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Comment author: satt 07 December 2016 11:17:14PM *  1 point [-]

But academics write for other academics, and journalists don't and can't. (They've tried. They can't. Remember Vox?)

Would that be Vox, Vox, or Vox?

Edit, 5 minutes later: a bit more seriously, I'm not sure I'd agree that "academics write for other academics" holds as a strong generalization. Many academics focus on writing for academics, but many don't. I think the (relatively) low level of information flow from academia to general audiences is at least as much a demand-side phenomenon as a supply-side one.

Comment author: Good_Burning_Plastic 08 December 2016 09:47:33AM *  1 point [-]

Many academics focus on writing for academics, but many don't.

Given "publish or perish", usually the latter won't stay in academia for long.

Comment author: satt 10 December 2016 03:58:06PM 0 points [-]

I'd be reluctant to go as far as "usually", but yes, publish-or-perish norms are playing a role here too.