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Science, journalists and mass press in the XXth century

Tomeu Adrover   Technology and Society, University of the Balearic Islands

Gemma Revuelta   Observatory of the scientific communication (OCC), University Pompeu Fabra

We have analyzed all the information about science, medicine and technology in 23 tryings realized between 1888 and 1983 - a whole of 1212 texts - of La Vanguardia and the Diario de Barcelona (two newspapers from Barcelona). We have done a quantitative analysis, and we demonstrate that the communicative link that the journal drow up at the beginning of this century established that the analysis had more importance than the information. From 1943 the information about science has lived through a period of normalization and has begun to be a part of a communicative model of mass.

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