The fact that  the expansion of  science and technology  occurs in  a strongly mediatized  society  ensures that science  becomes more  and more subjected  to processes of  mediatization. In  media studies   much attention goes to  the relation between  the media and the transformation  of the public  sphere. Since the last quarter of the 20   century, also  science and technology has penetrated  the discussion agenda of the th public  sphere.  In  this  paper  we will  first  clarify  the  need  for  a  media  sociological   approach  and demonstrate in how far this approach is different  from, but at the same time  also related to, the science communication approach.

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Science, media, and the public sphere
A media sociological perspective.

Hans Verstraeten   Department of Communication Studies Ghent University

The fact that  the expansion of  science and technology  occurs in  a strongly mediatized  society  ensures that science  becomes more  and more subjected  to processes of  mediatization. In  media studies   much attention goes to  the relation between  the media and the transformation  of the public  sphere. Since the last quarter of the 20   century, also  science and technology has penetrated  the discussion agenda of the th public  sphere.  In  this  paper  we will  first  clarify  the  need  for  a  media  sociological   approach  and demonstrate in how far this approach is different  from, but at the same time  also related to, the science communication approach.

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