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March 09, 2007
How journalists face the evolutionary test of lice
I read in yesterday's Times how our own evolutionary changes made life miserable for lice. (Here's Science) The trouble was that as we descended from trees, we were losing much of our body hair. For lice, this amounted to deforestation! Huge stretches of savannah, or even desert, were opening up across our torsos--their ecosystem. They had to adapt. And adapt they did. Some crawled north and settled in our hair. Others headed south and adapted to our steamier, thick-stranded groves.
I've sat here for a few minutes playing with various analogies between these resourceful lice and all of the professionals, including journalists, who face wrenching change. Let's just leave it at this: All of us at one point or another have been called "lousy." Perhaps we should take it as an inspiration to emulate our parasitic brethren, and adapt.
mainstream media, society
The question I have to ponder then is:
Do I head north to the headiness of intellectual journalism? Or,
Do I slide south to the steamier side of writing?
Posted by: Jeff Hess at March 11, 2007 08:39 AM
This is posssibly one of the weirdest things I've ever read, but it made me smile a lot. Keep being lousy :)
Posted by: Heather Chopping at March 11, 2007 10:19 AM
Jeff, I would say there are ample opportunities in both realms. What you want to skip is that commoditized desert that rises between them.
Posted by: steve baker at March 13, 2007 02:42 PM