Posted by: Loren Coleman on July 30th, 2012
The blog io9 has a new offering, “Is this study the bane of crypto-zoologists” by Esther Inglis-Arkell. Go there and read it. I don’t even want to spend any time quoting it, because I find it lacking in clear content. But some items need to be taken to task for merely having a horrible headline and a condescending tone, throughout, like this one does.
First off, this is an ill-conceived title, in the wake of the Bane villain in The Dark Knight Rises.
Second, the word is spelled “cryptozoologists,” not “crypto-zoologists.” And ” miss-classified” is spelled “misclassified.”
It is not the “Proceedings of the Royal Society of B,” but the Proceedings of the Royal Society of Biological Sciences.
Why not mention the authors of the study? They are Diana O. Fisher and Simon P. Blomberg.
Why not be clear about what the study is titled? “Correlates of rediscovery and the detectability of extinction in mammals”
Finally, OMG, why did Ms. Inglis-Arkell write this piece?
To make fun of cryptozoology.
To make fun of Finding Bigfoot.
To publish images of okapis.
Oh ya. Maybe Ms. Esther Inglis-Arkell just needed to fill her blog space? It seems as if she’s only interested, apparently, in making jokes about Bigfoot, and not engaging in a serious discussion.
Here’s what she says about herself:
Photo of Esther Inglis-Arkell
Esther Inglis-Arkell attended Dartmouth College to study physics before she came to San Francisco and started blogging about how to make things explode, historical events when things exploded, and occasionally writing about comics, tv, and movies in which things explode. She’s written for Io9, Comics Alliance, and 4thletter. None of them have exploded yet, but hopes are still high.
It is her ambition to write a little of everything, from memo to manifesto. Internet television scripts are helping her to her achieve that.”
Another bio is here.