Information, Education, and Indoctrination: The Federation of American Scientists and Public Communication Strategies in the Atomic Age

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    • Publication Information:
      University of California Press, 2012.
    • Publication Date:
      2012
    • Abstract:
      Immediately following World War II, atomic scientists and their colleagues in other disciplines formed the Federation of American Scientists (FAS) and dedicated themselves to increasing public knowledge about atomic energy and the need for international control. FAS scientists began their campaign with faith in the role a well-informed public could play in a democracy. Recognizing their inexperience in public relations, scientists sought the assistance of social scientists and PR experts to help them communicate their message effectively. Confronting in their advisors’ recommendations a radically different conception of how to reach the public, FAS scientists faced a choice: relinquish their cherished self-image as objective experts and embrace techniques of indoctrination, or maintain their focus on informing or educating the public. Examining the Federation’s dilemma sheds new light upon the changing motivations and public communication strategies of scientists in post-World War II America.
    • Author Affiliations:
      California State University, Los Angeles, 105 N. Almansor St. #9, Alhambra, CA, 91801;megan.sethi@calstatela.edu.
    • ISSN:
      19391811
      1939182X
    • Accession Number:
      10.1525/hsns.2012.42.1.1
    • Rights:
      © 2012 by The Regents of the University of California. All rights reserved. Please direct all requests for permission to photocopy or reproduce article content through the University of California Press’s Rights and Permissions website, athttp://www.ucpressjournals.com/reprintinfo.asp.
    • Accession Number:
      edsjsr.10.1525.hsns.2012.42.1.1
  • Citations
    • ABNT:
      MEGAN BARNHART SETHI. Information, Education, and Indoctrination: The Federation of American Scientists and Public Communication Strategies in the Atomic Age. Historical Studies in the Natural Sciences, [s. l.], v. 42, n. 1, p. 1, 2012. Disponível em: . Acesso em: 18 set. 2019.
    • AMA:
      Megan Barnhart Sethi. Information, Education, and Indoctrination: The Federation of American Scientists and Public Communication Strategies in the Atomic Age. Historical Studies in the Natural Sciences. 2012;42(1):1. doi:10.1525/hsns.2012.42.1.1.
    • APA:
      Megan Barnhart Sethi. (2012). Information, Education, and Indoctrination: The Federation of American Scientists and Public Communication Strategies in the Atomic Age. Historical Studies in the Natural Sciences, 42(1), 1. https://doi.org/10.1525/hsns.2012.42.1.1
    • Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date:
      Megan Barnhart Sethi. 2012. “Information, Education, and Indoctrination: The Federation of American Scientists and Public Communication Strategies in the Atomic Age.” Historical Studies in the Natural Sciences 42 (1): 1. doi:10.1525/hsns.2012.42.1.1.
    • Harvard:
      Megan Barnhart Sethi (2012) ‘Information, Education, and Indoctrination: The Federation of American Scientists and Public Communication Strategies in the Atomic Age’, Historical Studies in the Natural Sciences, 42(1), p. 1. doi: 10.1525/hsns.2012.42.1.1.
    • Harvard: Australian:
      Megan Barnhart Sethi 2012, ‘Information, Education, and Indoctrination: The Federation of American Scientists and Public Communication Strategies in the Atomic Age’, Historical Studies in the Natural Sciences, vol. 42, no. 1, p. 1, viewed 18 September 2019, .
    • MLA:
      Megan Barnhart Sethi. “Information, Education, and Indoctrination: The Federation of American Scientists and Public Communication Strategies in the Atomic Age.” Historical Studies in the Natural Sciences, vol. 42, no. 1, 2012, p. 1. EBSCOhost, doi:10.1525/hsns.2012.42.1.1.
    • Chicago/Turabian: Humanities:
      Megan Barnhart Sethi. “Information, Education, and Indoctrination: The Federation of American Scientists and Public Communication Strategies in the Atomic Age.” Historical Studies in the Natural Sciences 42, no. 1 (2012): 1. doi:10.1525/hsns.2012.42.1.1.
    • Vancouver/ICMJE:
      Megan Barnhart Sethi. Information, Education, and Indoctrination: The Federation of American Scientists and Public Communication Strategies in the Atomic Age. Historical Studies in the Natural Sciences [Internet]. 2012 [cited 2019 Sep 18];42(1):1. Available from: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsjsr&AN=edsjsr.10.1525.hsns.2012.42.1.1&custid=s8280428