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Exceptionalism and the broadcasting of science

Jones, Allan (2017). Exceptionalism and the broadcasting of science. Journal of Science Communication, 16(03), article no. A05.

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During the course of several decades, several scientists and groups of scientists lobbied the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) about science broadcasting. A consistent theme of the interventions was that science broadcasting should be given exceptional treatment both in its content, which was to have a strongly didactic element, and in its managerial arrangements within the BBC. This privileging of science would have amounted to ‘scientific exceptionalism’. The article looks at the nature of this exceptionalism and broadcasters’ responses to it.

Item Type: Journal Item
ISSN: 1824-2049
Keywords: History of public communication of science; Public understanding of science and technology; Science and media
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) > Computing and Communications
Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM)
Item ID: 50180
Depositing User: Allan Jones
Date Deposited: 21 Jul 2017 09:26
Last Modified: 04 May 2019 06:24
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