The media is like this big bunch of slobbering puppies when it comes to Stephen Hawking quotes. "Stephen Hawking fears alien invasion." "Stephen Hawking Thinks God is Pointless." "Stephen Hawking Says Time Travel is Possible." "Stephen Hawking Likes Justin Bieber."
While I do admire the many accolades of Stephen Hawking, and hope he is remembered forever as a brilliant scientist, the fact is that he is one of thousands of brilliant physicists, is but one voice amongst 7 billion, and honestly, what significant scientific contribution has he made since 1987? Hawking radiation and quantum gravity are spectacular theories, and "The History of the Universe" was a brilliant book. But the way the media leaps when every time his robotic voice chimes a quotable is really offensive.
He's really being reduced from a brilliant, enigmatic man to a feel-good story of overcoming disease. I think when Hawking looks back, he'll want to be remembered as a scientist, not as a wheelchair bound man. The press acting like he is a zoo display really shames them.
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