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 8: Constructing Science in Public: Framing Synthetic Yeast in News Media
Constructing Science in Public: Framing Synthetic Yeast in News Media
Reflections and Connections
In the following chapter, Erika Szymanski mobilises and develops ideas of relationality and practice – in her case, writing as practice. She is concerned with the work that science communication texts do in assembling (new) science and technology in specific ways, arguing that instances of communication – such as, in her case study, the representation of synthetic yeast in news media – do not ‘translate’ but instead construct or enact science. Facts, as we saw in Chapter 3, are made not only in labs but also in public.
In her case study, one key finding is that synthetic yeast ...