Framing Science

Archives for May, 2008

Released around the time of Expelled’s premiere, this YouTube clip produced by the American Association for the Advancement of Science features Francis Collins, CEO Alan Leshner, and others discussing the compatibility of science, religion, and evolution. Collins ends the video by urging that we need to return to the middle ground, a place where we…

An artist’s take on the “scary wonder” of nanotechnology. The asbestos of tomorrow? As we wrote in our article last year at The Scientist, that’s not the type of frame device that augurs well for public perceptions of nanotechnology. But it’s exactly the perceptual lens by which the New York Times covers a new study…

When Inconvenient Truth was released in 2006, Gallup polling showed that less than a majority of Americans had a favorable view of Al Gore. Yet just following his Nobel Prize win at the end of 2007, Gallup polling showed that this favorability rating had jumped to 58%. Call it the “Nobel bounce.” A recently released…

As I wrote last week, in John McCain’s recent television ad focusing on global warming, he frames his position as a pragmatic “middle way” approach between the two extremes of denying there is a problem and resorting to heavy taxation and regulation. The ad even ends by offering up the complementary frames that global warming…

The irony of the 2008 presidential race is that this time around, the Democratic nominee is by far the more religiously devout candidate, promoting a born again language and professed faith. In a match up with John McCain, it’s Barack Obama who can genuinely speak the language of evangelicals, softening some of the Democratic party’s…

At the BIO 2008 International Convention coming up in June in San Diego, I will be participating in a panel on the communication challenges facing biotechnology. Below are the details on the panel, followed by a 500 word summary of the key points of my presentation. Readers should find the themes familiar. Communication Challenges: Defining…

The NY Times runs a lengthy front page Sunday feature exploring Obama’s years as an activist and politician in the Hyde Park neighborhood of Chicago. As the feature recounts, Obama has always been a political pragmatist and a master at framing a message that brings diverse constituencies together. “There are some people who say he’s…

In a new campaign advertisement (above), Senator John McCain focuses on global warming, framing his position as a pragmatic “middle way” approach between the two extremes of denying there is a problem and resorting to heavy taxation and regulation. The ad even ends by offering up the complementary frame that global warming is in fact…

Gallup has released a survey showing that at this point in the race, Obama’s association with Wright may be potentially more damaging to his candidacy than McCain’s continued embrace of Bush. The reason, as the survey details (below), is that the association with Wright actually hurts McCain among some Democrat leaners (19% say less likely…

Since Earth Day, a number of polls have been released confirming that public opinion on climate change has changed very little over the past two years or since the premiere of Gore’s An Inconvenient Truth. Conventional wisdom pegged Gore’s film and media campaign as changing the nature of the debate in the public’s mind, but…