International audiences for news of emerging technologies: Canadian and U.S. responses to bio- and nanotechnologies

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Emerging technologies can be described in a number of ways. These are technologies in the developmental stage of production, perhaps not yet fully exploited by firms. For many of these, basic research may still be taking place and the projections of potential applications remain just that – projected aspirations and hopes. When we look back to the histories of various technologies now embedded in society – from vaccines to computers, electricity to enhanced foods, we see historical trajectories that have led to numerous life and societal changes – from reduced mortality to revolutionized working conditions. These histories also remind us that once upon a time, these technologies may not always have been greeted with excitement and anticipation.


Biotechnology – Public opinion; Canada; Nanotechnology – Public opinion; Science news; United States


Communication | Science and Technology Studies


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