January 6, 2007

Bad Articles on Good Subjects

Aside from being horribly composed, this article addressing neuroscience and free will in the Times is old news as far as the research is concerned. But it is a good example of how journalism can go wrong.

It's a risk when you try to add touches of whimsy to a serious topic. Overbye fumbled this attempt. The discussion should have been a bit more serious and it should have been labeled as an essay since there really isn't any news involved. He is quite obviously trying to disguise his personal worldview as an objective article.

Despite the sloppy style of the piece, it did generate a good follow-up of questions and answers. Definitely worth a look.

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