THis is the reason we need people fluent in information analysis. It's not enough to understand Japanese in a classroom -that's being literate. It's far more important to be able to confidently move around the country knowing if you get hurt or lost or stuck, you can get help. That's being fluent. Guess which is more powerful information literacy or information fluency?
Chris Demorro disguised his true intentions. While it's easy to say, "hey I'm just pointing out the facts as they lie" -I suspect he couched his true intentions when first publishing this article. He did so knowing it would incite both sides of this vociferous debate. So inciteful would it be, bloggers and the media would fact check after -shoot(post) first... I don't doubt he didn't think this would not generate major interest and potentially garner fame for himself. I quote him here and I cite my source outright unlike Mr. Demorro:
"This is a large part of why I wrote the article in the first place: I believe hybrids are not going to solve our imminent energy crisis, and focusing on a platform that still requires petrol in any amount is ultimately a band-aid for what could become a mortal wound. "
--Chris Demorro "Prius Still Not Sitting Pretty"
--date accessed: 06-12-2007
--date article posted as listed on website: March 28, 2007
While that argument seems true when passively accepted, his mark is off. Mr Demorro actually portrays himself as a very real danger to the supposed change he wants to see.
Distorting information because you think your opinion is right and for your own needs dangeroulsy belies how grave an injustice that action is. Presently, hybrids may fail; at present recycling may not work; computers have increased paper consumption -everything that is supposed to save us seems a proverbial dead pointless end. The real point: all those items I just mentioned are beginning technologies that must be developed, adopted, improved, and used for maximum effectiveness. No technology is born perfect. The curve is steep. Yet, the more that newer technologies are adopted the faster those technologies improve: a classic network effect.
Read the rest of his too late self-disclosure here.
Cached here is the paper's editorial response.
200,000 mile Prius:
--Just Google the original article. I'm not linking to it. :)