Exploring Science Communication demonstrates how science and technology studies approaches can be explicitly integrated into effective, powerful science communication research. Through a range of case studies, from climate change and public parks to Facebook, museums, and media coverage, it helps you to understand and analyse the complex and diverse ways science and society relate in today’s knowledge intensive environments. Notable features include: • A focus on showing how to bring academic STS theory into your own science communication research • Coverage of a range of topics and case studies illustrating different analyses and approaches • Speaks to disciplines across Media & Communication, Science & Technology Studies, Health Sciences, Environmental Sciences and related areas. With this book you will learn how science communication can be more than just about disseminating facts to the public, but actually generative, leading to new understanding, research, and practices.
Chapter 6: Visual Climate Communication: Making Facts and Concerns in Popular Science Magazines
Visual Climate Communication: Making Facts and Concerns in Popular Science Magazines
Reflections and Connections
Dorothea Born’s chapter brings together three key aspects of science communication: popular science magazines, climate change communication, and the use of images and visuals. She is further concerned with an issue that is central to our discussions in Chapters 2 and 3, and to the volume as a whole: that of how particular scientific facts may be gradually assembled and stabilised through public communication. In this case, she looks at how the controversial topic of climate change became established as factual within the ‘knowing space’ of National Geographic magazine.
The chapter therefore offers a case study of ...