Monday, August 31, 2009

How Science Reporting (Too Often) Works

For the entire cartoon, click here.

From: SMBC, via Boing-Boing.


rhhardin said...

John Gall's _Systemantics_ has a nice analysis of something you see all over, quote:

Orwell's Inversion: the confusion of input and output:

Example: A giant program is to Conquer Cancer is begun. At the end of five years, cancer has not been conquered, but one thousand research papers have been published. In addition, one million copies of a pamphlet entitled ``You and the War Against Cancer'' have been distributed. Those publications will absolutely be regarded as Output rather than Input.

Joseph Smidt said...

Yeah, this is funny and unfortunately has some truth to it.