Faculty Advisor

Demetry, Chrysanthe

Faculty Advisor

Higgins, Lorraine D

Abstract

Public opinion about scientific issues guides behavior and policy decisions with local and global ramifications. This report analyzes techniques for communicating about scientific issues used in visual media aimed at two distinct audiences, scientific communities and the public. It compares their practices in samples from the current issue of global warming, using an article from the journal Nature as an example of scientific communication and the popular documentary An Inconvenient Truth as an example of public argumentation.

Publisher

Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

April 2009

Major

Professional Writing

Project Type

Major Qualifying Project

Accessibility

Unrestricted

Advisor Department

Mechanical Engineering

Advisor Department

Humanities and Arts

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