There are way too many people who are dead certain that they are 100% right even though they know nothing on the topic except what “feels” right. It hurts. It makes me sad.
But I have to remember, I can’t save everyone. I can save some portion of my students. I can talk to reporters. I can occasionally insert words of wisdom on someone else’s blog… but I’m not getting paid to explain theory X or empirical evidence Y to random strangers on the internets who probably won’t listen anyway. Especially not once they find out I’m a girl (shockers!… when that tidbit of info came out on the Chronicle forum people started treating me differently…with less respect). Time is valuable and no matter how wrong people are on the internet, my sleep is more important.