domingo, 13 de outubro de 2013

Don’t Start None, Won’t Be None


wachemshe hao hao kwangu mtapoa
I got this wrap cloth from Tanzania. It’s a khanga. It was the first khanga I purchased while I was in Africa for my nearly 3 month stay for field research last year. Everyone giggled when they saw me wear it and then gave a nod to suggest, “Well, okay”. I later learned that it translates to “Give trouble to others, but not me”. I laughed, thinking how appropriate it was. I was never a trouble-starter as a kid and I’m no fan of drama, but I always took this 21st century ghetto proverb most seriously:
Don’t start none. Won’t be none.
For those not familiar with inner city anthropology – it is simply a variation of the Golden Rule. Be nice and respectful to me and I will do the same. Everyone doesn’t live by the Golden Rule it seems. (Click to embiggen.)
The Blog editor of Biology-Online dot org asked me if I would like to blog for them. I asked the conditions. He explained. I said no. He then called me out of my name.
My initial reaction was not civil, I can assure you. I’m far from rah-rah, but the inner South Memphis in me was spoiling for a fight after this unprovoked insult. I felt like Hollywood Cole, pulling my A-line T-shirt off over my head, walking wide leg from corner to corner yelling, “Aww hell nawl!” In my gut I felt so passionately:”Ofek, don’t let me catch you on these streets, homie!”
This is my official response:
It wasn’t just that he called me a whore – he juxtaposed it against my professional being: Are you urban scientist or an urban whore? Completely dismissing me as a scientist, a science communicator (whom he sought for my particular expertise), and someone who could offer something meaningful to his brand.What? Now, I’m so immoral and wrong to inquire about compensation? Plus, it was obvious me that I was supposed to be honored by the request..
After all, Dr. Important Person does it for free so what’s my problem? Listen, I ain’t him and he ain’t me. Folks have reasons – finances, time, energy, aligned missions, whatever – for doing or not doing things. Seriously, all anger aside…this rationalization of working for free and you’ll get exposure is wrong-headed. This is work. I am a professional. Professionals get paid. End of story. Even if I decide to do it pro bono (because I support your mission or I know you, whatevs) – it is still worth something. I’m simply choosing to waive that fee. But the fact is told ol’ boy No; and he got all up in his feelings. So, go sit on a soft internet cushion, Ofek, ’cause you are obviously all butt-hurt over my rejection. And take heed of the advice on my khanga.

You don’t want none of this
Thanks to everyone who helped me focus my righteous anger on these less-celebrated equines. I appreciate your support, words of encouragement, and offers to ride down on his *$$.
Este é um reblog parte da campanha contra a atitude tacanha da Scientific American de censurar a postagem acima. A SciAm em vez de pedir desculpas à autora pela ofensa proferida pelo editor do sítio web parceiro (e tomar as devidas providências contra o ofensor) apagou a postagem em que a ecóloga urbana DNLee expunha o caso.

Upideite(14/out/2013): A editora da SciAm postou um esclarecimento dos motivos da remoção da postagem de DNLee sobre o episódio. A questão legal é relevante, mas soa como uma desculpa inventada a posteriori, sobretudo pela explicação inicial dada no twitter não mencioná-la - dava a entender que a remoção se dera pela postagem fugir do tema científico.

Upideite(14/out/2013): Nos comentários, @ciencianamidia informa que uma das administradoras do Biology Online se desculpa pela ofensa de um de seus editores à DNLee. O curioso é que o "the Blog Editor" é reduzido a um "our recently hired employee".

Upideite(14/out/2013): Pelo twitter, @ciencianamidia avisa que a postagem foi restaurada.

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Opa, valeu, Tati.

Farei a atualização.

O Biology Online acabou tendo uma reação mais digna do que a SciAm.


Roberto Takata