Convergent discourses: neoliberalism, technoscience and journalism (Brasilian original version)

Flavia Natércia da Silva Medeiros
2006 JCOM: Journal of Science Communication  
Before constructing a translation of scientific discourse in lay terms – and with this, calling forth the ghost of the public's ignorance about science and technology – the operation which makes up the main task of specialized journalism in the coverage of related topics consists in the construction of a discourse of its own. However, this discourse frequently only amplifies and legitimates socially that which scientific laboratories and high tech companies offer as new, without critical
more » ... s or contextualization. In addition to this, it is also generally characterized by linguistic operations which suppress uncertainties, doubts and considerations, thus contributing to the strengthening of the authority of specialists and of the distance which has been established – "by force" – between science and society.
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