Genetic futures and the media
Jensen, Eric (2010) Genetic futures and the media. In: Encyclopedia of Life Sciences. Chichester: John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.. ISBN 9780470664780Full text not available from this repository.
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Today, public debate over genetic futures takes place within a new societal context.
There is a greater emphasis from policymakers on promoting engagement between
sciences and publics, and mass media play a key role in this shifting relationship. Media
representations of genetic futures are often subject to both positive and negative hype.
This tendency towards ‘genohype’ results from the economic imperative of journalistic
and entertainment media production. Moreover, symbolic representations from science
fiction continue to influence mainstream news coverage of genetics, present and future.
The ways in which media representations of genetic futures influence audiences are only
partially known, however it is clear that there is a complex negotiation between existing
attitudes, knowledge and values and the messages communicated about genetic futures
by both factual and fictional media.
|Item Type:||Book Item|
|Subjects:||H Social Sciences > HM Sociology|
|Divisions:||Faculty of Social Sciences > Sociology|
|Publisher:||John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.|
|Place of Publication:||Chichester|
|Book Title:||Encyclopedia of Life Sciences|
|Official Date:||March 2010|
|Number of Pages:||22244|
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