The media’s anthropomorphization of Pluto
Here a few examples. Note red circles (mine).
The San Francisco Chronicle mentions Pluto’s pride. CNN claims the planetary body is suffering from indignity. I guess at least BBC said that Pluto’s status suffered a blow, instead of the dwarf planet itself suffering.
What the hell is the problem? Big deal…we’ve reclassified Pluto. It’s a damn label to help science better communicate. This is how it works. The general public (and apparently science reporters too) can’t seem to grasp the concept of classification. This is a human-made abstraction to help us better understand natural phenomenon. There is no true organization…at least not in this simplified outline form. Classifications are supposed to be refined, changed, tweaked, tanked, overhauled, etc. over time. This is part of doing science!
Maybe you’re saying – ‘relax, they’re just having fun’. I understand that…yeah, sure it’s cute. But if this style of reporting misrepresents how science is done, then I don’t find it so cute.
Besides, if people are really worried about the feelings of a planet (dwarf or otherwise), maybe they should ask Earth.