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Nanoethics: the role of news media in shaping debate

Anderson, A., Allan, Stuart ORCID:, Petersen, A. and Wilkinson, C. 2008. Nanoethics: the role of news media in shaping debate. Luppicini, Rocci and Adell, Rebecca, eds. Handbook of Research on Technoethics, Vol. 1. Hershey, PA: Information Science Reference, pp. 373-390. (10.4018/978-1-60566-022-6.ch025)

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Recent evidence on genetically modified crops, cloning and stem cell research suggests that the news media play a significant role in shaping wider agendas for public debate about ‘the rights and wrongs’ of newly emergent technologies. This may prove to be especially pertinent to nanotechnologies, which currently register low public visibility and yet are predicted by many scientists, policymakers and other stakeholders to have far-reaching implications in the years ahead. This chapter, drawing upon data from the authors’ British study on nanotechnologies and news production, examines how the press may influence the terms of public debate about such ethical issues as the dangers posed by particular applications, who has access to the technologies, and who is likely to benefit or be disadvantaged by developments. Efforts to enhance public deliberation about the ethical implications of nanotechnologies, it is argued, must attend to the complex ways in which journalists mediate between contending claims about their benefits and risks.

Item Type: Book Section
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Journalism, Media and Culture
Subjects: P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General)
Publisher: Information Science Reference
ISBN: 9781605660226
Last Modified: 25 Oct 2022 09:08

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