September 05, 2006

9/4 - Sad Loss:  Crocodile Hunter, Steve Irwin, was the best thing since Jacques Cousteau

It was always popular for people (especially academics) to snipe about Jacques Cousteau.   They said he exploited nature for his own gain, his crew left empty oil barrels in Antarctica, they did fake science ... on and on.

The same sniping exists for poor old Steve Irwin.  But we live in a world in which just having professors go out to the seashore and speak to handfuls of people isn't enough to save nature.  There is a need for charismatic individuals who have an understanding of the power of mass media (as both Cousteau and Irwin did) to be respected, embraced and supported.

The Crocodile Hunter will be sadly missed.

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Posted by Randy Olson at September 5, 2006 08:18 PM