin.
And then the author tears her apart bit by bit. It’s glorious.
Then I looked in on the Food Babe blog. It was depressing. There’s some good stuff there — sure, nice healthy recipes are fine — but all the stupidity leavening it makes it repugnant. And then there’s the long list of endorsements she publicizes:the New York Times, Good Morning America, Dr Oz, The Doctors, USA Today, CNN. This is why she succeeds: the media are willing panderers to her flavor of garbage.
Maybe someone ought to introduce them to Science Based Cuisine. CNN ought to bring Dr Ricky on instead of the uneducated person with no knowledge of science or food.