Monthly Archives: October 2010

Final post- for now

So how can we resolve the vaccine controversy. Habermas states that resolution in ethical controversy is typically achieved through mutual tolerance. But is this really achievable?  Anti- vaccination groups have used controversies such as the MMR/autism link as vehicles to expand their rhetoric, through pseudo-scientific … Continue reading

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Habermas’s theory of how public scientific controversies evolve is based around communicative action. Where individuals within each group, whether they are scientists or public have equal involvement through the communication of shared beliefs, attitudes, values and aspirations. Communicative Action can be part … Continue reading

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Habermas categorises public scientific controversies into moral, ethical, scientific, intellectual and political. Elements of the Vaccine Controversy can fit into all of these categories however in the controversies I am describing it is more ethically based and occurs when individuals life choices … Continue reading

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Frameing the controversy

Journalists, advocacy groups and scientists use a variety of media resources to maintain the publics interest ensuring that scientific controversies such as the vaccination debate persist. But how are these controversies formed. To finalise my blog over the next few entries … Continue reading

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When is balanced one sided?

The problem with having balanced reporting in the media in terms of quality is that information is published from both sides of the controversy before all facts are known. This was the case with the MMR-vaccine link where journalists felt the need to report … Continue reading

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Due the time constraints imposed on the journalist as well as the potential lack of scientific knowledge to access all viewpoints, journalists tend to narrow the debate to the two most dominant and represent them in an opposing format. J.Dearing in a paper … Continue reading

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A balanced viewpoint

The safety of vaccines is often debated in the media, and they continue to be an important vehicle to convey emerging healthcare messages to the public. But how does a journalist determine what information is objective and accurate when there … Continue reading

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