The Safer Chemicals/Healthy Families blog is right -- this video "will both make you laugh and make you mad." But I'm not sure it will be in the ways they intended. The Xtranormal video is a make-believe interview of a chemical company spokesman by a mom who apparently has her own late-night TV talk show. The chemical guy says ridiculous things like "toxic chemicals are perfectly safe already. The real problem is people who worry too much," and "scientists worry too much, they're scaring people with too many facts." The interview concludes when the mom offers the chemical industry guy a drink from "a plastic water bottle made by your company. It contains chemicals that have been shown to lower sperm counts." Not exactly a fair debate. The video equates the plastics bottle maker with the chemical industry, and personifies industry with a PR-speaking buffoon who says one ridiculous thing after another. For readers who want to dig deeper than what the video offers, the Safer Chemicals/Healthy Families blog does offer more information on bisphenol A safety in its "resources" section. The information is even presented pretty fairly, considering it's specifically there to convince the public to lobby Congress for tighter regulations on BPA. It's another interesting example of how the debate on plastics and chemicals safety is playing out in social media, with easy-to-use tools like blogs, YouTube and Xtranormal.
A debate that makes plastics look silly
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