And even the sporadic flurry of articles about toxic bathroom sprays and potential brain damage in largemouth bass doesn’t seem to make much of a dent.
Here’s a quick analysis of Lexis Nexis I prepared for an upcoming talk. The percentage of articles devoted to risk(s) and regulation(s) seems to be fairly stable. What’s especially surprising is that even in the time periods where Magic Nano (see, for example, the nano|public posting from April 14, 2006) and the largemouth bass study (see Eva Oberdörster’s NanoTox.info site) dominated nano coverage, we don’t see any spikes in the proportion of risk/regulation articles. This may change soon as the issue begins to appear on the radar of mainstream media outlets and conflict frames (corporate interests against consumer concerns) and episodic frames (impact of nanotech on individual consumers) will begin to dominate local TV newscasts and other human interest stories.