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Much communication research suggests that disputes over scientific controversy are rooted in personal values and ethics. This study investigates these ideas through citizens’ evaluations of communication ethics during an emerging controversy. Findings reveal a few prominent ethical themes citizens rely on to make moral judgments about science and risk communication.

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Jan 1st, 12:00 AM

“Wrong, but It Worked”: How Lay Citizens Assess the Ethics of Communicating about Risk in the Context of Local Scientific/Technological Controversy

Much communication research suggests that disputes over scientific controversy are rooted in personal values and ethics. This study investigates these ideas through citizens’ evaluations of communication ethics during an emerging controversy. Findings reveal a few prominent ethical themes citizens rely on to make moral judgments about science and risk communication.

 

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