Science and technology: journalism and democracy

McIlwaine, Stephen and Nguyen, An (2005) Science and technology: journalism and democracy. In: Journalism and the Public: Refereed Proceedings of Journalism Education Association's 2005 Conference. School of Arts, Griffith University.

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Journalism has a vital and urgent role to play in societies that are increasingly the paymasters for and the recipients of scientific and technological development in which they have little or no say. What amounts to the gagging and blindfolding of citizens in the science-policy debate is in contrast to the rapidly growing demands for increased democratisation throughout the world, which, as an important part of the agenda, have included demands for democratisation of science and the scientific informing of democracy. Whether they are being immediately heeded or encouraged, citizens continue to pressure governments and the science establishment for greater transparency in science policy and development, along with a greater share of the discussion about the application of such policy and development. This paper will seek to show that most areas of the public sphere appear no longer capable of facilitating this broad social movement. However, new public demand, and the facilities of new technology indicate that journalism, which has thus far failed to demonstrate any great interest or ability in resolving science issues in the public sphere, can be seen as positioned to take on this function even if by default in the 21st century.

Item Type: Book Section
Schools and Departments: School of Media, Film and Music > Media and Film
Depositing User: An Nguyen
Date Deposited: 06 Feb 2012 18:36
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