This is a post about a joke article about articles about science

This is a sentence that introduces the piece with a witty tangent or hook (this is a typical, one might say trademark, aside, of multiple clauses, in parenthesis).

This is where I comment on the fact that this joke has been used previously about the type of blog post that gets lots of comments. This is where I would link to that post, if I could remember what I called it, or could be bothered. This is where I say that I can’t be bothered. This is where I point out that XKCD actually made this joke in comic strip form, thus being pithier than any other attempts.

This is an extended blockquote from the article. This is the link.

“In this paragraph I will state the main claim that the research makes, making appropriate use of “scare quotes” to ensure that it’s clear that I have no opinion about this research whatsoever.

In this paragraph I will briefly (because no paragraph should be more than one line) state which existing scientific ideas this new research “challenges”.

If the research is about a potential cure, or a solution to a problem, this paragraph will describe how it will raise hopes for a group of sufferers or victims.

This paragraph elaborates on the claim, adding weasel-words like “the scientists say” to shift responsibility for establishing the likely truth or accuracy of the research findings on to absolutely anybody else but me, the journalist. “

This is where I forget to attribute this post to wherever I found it, breaching blog etiquette. This is how I sign this post off.

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