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Sep 25, 2023 es Article
Study on the perception of scientific communication, actors, and digital media related to three Ecuadorian scientific communication networks during the COVID-19 pandemic

by Sofía Cabrera-Espín, Roberto Vallejo-Imbaquingo and M. Claudia Segovia-Salcedo

The article presents the results of an exploratory study conducted through the application of an online questionnaire to Twitter users close to three active scientific dissemination networks during the pandemic in Ecuador (Kuna Ecuador, Red Ecuatoriana de Mujeres Científicas, and Red DivulgaCiencia). The main objective is to propose specific strategies for the use of the digital platform to disseminate science and persuade public opinion, starting with an understanding of the perception regarding the concepts used to refer to the communicative interaction between the scientific community and society.

Volume 6 • Issue 02 • 2023

Sep 11, 2023 es Article
The scientific communication of the COVID-19 pandemic in the Brazilian newspaper Folha de S. Paulo in three periods of analysis

by Sofia Foladori-Invernizzi and Luciano Levin

This study analysed news stories from the newspaper Folha de S.Paulo in three time periods during the first year of the pandemic in Brazil. Through content analysis, in the context of a theoretical framework that includes elements of public communication of science, community health and critical epidemiology, we sought to identify trends and changes in the topics reported and concluded that there is a change of focus with the evolution of the pandemic and limitations are observed to address scientific issues.

Volume 6 • Issue 02 • 2023

Sep 05, 2023 es Article
The human-technology relationship in the Marvel Cinematic Universe

by José de Jesús Guridi Colorado

Through discourse analysis, the human-technology relationship in the Marvel Cinematic Universe is explored and the construction of a scenario based on apparently rational rules is discovered, where science, magic and mythology seem to be the same thing. The technology is presented as an invasion to the human, who is forced to adapt to understand the technology that invaded him. Finally, when the human learns not to question the invasion and to use technology to protect and improve himself, the new technology (previously an invader) and the human, integrate until they merge.

Volume 6 • Issue 02 • 2023

Aug 21, 2023 es Article
Conceptual basis for the establishment of a Centre for Science Communication

by Patricia Aguilera-Jiménez and César A. Domínguez

Some research and surveys conducted in Mexico show that there is still a lack of knowledge on how to increase public engagement with science. Because of this, a study was carried out using conceptual frameworks of Science Communication for a Centre for Science Communication. Three axes are outlined: modalities WITH, FOR and BETWEEN the public; public engagement with science and science capital. At the same time, programmes are proposed to carry out activities and encourage awareness, interest, intrinsic motivation, enjoyment and understanding in order to contribute to scientific culture.

Volume 6 • Issue 02 • 2023

Aug 02, 2023 pt Article
Biodiversity conservation in zoo and aquarium signs

by Alessandra Bizerra, Bianca Hipólito de Oliveira, Rafael Vitame Kauano, Bruno Rafael Santos de Cerqueira, Iara Grotz Moreira de Vasconcellos, Marcelo Kei Sato, Ana Luiza Cerqueira das Neves and Carolina Ansaldi

Faced with the environmental crisis, zoos and aquariums assume themselves as central to the conservation of biodiversity. On the other hand, fierce criticism is directed towards these institutions, especially those coming from movements supporting animal welfare. Thus, an attempt is made to investigate the meanings related to the conservation of biodiversity expressed by these institutions in their communication resources. A clipping of a broader research is presented, with the analysis of the discourse displayed on plaques of four institutions, two Brazilian and two international.
It is possible to observe a variety of meanings about biodiversity conservation, encompassing its ontological, epistemological and axiological dimensions.

Volume 6 • Issue 02 • 2023

May 30, 2023 es Article
Analysis of the social network TikTok as a means of scientific dissemination to fight misinformation. Case study: Andean Community

by Sofía Cabrera-Espín, Ana Cecilia Vaca-Tapia and Nicolle Mendoza

During the COVID19 pandemic, social networks became the main source of information and misinformation. In these spaces, image and immediacy prevailed when sharing information. Tiktok appears as an emerging social network with its own performance that promotes entertainment through rapidly making audiovisual content viral. This research studies TikTok as a means of scientific dissemination, analysing the audiovisual resources used and the content published to identify their impact on the social network's niche audiences.

