Science Writing

Beauty in science writing

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(Photo: Polyommatus bellargus (Lycaenidae), by Ettore Ballochi – CC BY-SA 3.0) Over 2 years ago now, over at the Tree of Life blog, Jonathan Eisen posted “The best writing in science papers: …

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Working harder to reach audiences where they are by Alexandra Svokos

Similarly, news organizations should consider the tone of articles. Trust in media is low, and I’d venture to bet part of that is because we don’t write the same way we talk — which creates a disconnect, and thus mistrust, for the audience. Call a quote untrue when a source says something untrue. Live a little with your word choice. How much bothsidesism do we really need when one side is founded on spreading misinformation or hate-grounded rhetoric? Some of what I’d recommend is just basic good practice: Read your writing out loud and see if it sounds like something a human would say.

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Future Building

Invest in beauty

Quoted by Austin Kleon (Twitter)

“What we need today more than anything else is to invest in beauty, because beauty is harmony which comes from chaos. But we invest in chaos, because chaos is much more profitable than peace… Beauty is a kind of safety valve for people.”