Science writing- in physical and social sciences- fails to provide “a positive narrative for earthlings.”
Charles Bazerman painstakingly illustrates the emergence of the lab report as the dominant genre of science writing. http://wac.colostate.edu/books/bazerman_shaping/
Did you know that Plato was a critic of writing? That initially, teachers rejected the technology of pencils with erasers? I learned this from Dennis Baron’s “From Pencils to Pixels: The Stages of Literacy Technology” http://www.english.illinois.edu/-people-/faculty/debaron/essays/pencils.htm. It situates debates about writing technology in a long historical perspective.
Deborah Blum explains that the ire aimed at science bloggers comes from a long-standing bias against public science writing. http://blogs.plos.org/speakeasyscience/2010/10/17/the-trouble-with-scientists-2/