The chapter draws attention to the phenomenon of a steadily increasing intensity of science news in mass media, and discusses its impact on both science and media. The central role of media in staging public deliberation of science by generating a scientific public sphere, the key theme of the book, is introduced and the development of the field of public engagement with science and technology (PEST) in India is elaborated. Research on science reporting in Indian media is discussed in detail to situate the scope of the present study. Following this the emphasis of the book is presented and the public controversies over science discussed in the book are introduced. The chapter also describes the research methods and organization of the book.
Keywords: contextualist model, deficit model, journalists and scientists, new media and science, opinion surveys of science, popular science, public controversy over science, public understanding of science, science news, scientific literacy
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