Problematic Science Reporting: Public Representation, Mass Media Misrepresentation, and Latour's Circulatory Model
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The Science Communication Project @ISU was founded in 2010 with the goal of enhancing collaborative research on, education for, and the practice of public science communication, broadly conceived. Our biennial symposia- which include public presentations of multidisciplinary research and interactive workshops- bring together a network of scholars who share interests in public engagement of science, environmental communication, natural resource management, and agriscience. Conference proceedings showcase research, evaluations, and critiques of science communication-related practices and phenomena.
This study examines problematic dissemination of science news, examining the promotion of two journal articles in light of Latour's model "The Circulatory System of Scientific Facts." Subsequent distortions in the mass media amplified rhetorical directions already suggested by press releases, researcher interviews and the discussion sections in the journal articles.