Creating “monsters” and other stories . . .

BMJ 2013; 346 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.f203 (Published 15 January 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;346:f203

Re: Creating “monsters” and other stories . . .

I've just ticked the "like button" for this rapid response, but the action reminded me that you have removed the "dislike button." I think that this is a shame, and I wonder if you might bring it back.

The duty of the press is to speak truth to power, which will lead to much disliking.

Similarly it's the job of medical journals to raise issues that are uncomfortable for doctors. Famously "News is what offends somebody somewhere; all else is advertising." And "every defect is a treasure" in that it provides a way to reform.

So if a journal is doing well much of what it publishes will be disliked.

I was very proud when a rapid response I posted was disliked more than any other response at that time.

Perhaps you might have a poll to see if people would like the "dislike button" returned.

Competing interests: I was once the editor of the BMJ and chief executive of the BMJ Publishing Group.

06 February 2013
Richard Smith
Patients Know Best
London SW4