Title

Images as Facilitators of Public Participation in Science

Abstract

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.

Department(s)

English and Technical Communication

Library of Congress Subject Headings

Visual communication
Public opinion
Oral communication
Image (Philosophy)
Science: Social aspects
Paleontology
Scientific illustration

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

1051-144X

Electronic OCLC #

60623272

Print OCLC #

20547023

Document Type

Article - Journal

Document Version

Citation

File Type

text

Language(s)

English

Rights

© 2006 International Visual Literacy Association (IVLA), All rights reserved.


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