Science blogging: networks, boundaries and limitations

Hauke Riesch (Lead / Corresponding author), Jonathan Mendel

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    There is limited research about the realities of science blogging, how science
    bloggers themselves view their activity and what it can achieve. The 'badscience’ blogs show a number of interesting developments. A functioning and diverse online community (with ‘meatspace’ elements) has been constructed, with a number of nonprofessional and anonymous members and with boundary work being used to establish a recognisable outgroup. The community has developed particular norms, a type of distributed authority has been developed and activist norms and initiatives have been actioned. There are questions about what science blogging may be able to achieve in future and the fragility of the ‘badscience’ community, and some of the
    highly optimistic hopes which have been associated with science blogging have not been realised. Nonetheless, the small group of bloggers focussed on here have produced significant achievements with limited resources.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)51-72
    Number of pages22
    JournalScience As Culture
    Issue number1
    Publication statusPublished - 2014


    • Blogging
    • Science communication
    • Media
    • Activism


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