The media's reception of the risk associated with radioactive disasters.
Radiation risk, risk perception and social constructions. Workshop. Oslo (NOR), 1995/10/19.
There is an urgent need to develop methodologies to examine the response by the media to radioactive disasters.'Reception study'is a new research approach in the field of mass communication, studying how the viewers construct meaning from TV news.
This ongoing reception study explores how fifteen respondents, all involved in the Chernobyl disaster in 1986, recall and interpret TV news coverage nine years after the accident.
The main aim is to discover how the news affects the recipients'interpretations of a disaster and what kind of thoughts, reactions and associations risk messages provoke in retrospect, in the present and in the beliefs about the future.
The initial findings indicate that the Chernobyl news on TV was mainly based on technical rationality, while viewers construct meaning founded on symbolic, cultural rationality.
The transmission of catastrophe news is not just a matter of responding to the information needs of the public.
Denotative risk messages simultaneously convey connotative, symbolic resonance of risk on a metaphysical level.
Mots-clés Pascal : Analyse risque, Radiocontamination, Média, Communication masse, Programme télévision, Journalisme, Communication information, Information public, Radioprotection, Rationalisation, Langage symbolique, Interprétation information, Tchernobyl, Accident nucléaire
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Risk analysis, Radioactive contamination, Media, Mass communication, Television program, Journalism, Information communication, Public information, Radioprotection, Rationalization, Symbolic language, Information interpretation
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Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique
Cote : 97-0122072
Code Inist : 002B30A01C. Création : 21/05/1997.