I by no means am offering solutions to this. Instead I hope readers in the comments will help out by posting their past experiences with this situation and detailing how they’ve handled it. That said, I need your help to make this post work! First, my poster experience.
My posting rate has dropped dramatically in the past weeks. After AGU I headed down to Santa Cruz and couch surfed for a week before finally making my way to San Luis Obispo to be home for the holidays. I’ll hold myself back from talking about all the awesome Mexican food and beer I’ve been consuming…
Progress on my manuscript has been short coming. Gotta say it’s hard to keep working when it’s so nice out and a friend calls up to go hiking/drinking/riding/shooting/ect. Also, finally got a new laptop to replace my dying Dell machine. So now photoshop and illustrator are back online to work on figures.
In short, by the end of today I want to have my discussion section finished, and hopefully figures updated. Will go hiking up Bishop’s Peak as a break/tantime/exercise.
|What is this? Come see my poster! (via C. Rowe. )|
The purpose of this post is simply some shameless self promotion for my poster tomorrow morning. Come say Hi and see some incredible photos from one of the best kept(maybe) secrets along the California coast.
Holy crap, AGU is here and in full swing. The morning kicked off with a bracing cup of Peet’s Coffee and then morning talks. Everything went by so damn fast. Post lunch I went to see the Simon Winchester keynote address.
First (before the speech) there was a rigid speech by the AGU President Michael McPhaden introducing the AGU meeting. Then followed a hilarious welcome to San Francisco video and a welcome message from the Mayor, Edwin Lee. Finally Simon Winchester got up to give his talk.
He told us that he hoped no one in the front row had tomatoes. I was really hoping he would use this opportunity to address many of the issues brought up regarding his News Week article “The Scariest Quake is Yet to Come”. Instead he chose to focus on inspirations for his latest novel. Although a great story teller, I felt recounting his inspirations fell flat in light of more important issues.
Before the Q&A session began after his speech. He did give some explanation for the writing of that article, though he failed to apologize for his lack of correcting himself after the publishing the blatant inaccuracies.
See, that News Week article was on the front page. It spread misinformation to everyone of their readers. However, there was never a rebuttal, or correction published on the same magnitude. The damage was done, and never corrected.
If Simon Winchester had really wanted to apologize he would have written a correcting article and issued a formal apology to the public. Instead he stood by his comments and the fear-mongering misinformation stayed with the public.