Images as Facilitators of Public Participation in Science
Images in popular science invite public participation in science. Contrary to some theorists' and scholars' contentions that images are dangerous, misleading, and otherwise inferior to verbal communication, pictures can be shown to productively engage the public in conversations about science. Images may elide the complexity of scientific arguments (Blair, 2004; 1996; Fleming, 1996) thereby widening the gap between specialists' and public understanding of science. Although a disconnect may always exist between specialists' and public conceptions of scientific arguments, public participation may hinge on the quality and distribution of the images.
Northcut, Kathryn. "Images as Facilitators of Public Participation in Science." Journal of Visual Literacy (2006): 1-14.
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