Dimensions of Medialization. Concluding Remarks

  • Peter WeingartEmail author
  • Simone Rödder
  • Martina Franzen
Part of the Sociology of the Sciences Yearbook book series (SOSC, volume 28)


In the contributions to the Yearbook volume “The Sciences Media Connection”, resonances of the medialization of science are described and interpreted within different conceptual and theoretical frameworks. All point to the same question: What happens to science as a social institution responsible for the production of reliable knowledge under the influence of the mass media? This concluding chapter presents an overview of the individual chapters focusing on the risks and benefits of the extension of science’s publics. From the range of analyses assembled here two principal conclusions emerge: On the one hand, the hopes attached to science communication having a “democratizing effect” are mostly disappointed. On the other hand, fears that orientation to the media and their logic of selection and representation will compromise the production of reliable knowledge are also likely to be exaggerated.


Mass Medium Knowledge Production News Coverage Media Visibility Reliable Knowledge 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Peter Weingart
    • 1
    Email author
  • Simone Rödder
    • 2
  • Martina Franzen
    • 2
  1. 1.Bielefeld University
  2. 2.Institute for Science and Technology Studies (IWT), Bielefeld UniversityBielefeldGermany

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