Lessons learned from Twitter GMO debates with David Crosby and other celebrities

| | September 14, 2018
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When we are passionate about a topic, it is natural for us to become overly emotional when someone gets it wrong. Twitter, being the cesspool of the internet, sees this a lot. It can get even more stressful when a celebrity, with potentially millions of followers, gets something wrong.

…. Often thousands of people reply to the celebrity and are just ignored. Sometimes, like when Fran Drescher accused me of being a white man trying to sell cancer food, they respond by attacking.

Earlier last week I was tagged in a post replying to singer/songwriter David Crosby. Crosby had retweeted someone complaining about “glyphosate staying in the corn”. Looking further back the original discussion was about the insanely high cost of insulin for diabetics, but as usual, the topic got derailed. Because he is diabetic, because he is rightfully upset, and because the life saving insulin itself is made with genetic engineering ….

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Hesitantly I replied to someone on the thread who thought glyphosate was a problem in regards to groundwater. According to the Chesapeake Stormwater Network, farmers switching to glyphosate from its alternatives have actually improved the groundwater.

…. David Crosby liked my tweet …. he accepted that he might not know everything about a topic outside his expertise.

Gwyneth Paltrow and Mark Ruffalo should take note.

Read full, original article: What David Crosby just taught me about science communication

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