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Conversation and Science Communication

Although many people in the 21st century live in an environment saturated with mass mediated information, talk between people continues to be a regular part of most people's lives, and one topic of conversation is contemporary science. Such talk can be a source of information that both complements and contradicts information broadcasted by mass media organizations. As such, it is not surprising that scholars increasingly consider conversation occurring in social networks to be an important object of inquiry for science communication research. In addition to considering the ways in which talk between people can facilitate or hamper science education, many scholars view deliberation and discussion among people formally working outside of scientific institutions as critical to science-related governance and policy making. Some science and ...

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