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Michel Dupuy

Scientists, television and ecology: popularisers and whistleblowers

Le Temps des médias n° 25, Automne 2015, p. 182-199.

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This paper deals with the relationship between naturalists and the media, especially television. Even though scientists distrust the media, this must not mask their commitment at various levels, ranging from consultant to whistleblower. Believing in the power of the media and television, they participate to the creation of documentaries, This influence does not only relate with their engagement, but also with the transfer of a vocabulary into the public sphere, including the words “ecology” and “biodiversity”, often at the price of a change of the original definition. Since the 1950s, this presence of naturalists on TV has allowed people to tame wild nature.

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