Do social networks spread or drown health & science news?

A Scientific American blog posts a review of a book, Social Networks and Popular Understanding of Science and Health: Sharing Disparities.  It’s written by my friend and former faculty colleague, Brian Southwell.  We worked together in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Minnesota.  He’s now program director for Science in the Public Sphere at RTI International in Research Triangle Park, NC, with faculty appointments at Duke (with the Energy Initiative) and UNC (with Public Health and with Journalism and Mass Communication).

The SciAm blog includes an interview with Brian, and promises ” a series of longer posts delving into more detail with him on some of the issues, topics, problems, and controversies involved in using social networking to diffuse health and science information.”

SciAm beat me to the punch on this; I’d been meaning to write my own admiring review of Brian’s work.  He is one of the brightest minds in health communication.


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