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Chapter 16: Science and the Media
Science and the Media
“SCIENCE and the media” can mean many things. Most commonly in the scholarly literature, it has meant science journalism—that is, nonfiction portrayals of science in newspapers, magazines, books, and television news and documentary shows. (Radio is hardly ever mentioned.) Only rarely has the science and media literature moved beyond these formats to include other media in which nonfiction information about science can be presented, such as museums and plays; nor has scholarship on science and the media connected well with research on the portrayals of science in literature or dramatic film and television.
The distinctions between fiction and nonfiction, or between print and broadcast, may have meaning for scientists, journalists, writers—and academic researchers. But the goal of ...