Volume 6 • Issue 01 • 2023

May 30, 2023 pt Article
Discourse on Covid-19 vaccines in Brazil: an analysis in a context of epistemic crisis in the journalistic and scientific fields

by Claudine Freiberger Friedrich

In this research, we analyze the meaning of science discourse in the podcast Café da Manhã during the Covid-19 pandemic in Brazil, in a context of epistemic crisis in the journalistic and scientific fields. By applying French Discourse Analysis in episodes that dealt with vaccines, we identified three main discourse units: the government was negligent and negligent; vaccination is governed by the market economy; the benefits of vaccines outweigh their risks. From these nuclei of meaning, we observe the influence of the sociopolitical climate permeated by misinformation and denial in the contruction of journalistic discourse about the techno-scientific discoveries during the pandemic.

Volume 6 • Issue 01 • 2023

May 30, 2023 pt Editorial
Disinformation and communication of science and health in Latin America

by Luisa Massarani and Thaiane de Oliveira

Disinformation is not a recent phenomenon, but it gained strength in the 2010s and expanded its dimension with the Covid-19 pandemic, especially in the fields of science and health. This context has contributed to an increase in studies related to disinformation in the context of science and health communication at a global level, but also in our region. This led us to open a call for this special issue on disinformation and communication of science and health in Latin America, which we present in this editorial.

Volume 6 • Issue 01 • 2023

May 30, 2023 pt Article
Organisational communication in public universities: the challenges of communicating science in a media-focused society

by Pedro Farnese

This article proposes a conceptual structure to reflect the media-focused society and its intricacies in the organizational communication strategies undertaken by public universities for the dissemination of science and the fight against misinformation. We built a theoretical approach around the articles published in the proceedings of the last five editions of the Brazilian Congress of Communication Sciences (2018 to 2022), specifically in the research group Communication, Scientific Dissemination, Health and Environment. The results demonstrate the need to broaden the discussion on dissemination of the scientific process, converging in interconnected and transdisciplinary directions that include perspectives on the impact of new technologies, democratization of knowledge, and representation of these teaching and research institutions in the social context.

Volume 6 • Issue 01 • 2023

May 30, 2023 es Article
Public discussion on Covid-19 in Mexico: What does Twitter tell us?

by Miguel Garcia-Guerrero, Diogo Lopes-de Oliveira, Erick Moreno, Nereida Martínez-Báez, Amelia Rodríguez-Pinedo and Elizabeth Ruiz-García

The Covid-19 pandemic has had a deep global impact in several social spheres, ranging from public health, economic activities, education and even the polarization that has occurred in the public discussion of the subject. Politicians, artists and scientists alike have expressed their positions on social media, producing debates with a wide range of perspectives that are not necessarily based on sound scientific facts. Thus, the conflict between reliable information and misinformation contributes to the growing uncertainty and complexity of the pandemic. This article explores how people look for references to build an opinion regarding the pandemic and the way in which personalities of different ranks, professions and nuances spread their opinions on health issues in Mexico. As methodological tools, the team analyzed hundreds of tweets from eleven profiles, divided into three groups: celebrities, politicians, and science communicators, in 14 relevant events during the pandemic. The results led to the construction of four major sections: deniers, moderates, cautious and critical. With this work, a basis is cemented to develop containment actions against disinformation and strategies to make the impact of Covid-19 visible, given the need for Mexican society to have reliable information to assume a position towards the so-called “new normality”.

Volume 6 • Issue 01 • 2023

May 30, 2023 pt Article
Research on misinformation and science communication: a review of the Latin American literature

by Kaique Mancoso, Amanda Paes, Thaiane de Oliveira and Luisa Massarani

In this article, we aim to carry out a literature review of studies carried out in Latin America on misinformation and science communication, in particular academic articles on this theme. Our corpus consisted of 142 articles, identified in the databases Scopus, Web of Science, Dimensions and Scielo. The results show that Brazil is the main stage of these analyses and appears in 65.5% of the corpus. It points to a concentration of research published from 2020, which correlate with the Covid-19 pandemic, being this the most studied theme (69.0%). The articles address digital social network studies (35.2%) and media studies (33.1%). We discuss the need to strengthen research among Latin American countries as a way to understand the specific nature of the circulation of science misinformation in the region and structure better ways to address it.

Volume 6 • Issue 01 • 2023

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