annals of self-refuting tweets

 

 

From the official professional organization representing American academic sociology:ASANewsTweet

 

Perhaps first draft of tweet was “Sociologist proves that conservatives are completely deluded morons for suspecting that sociology could have some bias against them.”

Author: jeremy

I am the Ethel and John Lindgren Professor of Sociology and a Faculty Fellow in the Institute for Policy Research at Northwestern University.

6 thoughts on “annals of self-refuting tweets”

  1. I understand that they made a mistake, probably because they just read the misleading headline and not the full article (or, for that matter, the book). But why not respond to your tweet and make a correction?

    I thought the twitter account was coming along really nicely…

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  2. Oh, I have no opinion or beef with ASA tweeting more generally. It’s probably a good thing for putting a more human face on the organization than the usual seeming like a mysterious DC mothership.

    I just thought it was a funny 140 characters, and sort of emblematic of the broader tension of the discipline trying to be an inclusive and scientific enterprise whose members also collectively despise roughly a third of the electorate.

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  3. I’m gonna give them a partial pass in that it was a RT of Salon and it’s entirely predictable that an opinion website would have a headline to the effect that “science proves that the mouth breather opposition were wrong about science calling them mouth breathers.”

    IMHO, a more fair tweet-length summary of Gross’s work would be something like “Hey conservatives: Bad news is academics are liberals, good news is it’s self-selection not exclusion.” However, that requires actually reading and Gross and I don’t think that’s a realistic aim for a social media director type, whose job is basically to RT anything about their purview without independently assesing the merits.

    Still, glad you called them on it.

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    1. Yeah, although I wasn’t even thinking of it at that complex of a level. I mean, try to imagine an ASA-sponsored account ever beginning a non-ironic tweet with “Debunking liberals’ favorite myth: [something].” There’s a basic asymmetry where ASA can evince a public disdain for “conservatives” that they could never-even-once adopt toward “liberals” without folks far and wide freaking out. Whether that asymmetry is okay or fair or not is a different discussion, but it exists, everybody knows it, and, whatever else, it’s pretty much exactly what the word “bias” means.

      (That said, I don’t want to give too much grief to the ASA tweeter, whoever s/he is.)

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  4. “I just thought it was … sort of emblematic of the broader tension of the discipline trying to be an inclusive and scientific enterprise whose members also collectively despise roughly a third of the electorate.”

    Out loud laughing.

    “try to imagine an ASA-sponsored account ever beginning a non-ironic tweet with “Debunking liberals’ favorite myth: [something].”

    To be fair, even politically-neutral social myth debunking can get out of hand. Economists for instance will go after just about anything that seems counter intuitive and challenging of people’s moral intuitions, on the left or right. Lots of brave but bad research results from these premises.

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