When people downplay someone else’s interest in wanting to either express, report, talk about, or argue about science or scientific literacy [and lots of times this is applicable to other subjects] you’re basically ruining one of the key things that makes an educated public.. educated, and that’s public discourse. If you have a problem with citizens taking on citizen science/journalism and other projects that require a citizen to think scientifically or critically or use his or her resources in much the same way a scientist/ reporter would then you are part of the problem on why intelligent public discourse doesn’t happen often.
You essentially stomp a growth or good idea before it even happens. It’s good to doubt, don’t get me wrong but when you start being more critical and opposed to normal every day citizens trying to educate their fellow communities but don’t show the same effort to resist when someone starts talking to you about your favorite tv shows, movies, characters, celebrities, gadgets all of the sudden all ears are on them. Why is that? Why do alarms set off when you try to speak the truth or sense or reason but when it’s obviously and ultimately nonsense all eyes, ears and thoughts are on full alert. Don’t you think there’s something terribly wrong with that behavior?