New publication: The Media in the Labs, and the Labs in the Media.

Media of various kinds have always played a role in science, where they have been used to conduct, document and communicate research. The role and the impact of these media – from laboratory instruments and the use of internet communication to the influence of mass media on scientific work – can be seen as a “mediatization” of science. This review presents an overview of the relevant scholarship. It distinguishes three kinds of media communication that can be found within science (communication with mass media, interpersonal communication and the use of media as scientific instruments) and three facets of mediatization (an extension of scientific capabilities, an amalgamation or substitution of established scientific activities with new ones, and an accommodation of science towards the media logic). It shows that a considerable number of studies have analyzed the mediatization of science. It has been demonstrated, for example, that scientists are rather open towards the mass media, that online media have extended scientific collaboration temporally and spatially, and that media play a crucial role within scientific laboratories. In turn, the review also demonstrates a large number of gaps in current scholarship, and highlights relevant and potentially fertile fields for future research.

Schäfer, M.S. (2014): The Media in the Labs, and the Labs in the Media. What we Know about the Mediatization of Science. in Lundby, Knut (Ed.): Mediatization of Communication. Vol. 21 of the „Handbooks of Communication Science“. Berlin: de Gruyter Mouton. 571-594.