Science And Media Public Policy Essay

Length: 4 pages Sources: 1+ Subject: Communication - Journalism Type: Essay Paper: #17467972 Related Topics: Media Censorship, Animal Testing, Public Policy, Media Bias
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S. interacts there. Without this influence public policy would be seriously challenged.

With regard to science there is a serious need for science and technology discoveries to influence public policy, as science feeds development and innovation. Public policy should demonstrate a real collaborative approach to aide in controlling scientific ethics as well as the possibility of innovation that might aide the whole of humanity. Science, like many other entities is largely self-regulated by a myriad of networks as well as simply by the scientists themselves and yet there are always cases where science does not do a good enough job policing themselves and needs the introduction of public policy to keep controls on ethical and moral actions in the name of science.

One example I can readily call to mind is stem cell research. Though I myself would take a looser stance than the Bush era law and public policy has with regard to this emerging science the need to help the scientific community put controls on the ethical standards of live tissue sampling is still evident. There should not be a mass generation of life simply to experiment on, any more than there should be allowances for human subjects to endure experiments that are fundamentally harmful to them. (Kaplan NP) Not to enter the debate on either side there is still a very clear sense that public policy should help science answer some difficult and enduring questions regarding stem cell research and especially regarding issues such as cloning and where stem cells can be gleaned from for scientific use.

Another example would be the reverse, in that in the above example there is the need for public policy to assist science, and in this example the reverse is the case. This second example is also a question of scientific ethics that is enduring and important. Science has been long calling for changes in the animal testing public policy. The questions at hand involve policy demanding the use of animals in certain types of media and science. In the sense of positive outcomes there is a real need for this collaboration and the media and science should inform public policy, yet there is also an important need for public policy to institute a consumer beware stance with regard to both science and media, as each needs to be properly placed in its rightful place as change agent, without overly influencing public policy.

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Caras, Roger. "We Must Find Alternatives to Animals in Research." Newsweek 26 December 1988: 57.

Kaplan, Karen. Los Angeles Times Scientists to Congress: Pass the stem cell law ... while you still can, November 05, 2010 Web. http://articles.latimes.com/2010/nov/05/news/la-heb-stem-cell-letter-to-congress-20101105

Krajicek, David J. Scooped! Media Miss Real Story on Crime While Chasing Sex, Sleaze, and Celebrities, New York: Columbia University Press, 1998.

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Works Cited

Buskirk, Elliot.V. Thousands of NY Sex Offenders Booted From Facebook, MySpace Epicenter, December 2009, Web. http://www.wired.com/epicenter/2009/12/thousands-of-sex-offenders-booted-from-facebook-myspace/

Caras, Roger. "We Must Find Alternatives to Animals in Research." Newsweek 26 December 1988: 57.

Kaplan, Karen. Los Angeles Times Scientists to Congress: Pass the stem cell law ... while you still can, November 05, 2010 Web. http://articles.latimes.com/2010/nov/05/news/la-heb-stem-cell-letter-to-congress-20101105

Krajicek, David J. Scooped! Media Miss Real Story on Crime While Chasing Sex, Sleaze, and Celebrities, New York: Columbia University Press, 1998.


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