We’ll see. The blog-fuelled expectations game has become a standard part of science reporting, and there’s nothing necessarily wrong with it. Discovery of the Higgs, or anything like it, would be a major triumph, to say the least. But anything less than that would be a huge disappointment at this point, given the media buildup. And news outlets should be aware that dragging readers through too many cycles of lift and letdown will eventually cause fatigue.


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Curtis Brainard is the editor of The Observatory, CJR's online critique of science and environment reporting. Follow him on Twitter @cbrainard.