I For One Support the Food Babe

The Food Babe (aka Vani Hari) has been taking some heat lately for being a dangerously scientifically illiterate dolt.

And she is.

But not as dangerously scientifically illiterate as the general American populace who consumes her sensationalistic fear mongering drivel.

This woman is an example of free market capitalism at its finest. She has something people want and she makes no bones about selling it to them.

A great man once said (paraphrasing), "An expert is just someone who knows more about a subject than everyone else."

It's a sad reality that Americans have now become so dumbed down and anti-intellectual that a joker like Vani Hari can have a successful career selling sensationalistic anti-scientific fables about nutrition to a large demographic of people.

It's a free market of ideas out there. No one is going to hold your hand and tell you what information to consume. You need to be an informed shopper in the Information Supermarket. If you are not, then you are a "mark," and you will soon be parted with your money.

Let this be a lesson to people who fall for this drivel. You should have tried to learn science better in school. Encourage your kids to learn and understand science. Only then will bad information lose its value. It may be too late.

How does bad science get value? Just like anything gets value. People think they want it and they pay money for it. For God's sake, this woman has a book and people buy it!

It makes them feel better. Drama and controversy make them feel something in a world that tries to numb them to everything. Reality TV is wildly successful because people want to know that other people have lives more miserable than their own. It's catharsis.

Ms. Hari's anti-intellectual nonsense doesn't attract viewers. The viewers attract her nonsense. They are willing customers and she has snake oil to sell them. This is the Information Age parallel of the circus carny of the 19th century. The evidence is in the fact that she has a job and a successful career.

The critics should not be lambasting Ms. Hari. They should be lambasting the general American public for being a bunch of drama craving ignorant imbeciles.

Can you blame Ms. Hari for seeing a market for idiocy and milking it for all she can?

I don't. More power to her. To be an informed consumer of science, you need to understand what kind of science has value. If you don't, then you are a pawn of the information age and should expect to be properly fleeced intellectually and monetarily.

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