CommComm posted on January 17, 2012 22:13

           There was an article I posted to facebook the other day that had the audaciousness to storm the fortress of "how science information comes to life". In this sense, coming to life being the normal "due process" by which journal articles are submitted and published. A broadside was fired and it's the latest in what are sure to be various assaults on the standard scientific community protocol, juxtaposed around the influence of social networking as a formidable alternative.  Here's a quote:

"For centuries, this is how science has operated through research done in private, then submitted to science and medical journals to be reviewed by peers and published for the benefit of other researchers and the public at large. But to many scientists, the longevity of that process is nothing to celebrate.......The system is hidebound, expensive and elitist, they say. Peer review can take months, journal subscriptions can be prohibitively costly, and a handful of gatekeepers limit the flow of information. It is an ideal system for sharing knowledge, said the quantum physicist Michael Nielsen, only “if you’re stuck with 17th-century technology..”

        If you have a moment the full text is equally as bodacious. 


       Switching subjects.........(I also mentioned this in the latest news, but just in case you missed it)


          Many thanks to the Hopkins Center for American Indian Health for allowing yours truly to come in and lecture on social media. It was part of their "Using Mass Media for Health Promotion in American Indian Communities," winter institute seminar. They were a wonderful audience, and I hope I passed along an idea or two.




Special thanks to the folks who made it possible: Kristen Speakman, Faculty Instructor, Nicole Pare & Danielle Tsingine, Course Coordinators.


Alonzo LaMont

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