The Discoveroids’ Bold Outreach to Facebook

Maybe you can figure this out, dear reader. We found it at the Discovery Institute’s creationist blog. Their title is This week, Science Uprising Is coming to Facebook. Here’s How You Can Help, and it has no author’s by-line. Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us for emphasis, and occasional Curmudgeonly interjections that look [like this]:

Earlier this year, Discovery Institute premiered a provocative new YouTube series titled Science Uprising that was a bit different from the science documentaries we had done previously on or our own or in conjunction with Illustra Media.

We never watched any of the things, but one ghastly feature was what they referred to as a “masked narrator.” The hideous mask the narrator wears — which is featured above the Discoveroid post today — makes the Joker’s face look like something out of a Walt Disney cartoon for children. Addendum: Klinghoffer explains the mask in this Discoveroid post from a few months ago: What’s Up with the Science Uprising Mask?

Anyway, then they say:

Our regular readers and longtime members and subscribers responded enthusiastically and the series went viral garnering nearly a million views over the summer. [Really?] Now we are rebooting it so to speak, on Facebook. [Ooooooooooooh! Discoveroids on Facebook!] More about that and what you can do to help in a moment.

After that they tell us:

The series is aimed at the fast growing number of “nones,” people who don’t identify with any traditional religion, often younger people. Instead, they are being introduced to materialism [Gasp!] by a slew of its popularizers such as Bill Nye the “Science Guy,” Sam Harris, Neil deGrasse Tyson, and Richard Dawkins. And it doesn’t stop there. Materialist ideas are presented in schools, on TV in sitcoms, in movies, in graphic novels, in music. People are inundated by these ideas and receive a steady flow of celebrity affirmations that these claims are backed up by “science.”

Egad, that’s horrible! The Discoveroids continue:

Science Uprising counters these corrosive trends with a hopeful, accessible message in a fast-paced style, about meaning in the cosmos and in life. [Ooooooooooooh! Meaning in life!]

[…]

Science Uprising is the brainchild of cinematographer David Arabia and Center for Science & Culture Senior Fellows John West and Jonathan Witt, working with a network of young professionals and cinematographers in the TV industry who have worked on productions for the History Channel, the Discovery Channel, National Geographic Wild, Animal Plane, and other media outlets.

Wowie — that’s how science should be done! Let’s read on:

By relaunching the series on Facebook we’re hoping to reach out to to viewers in their thirties and younger who have grown up with social media. These “digital natives” get much of their impression of the wider world from the Internet. So, we’re bringing Science Uprising to where many reside online, Facebook.

The rest of their post is a section labeled “How to Help.” Here’s a bit of it:

Each day this week we’ll be posting one of the episodes on the CSC Facebook page. Here’s what you can do right now to help us start a Science Uprising across Facebook.

• As soon as each episode is published, watch it on Facebook and post a comment.

• Share the episode with family and friends and ask them to share with their friends.

And they list a few other things they want their drooling followers to do. What do you think of this, dear reader? Your Curmudgeon has never had a Facebook account, so we have no idea what’s going on there. We always thought it was a cesspool of idiocy. Are the Discoveroids on the right track? Is Facebook the way to go for making creationism successful? If so, then our assessment of Facebook is correct.

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11 responses to “The Discoveroids’ Bold Outreach to Facebook

  1. “We never watched any of the things,”
    Neither did I, but I did a search on YouTube

    “but one ghastly feature was what they referred to as a “masked narrator.”
    and seeing the names Egnor, Meyer, Behe and Tour made me stick to my decision. The mask is taken from

    which ironically features the unbeliever Stephen Fry ao.
    My view on Facebook is exactly the same as yours, dear SC.

  2. Michael Fugate

    The DI way – doing “science” without the inconvenience of consulting scientists. It is so much easier when you just make it up. It is almost like apologetics, wait, it is apologetics.

  3. Nice post Michael.

  4. Facebook is not a bad way to ingratiate oneself with Asian teens.

  5. chris schilling

    “Materialist ideas are presented in schools, on TV in sitcoms…”

    So why don’t the Discoveroids start producing their own anti-materialist sitcoms? Here’s ‘STEVIE’, the ID sitcom:

    STEVIE (to live audience in club): Did ya ever notice how everything appears designed? (Audience chuckles). I mean, what’s the deal with that? Ya think that all came about through random mutations and selection? Okay, maybe the contents of people’s refrigerators, sometimes, I’ll give you that. (Audience laughs and applauds).
    CUT TO STEVIE’S APARTMENT.

    KLINGHOFFER (Comes sliding through the door. Audience cheers): Hey, you know my friend Bob Sacamanto just found somebody’s signature in his cells? OH, YEAAAHHH!
    STEVIE: Well, he’s been in jail a long time. You’re bound to find someone’s autograph on the walls there. (Canned laughter).
    KLINGHOFFER: No, I mean his actual living cells!
    STEVIE: You mean: right there?
    KLINGHOFFER (Throwing his arm out wildly): RIGHT THERE! (Huge laugh)
    STEVIE (Impressed): Wow! (Pause) So whaddid it say? “Eat at Joe’s?” (Canned laughter)
    KLINGHOFFER: “YAHWEH WAS HERE!”
    (Live audience goes nuts. Whooping and shouting. Perky synthesized theme music plays. Cut to ad-break).

  6. Eddie Janssen

    “…who have worked on productions for the History Channel, the Discovery Channel, National Geographic Wild, Animal Plane, and other media outlets.”

    This is such a general remark that no one is going to check it.
    I would not be surprised if none of them (or maybe only one) has worked for one of the named institutions.

  7. Don’t miss the next episode of “STEVIE” when Annie Green Screen breaks into a wild dance!

  8. Michael Fugate

    I wonder if they will do a Science Uprising by Behe telling us how new genes can arise that are beneficial….
    https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-019-03061-x

  9. FrankB: You’re right about the origin of the mask. Klinghoffer explains it in this Discoveroid post from a few months ago: What’s Up with the Science Uprising Mask? I just mentioned it as an addendum to the post.

  10. Discovery was to reach people under 30 on Facebook. They always show up at the station an hour after train has left. Nobody under 30 does anything on Facebook. Instagram, Whatsapp, Snapchat, yes. And yes Facebook owns Instagram and Whatsapp, still, the people they want to reach are not there.