The “Bloggies” seem to have been gamed by climate change denialists who have scuttled the science category.
When this year’s shortlists were released earlier this week, not only was the science or technology category flooded with climate sceptics blogs, but they had also spread into other categories, too, most notably “Best Weblog about Politics”. How, for example, had the Global Warming Policy Foundation come to be shortlisted? Putting aside its thematic focus for one second, all the site largely does is cross-post other people’s content and re-write the headlines. It offers little in the way of original content and, most perplexingly, doesn’t even allow readers to leave a comment.
I asked Nolan if I could see the longlist for both of the mentioned categories to see how extensively climate sceptic blogs featured. He kindly passed them on and what I saw shocked me. Of the 17 blogs longlisted in the science or technology category, 13 (by my reckoning – italicised) were either run by climate sceptics, or popular with climate sceptics.
The absurdity is compounded further still. I probably follow the online climate debate closer than most, but I genuinely had never even heard of some of these climate sceptic blogs…
Yep. Something screwy going on there. A LEGITIMATE skeptical blog, Skeptical Science, was also in the running but they have asked to be withdrawn from the shortlist due to its concerns about the legitimacy of the voting process. Take a look at the list and decide whether that category actually represents science. This is shameful and it also makes the Bloggies credibility go down the tubes.