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Are elephant birds driving journalism into extinction?

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1alaudacorax
Redigeret: sep 15, 2018, 12:47am

Elephant birds: Who killed the largest birds that ever lived?

She starts of with:

Prehistoric humans are under suspicion of wiping out the largest birds that ever lived after fossilised bones were discovered with telltale cut marks.

Now, this was what I thought I knew in the first place, but then she goes on to tell me the opposite - that humans lived alongside elephant birds for thousands of years, so that now we don't really know why they died out when they did. It's bad enough that so many people these days seem capable of misunderstanding a fairly straightforward text (look at the comments section practically anywhere online), but when you are misunderstanding a text you are actually writing yourself ... words fail me. No they don't - when the BBC employs people like this I KNOW our civilisation is in its last days.

And she seems to largely miss what seems to me the bigger story - that some mysterious people was in Madagascar thousands of years before humans are supposed to have been and has seemingly disappeared without trace. Or is that overly anthropocentric of me?

2stellarexplorer
sep 14, 2018, 10:41am

That link leads to “Page not found”. Are you able to fix it, alaudacorax?

3mart1n
sep 14, 2018, 11:03am

Try this: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-45495400
I had similar thoughts - the BBC isn't what it used to be. One might hope it was better than the clickbait merchants, but not so much these days.

4PhaedraB
sep 14, 2018, 1:21pm

I am reminded of what my late husband said about a niche publisher in our field: "They will publish anything that sells, even if it's good." The publisher occasionally puts out glorious (and expensive) hardcovers but it's the mass-market and cheaply made trades that keep the lights on. I imagine the situation is the same at the BBC

5PossMan
sep 14, 2018, 2:43pm

>4 PhaedraB:: I think the BBC lights are kept on by poor wretches who want the privlege of having a television in their house even if they never watch BBC output. Not only is some BBC reporting very biased and even dishonest but it's no part of ther brief to build up an enormous website. And a recent example of their dishonesty was a very recently broadcast prgramme about the export of Scottish calves to Africa — except it has just been revealed that the footage showed calves from Roumania and Hungary — not Scotland.

6rocketjk
sep 14, 2018, 5:03pm

7alaudacorax
sep 15, 2018, 12:51am

>2 stellarexplorer:

Oops! I must have been so irritated by the article I forgot to put in the URL ...

8stellarexplorer
sep 15, 2018, 12:59pm

>1 alaudacorax: Love the thread title!

9Macumbeira
sep 17, 2018, 3:28pm

I don't understand the title, nor the comments...