A new science blogging scandal shows that the conflicts between commercial platforms and bloggers continue to dog the integration of blogs into mainstream media outlets.
Revisiting the subject of social media and scientific research–have we made much progress in the last few years?
Major social media plays in science hit the rocks, as hype hits reality and the culture of science.
Blogging still gets no respect. Is that because we’re more hidebound about our communication advances than the 16th century was?
Another science blogging network implodes, a sign that the age of exuberance is giving way to the business realities.
Open blogging networks may be impossible to commercialize, for a host of reasons.
The science blogosphere erupted in a furor this week, when Seed Media’s ScienceBlogs announced a new blog–Food Frontiers, a paid, sponsored blog about nutrition written by employees of PepsiCo. Multiple bloggers either suspended their blogs or quit ScienceBlogs altogether over their concerns that adding this blog undermined the credibility of the platform and their credibility as individual writers. Eventually, ScienceBlogs caved under the pressure and removed Pepsi’s blog. Did ScienceBlogs sell out to commercial interests, or was this just a continuation of what they’ve always done?
Scientists seem uninterested in participating in social media offerings, as the rewards offered are generally of insufficient value to warrant the effort required. Instead of just hoping that scientists will suddenly see the value in your product, why not offer incentives for participation?