how mass can be relevant to you

Discoveries would include the God Particle, a tiny entity also called the Higgs Boson, which is believed to give objects – including people – their mass.

Don’t you just love the grammar of this, that wonderful “also called” ? Followed swiftly by the reminder that mass is important because “people” –ie, Observer readers like us–have it, & peopleness is what underwrites the project of science, after all ? Is there anywhere else in the world where middle class journalism feels it has to do this particular form of mealy-mouth ? Is there anywhere else in the world where the values of the Lifestyle & Wellness section have to be carried through to the science reporting ?

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5 responses to “how mass can be relevant to you

  1. mckie

    I’d prefer to think that God gave people the Mass, and that the Higgs, if they find it, just explains why we have mass, filling a bit of a hole in the Standard Model.

  2. Dave

    The Lifestyle & Wellness values do *have* to be carried through to science (and other types of) journalism, don’t they?

    Otherwise people might actually acquaint themselves with the occasional fact and, as a result, stop wanting to live in that “world” with no connection to the world.

  3. euphrosyne

    Science reporting in dailies isn’t for people who are actually interested in science, it’s for people who need to appear knowledgeable at cocktail parties. If there were ever a time when things were otherwise, it was well before mine.

    And what of the final tone of the article, so predictably placating, meant to reassure us of the inexorable march of Progress and lightly dismiss the previous failures and possibility of destroying the earth with our hubris: “All I can say is that the LHC is a much safer, much better understood machine than it was a year ago.” Well then, carry on.

  4. Josep

    God particle, Higgs Boson… I swear I read something very similar in Riddley Walker.

  5. MikeM

    ‘”All I can say is that the LHC is a much safer, much better understood machine than it was a year ago,” said Myers.’

    Which is after all more than can be said for peopleness. At least it seems we’ll be getting some real quality fairy lights this crimbo.