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Why did the SGU change their self-description?
« on: March 18, 2017, 11:58:02 AM »
Here is how th SGU describes itself today:

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The Skeptics’ Guide to the Universe is produced by SGU Productions, LLC – dedicated to promoting critical thinking, reason, and the public understanding of science through online and other media. The first episode of the SGU podcast went online on May 4th, 2005. It soon became a popular science/skeptical podcast, and remains one of the most popular science podcasts on iTunes.

However, their very first self-description was:

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The Skeptics Guide to the Universe is a weekly Podcast talkshow produced by the New England Skeptical Society (NESS) discussing the latest news and topics from the world of the paranormal, fringe science, and controversial claims from a scientific point of view.

Somewhat different emphasis here. Does anyone know why they changed their self-description?
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Re: Why did the SGU change their self-description?
« Reply #1 on: March 18, 2017, 12:36:07 PM »
I'm guessing that when they redid the website, they decided to redo the description as well. And had a different feel of what they were doing, after having done it for a while.

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Re: Why did the SGU change their self-description?
« Reply #2 on: March 18, 2017, 01:09:06 PM »
Here is how th SGU describes itself today:

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The Skeptics’ Guide to the Universe is produced by SGU Productions, LLC – dedicated to promoting critical thinking, reason, and the public understanding of science through online and other media. The first episode of the SGU podcast went online on May 4th, 2005. It soon became a popular science/skeptical podcast, and remains one of the most popular science podcasts on iTunes.

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Somewhat different emphasis here. Does anyone know why they changed their self-description?


LLC is an abbreviation for "Limited Liability Corporation."

Following the recent lawsuit against Steve, I would speculate that they wanted to insulate themselves, personally, and the NES from any legal liability in case there are more nuisance suits, so they made a very reasonable change in the SGU's legal status and that's reflected in their description.

Also, it probably helps to make it clear they are promoting critical thinking, etc. as a purpose rather than doing something (advertising; making claims that could be false; promoting products, etc.) that could open the door for more legal woes.
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Re: Why did the SGU change their self-description?
« Reply #3 on: March 18, 2017, 08:20:02 PM »
That change actually happened when they started syndicating the show on satellite radio.  At that point they reorganized as a for-profit company (because they didn't want to deal with the tax implications of non-profit status).  That is why they had George Hrab rerecord the theme song, too; as a for-profit company they were no longer entitled to free licensing of the original version.  As for the shift in emphasis from paranormal and fringe claims to science education, I think that's been a gradual shift in emphasis over the course of the show's run.
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