Larson argues in “The war of the roses: demilitarizing invasion biology” that when people freely misuse militaristic comparisons to describe invasive species, they might ruin scientific objectivity or cause the opposite of an intended reaction. Larson proposes that we should not compare invasive species management to fighting a war; we should instead choose more informative metaphors that could promote prevention and acceptance.
I chose the blog post, Invasion of the Frankenfish (SW3) by ajg31.
The blog post opens, “Aquatic invasive species are a serious threat to environments that they infringe upon…” (ajg31 2010). This firm introduction sets the tone for the rest of the post. The invasive species discussed (the Snakehead) is then viewed as the enemy, and the post ends, “Legislation such as this are major steps in the direction of effectively controlling the Snakehead population.” Taken out of context, the idea of population control brings to mind a militaristic tyranny, a struggle for power.
I agree with Larson’s argument that militaristic metaphors may not be that effective. The war comparison is used so much that I feel that it has become impotent. Invasive species aren’t always the enemies; sometimes it is we humans that are at the root of the problem as Larson suggests with the bulldozers/fire ants example.
Ajg31. 2010. Invasion of the Frankenfish (SW3). WordPress Blog
Larson, B. M. H. 2005. The war of the roses: demilitarizing invasion biology. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment 3: 495-500.