August 25, 2006

Y'know, not everything is a tragedy.

Now how will students learn the planets?

It's just a silly little fluff piece on the reclassification of Pluto that, had it been written by a blogger, would have been used in a hard-hitting, 12 part series as an example of how dangerous blogging is when compared to Real Journalism. But what makes it even sillier is that after the silliness of the new mnemonic suggestions to remember the planets, the article actually goes to great pains (relatively speaking--it's only a few sentences long) to note how much of a problem this is going to be for museums. And it actually seems like they're trying to be serious about it.

Now, maybe the reporter is doing spoof of a spoof--one of those stories like "World to End Tomorrow--Women, Minorities Hardest Hit," since he does pick up on two of the Great Thematic Elements of Modern Reportage: The Childrentm, and Endangered Public Institutionstm. But I really have to believe that there is actually someone somewhere who really does see this as some kind of calamity that must be documented. I can only guess how long it will be before a way is found to blame George Bush for, for--well, for SOMETHING.

Posted by Terry Oglesby at August 25, 2006 09:37 AM

What I want to know is who will pay for all my now out-dated science and astronomy books? I hope some senator comes up with a welfare scheme for those of us struggling with this terrible problem.

Posted by: Jordana at August 25, 2006 10:03 AM

I demand a Congressional hearing on how this will effect middle-class homeowners!

Posted by: Terry Oglesby at August 25, 2006 10:39 AM

Mom visits each morning just stays until noon---[period].
Still works until they start adding.

Posted by: jim at August 25, 2006 12:10 PM

In the interest of inclusion and diversity, I recommend that all objects that orbit the Sun be named as full and complete members of the Solar System, with all having equal rights and responsibilities.

Posted by: Terry Oglesby at August 25, 2006 12:46 PM

I told my son about Pluto's demotion this morning. He told me he still considered it to be a planet and that the "stupid astronomers" didn't know what they were talking about.

Posted by: Jordana at August 25, 2006 12:55 PM

Personally, I'm for kicking Uranus out of the club until he gets a name that doesn't make people giggle.

Maybe we could change it to Buttram.

Posted by: Terry Oglesby at August 25, 2006 01:18 PM