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A comparative study to investigate the technoscience images as shown in TV drama series

Chun Ju Huang  

Science popularization in Taiwan has been promoted over many years, but there continues to be speculation as to what technoscience images has really been rooted in people's daily life. Merging science into everyday life is always the key reference for science communication. To understand whether science has been integrated into life or not, popular culture has played the role of a boundary object and also is regarded as a sensor probe. Popular culture is the social form mostly associated with a laypersons' daily life, where television, films, novels, video games, pop music, and animation, are presenting styles. Within those styles, TV drama series is the most popular one. In western society, a lot of TV drama series in the USA and the UK used to include technoscience images in their stories while also influencing a broader audience around the world. In eastern society, Japan has had a long tradition as well as a specific passion for detective novels and drama. South Korea has created a "Korean Wave" in popular culture over the past decade by visibly spreading K-drama worldwide. Accordingly, this study attempts to investigate whether technoscience has been regarded as an apparent element in Taiwan's TV drama series, and examines the meaning and quantity of distribution through comparing with comparable situations in the USA, the UK, Japan, and South Korea.

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