By Simone Rödder, Martina Franzen, Peter Weingart
The Yearbook addresses the overriding query: what are the consequences of the ‘opening up’ of technology to the media? Theoretical concerns and a bunch of empirical reports masking assorted configurations supply an in-depth research of the sciences’ media connection and its repercussions on technological know-how itself. they assist to shape a valid judgement in this fresh development.
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A scientist who is remunerated at least in part on the basis of his/her publications in high impact journals and the number of citations they receive may decide to work on topics that are more likely to be ‘news worthy’ and have a higher probability of being published in Science or Nature. The one overall conclusion is that the orientation to the media weakens science’s self-direction. The self-referentiality of the disciplines that characterized the development of science through much of the twentieth century is gradually complemented by reference to the mass public.
It does not put the code of science itself into question but it implies that the self-direction of science is weakened and no longer functions in the traditional manner of disciplinary self-referentiality. Instead, value preferences of the public as communicated by the media serve as additional references, when, for example, new kinds of research fields emerge such as ‘gender studies’ or ‘environmental studies’ (Maasen and Weingart 2000; Chapter 5; Luhmann 1990: 401ff). These fields reflect the resonance of the science system to public discourse staged by the mass media.
The Sciences’ Media Connection –Public Communication and its Repercussions by Simone Rödder, Martina Franzen, Peter Weingart