Hello to new readers, and a QLink update

A big "hi" to anyone that's arrived via Media Watch, or via Scienceblogs or via Crikey, or any one of the other new inlinks of the last few days. The spike in traffic, and presumably new subscribers, means I guess I should be picking up my game and including far more pages of thoughtful analysis of current skeptical issues.

Or maybe I'll just carry on beating people up with words for the sin of credulity, and posting the occasional deranged music clip. That might be the way to go. Stick with what you know, they say.

Q are the missing Link

For anyone who didn't see the Media Watch piece, it's linked from the screenshot above. I'll actually have some streaming video in place here for when the ABC archive the clip later*. I'd chatted with a researcher for the programme during the day  and helped to (not entirely successfully) hunt down some video, but had no idea that I'd get a screenshot, a quote and a shoutout popping up on my TV, followed closely by an "achievement unlocked" box. I nearly spat sushi in my lap.
Of course, the existence of the XBox achievement above implies the existence of this one:

Which must have popped up on Stephen and Mario Fenech's TVs last night. Yes, they got a drubbing, though intriguingly when asked to comment by Media Watch, claimed that they'd received no payment for their tireless promotional work.
I don't know about you, but I'm skeptical. I do think it's more likely that they haven't been paid yet and after this debacle, won't be. But then again, what do I know? I'm just a cynical blogging hack with no insight whatsoever. Maybe they just prefer looking like credulous numpties than like venial hacks. Who knows?
For Charlie Brown's sins, well, he appears to be handling the backlash much better that Stephen Fenech (who has been deleting tweets while whistling and looking at the ceiling, and denying everything). Charlie has blogged on the matter here, and has linked back to my post on QLink's "scientific evidence" for his readers to get an idea of what QLink is really all about. Australian Skeptics, for their part, have offered Charlie any assistance they can give on future miracle claim stories, and I really hope Charlie takes them/us up on the offer. And I must say I'm heartened by the calm way Charlie is going about responding. Now if he'll just fit in a retraction on the Today programme, I'll be really happy.
And finally, cheers to everyone who tweeted on the #mediawatch hashtag last night, and those on Facebook who tagged me in posts about the story. And especially to those who promised me more beer at TAM OZ.
*I'm currently having to multi-hop uploads to YouTube due to having no proper internet connection here at home. They first get uploading in a resume-ready fashion over 3G to my web server, from where they go to YouTube. It takes a while.

posted @ Tuesday, November 9, 2010 10:17 AM


Comments on this entry:

# re: Hello to new readers, and a QLink update

Left by Maggie M at 11/9/2010 10:49 AM
Awesome result Jason. We knew you'd come through with the goodies....but wanting free beer at TAM Oz is really stretching the friendship :)) Congrats again.

# re: Hello to new readers, and a QLink update

Left by shellity at 11/9/2010 10:49 AM
I vaguely knew you as a bunch of pixels WEEKS before Media Watch got hold of you.

# re: Hello to new readers, and a QLink update

Left by weez at 11/9/2010 11:04 AM
Nice work researching all the rubbish 'studies' claimed by Quack-Link, Jason. Gratz on the citation by MediaWatch.

I'm proud to say that I knew of you long before you were famous. I am looking forward to helping you get home after your fame-induced party binge finds you asleep in some cosy gutter. :D

# re: Hello to new readers, and a QLink update

Left by Spoony Quine at 11/9/2010 12:03 PM
Great job!!!

# re: Hello to new readers, and a QLink update

Left by Chrys Stevenson at 11/9/2010 12:39 PM
Great work, Jason. Just goes to show that what we do *can* make a difference. Have also posted a comment on Charlie Brown's blog and asked for a proper, investigative report on the Qlink to be aired on the Today show. Add me to list of those happy to buy you a drink at TAMOz.

# re: Hello to new readers, and a QLink update

Left by Matthew at 11/9/2010 8:11 PM
Chrys: I doubt you'll get a retraction/investigation on the Today show. Charlie is a guest there, not the host so he's not really in a position to make demands. The producers won't care at all - retractions don't get ratings, and a minute of their airtime is far, far more precious than a column in a newspaper.

If it was up to him, I suspect he'd say something - his blog post shows a good willingness to learn. It's not though, so best to concentrate on Fenech and stick to educating Charlie.

# re: Hello to new readers, and a QLink update

Left by crispy at 11/9/2010 8:41 PM
Sorry dude, I've read your post, and it means nothing to me. Why did someone so enthusiasticly point this out to me :s

# re: Hello to new readers, and a QLink update

Left by RipleyP at 11/10/2010 10:46 AM
Nice work, well played that person. Of course Media Watch begs the question who is watching the media watch,

Still great work
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