This thesis examines the role of the media and popular culture in defining the shape and scope of what we think of today as "science." As a source of cognitive authority the scientific establishment is virtually beyond dispute. The intellectual clout of science seemingly elevates it to a position outside the influence of the general population. Yet in reality the emergence and evolution of the public sphere, including popular culture, has had a profound impact on the definition and application of science.
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- Partial requirement for: M.A., Arizona State University, 2012Note typethesis
- Includes bibliographical references (p. 49-51)Note typebibliography
- Field of study: English