in Science on the Air

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print October 2008 | ISBN: 9780226467597
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226466958 | DOI:

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In the competitive world of commercial broadcasting, science was dramatized, personalized, and eventually marginalized. Despite the efforts of dedicated science popularizers who sought to use radio (and later television) to convey the joys of scientific endeavor and the insights of the latest research, serious science faded from the airwaves. This book chronicles the efforts of these popularizers, from 1923 until the mid-1950s, as they negotiated for time on the air. This history of science broadcasting progresses through the experimentation of the 1920s, the social concerns of the Great Depression, the worsening European situation, and global conflict and into the postwar debate over government censorship of science and the opening decade of television. Understanding broadcasting's history is essential to understanding what happened to science's public messages across that time.

Keywords: science; broadcasting history; television

Chapter.  1690 words. 

Subjects: Media Studies

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