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Public Communication of Science and Technology


The narratives in science communication

Maria Eugenia Fazio  

That science and technology are part of society is out of debate. That public communication of science and technology is a key aspect of social functioning of science and technology also is clear for everyone. But, what do we know about characteristics and qualities of this expression of Science, Technology and Society relationships that is public communication of science and technology? The narratives, as textual structures, are good avenues to know somewhat more of this component of scientific culture. In this work we study the narratives in a group of journalistic texts about nanosciences and nanotechnologies. The results show that: the narratives are presents in the group of texts studied; many times, those narratives show just the invisibility of the nano and don't show social aspects of these areas. The results indicate also that the prevalence of these narrative characteristics depends of the stage of development of these sciences and technologies; they also show that the narratives vary related with the context imposed by each enterprise of mass media; and they show that the narratives also depend on the mixing of the intern elements of the narratives. Based on these results, this work also points that the capture and description of narratives is useful to understand what there is and there isn't in our scientific culture. The goal of the analysis is to "suspect of simple stories", and to think about the narratives as a "candies" which we can't abandon because we need them to understand the reality, but that we can question and interpellate them to understand how works their filters as editors of the stories in science communication.

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