The Dao of human cloning : utopian/dystopian hype in the British press and popular films
Jensen, Eric. (2008) The Dao of human cloning : utopian/dystopian hype in the British press and popular films. Public Understanding of Science, Vol.17 (no.2). pp. 123-143. ISSN 0963-6625Full text not available from this repository.
Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0963662506065874
The issue of human cloning has featured in the national science policy agendas in both the United States and the United Kingdom since the announcement in 1997 of Dolly the cloned sheep's birth in Scotland. Such news stories suggesting the imminent cloning of humans have inspired fictional entertainment media over the years, including numerous popular films. Study 1 examines elite British press coverage of human cloning from 1997 to 2004 (n = 857). Study 2 focuses on five human cloning films released between 1978 and 2003. Two sharply divergent discourses emerged from these data. Unqualified hope and habitually hyped claims of future cures permeated the press discourse. In contrast, the films constructed human cloning as an inherently dangerous technology often wielded by hubristic scientists in the tradition of Frankenstein. Both the predominately positive hype in the broadsheet press and the largely negative hype in the films indicate an impoverished and “thin” public debate on the issue of human cloning.
|Item Type:||Journal Article|
|Subjects:||H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare
P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General) > PN1993 Motion Pictures
|Divisions:||Faculty of Social Sciences > Sociology|
|Journal or Publication Title:||Public Understanding of Science|
|Publisher:||Sage Publications Ltd.|
|Page Range:||pp. 123-143|
|Access rights to Published version:||Restricted or Subscription Access|
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