Societal Dynamics of Nanoscale Science and Technology:
Media Representations of Nanotechnology

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This database reports on the public representation of nanoscale science and technology (NST) in North American written popular media from 1986-2000.

Brenton Faber, Justin MacKinnon, Margaret Petroccione, Adrienne Povero, and Romana Semouchtchak, Clarkson University.
Technical interface by Justin Leider at Clarkson and Geoff Sauer at Iowa State University.

News media referenced in this study


1. The Washington Post (WP) and Los Angeles Times (LA) as members of the national prestige press.

2. The Houston Chronicle, Miami Herald, Philadelphia Inquirer, and Boston Globe , as representatives of large newspapers from balanced geographical regions of the United States.

3. The Allentown (PA) Morning Call and Charlotte (N.C.) Observer , as examples of medium-sized newspapers.

4. The Albany (NY) Times-Union , The Albuquerque Journal, The Arizona Republic, Baltimore Sun, Chicago Tribune, Detroit Free Press, San Francisco Chronicle, and San Jose Mercury News to cover geographical regions that have been indicated as the top 10 major nanotechnology development areas.

5. NY Times for its coverage of science and technology issues.

6. The Wall Street Journal (WSJ) for its role as a leading financial newspaper.

7. Seattle Post-Intelligencer for geographic distribution and coverage in a technology-intensive region.

In addition to these US-based papers, we added three Canadian newspapers: The Globe and Mail , as a member of the national (Canadian) prestige press, Edmonton Journal, representing geographical region, and Halifax Chronicle , representing geographical region.

News magazine selection was based on Zimmerman et al. (2001) Media included:   Time, Newsweek, and Maclean's (Canada). To this list we included US News and World Report, Popular Science, Reader's Digest, and Discover.


This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. 0423400. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.

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