I have felt uneasy about the whole science of science communication thing for a while now. Some night thoughts recently helped me formulate why: The science of science communication is just the deficit model in disguise.
We all know that the deficit model is just so 1980s and we have all moved on from that now, haven’t we? Now our professed concerns are with engagement, dialogue, co-creation, so why is there such importance attached to the science of science communication? Your status as a neutral observer is undermined if you pride yourself in being associated with one side.
How much co-creation can there be if the ground-rules for dialogue state that one side is right? If we are engaged in co-creative dialogue shouldn’t we be open to other voices, other perspectives?
These night thoughts were developed a little further in this post:https://literacyofthepresent.wordpress.com/2017/10/14/deficits-in-disguise-the-science-of-science-communication/
I do hope there is an opportunity to discuss my worries in Bellagio.