On whether controversial figures deserve media scrutiny
thislooksfamiliar said: Why are you giving this guy any press?
» We say: Same reason we gave Ben Stein’s awful comments on the Arab Spring press last night: Because, by focusing negative attention on their work, we discourage publications from paying them money for their unacceptable comments. Satoshi Kanazawa gets a paycheck from Psychology Today for his work, and if his work is of this nature, maybe he shouldn’t. Plus, on top of that, the article’s been everywhere today. People were talking about it, and we thought there was something we could add that wasn’t simply boilerplate “here’s what happened.” It’s important to focus on controversial comments — because in focusing on them, we collectively learn to rise above them.