Public knowledge-making and the media: genes, genetics, cloning and mass observation

Haran, Joan and O'Riordan, Kate (2018) Public knowledge-making and the media: genes, genetics, cloning and mass observation. European Journal of Cultural Studies, 21 (6). pp. 687-706. ISSN 1367-5494

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Media analysis of public engagement with genetics and cloning is dominated by media genre- specific or issue-specific analysis. Such analyses tend to frame genetics as a new technology, and media resources as current and immediate. Broader public discourses tend towards marginalising public knowledge as against expert voices. This article takes a broader perspective to demonstrate that people engage with multiple media genres over an extensive time frame. It explores the findings of a Mass Observation directive looking at how people know about genes, genetics cloning. We detail the specificity of using this research instrument and map the rich and detailed media culture, which emerged. Thus, we provide insight into how media cultures resource public knowledge making over time. The research also indicates a pro-science and engaged public culture in relation to genetics the UK, in which the media are key.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Genes, Genetics, Mass observation, Public understanding of science, Science communication
Schools and Departments: School of Media, Film and Music > Media and Film
Subjects: H Social Sciences
H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Depositing User: Kate O'Riordan
Date Deposited: 03 Aug 2016 11:19
Last Modified: 02 Jul 2019 13:45

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