Discourse Ecology and Knowledge Niches: Negotiating the Risks of Radiation in Online Canadian Forums, Post-Fukushima

TitleDiscourse Ecology and Knowledge Niches: Negotiating the Risks of Radiation in Online Canadian Forums, Post-Fukushima
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2015
AuthorsRiedlinger, M, Rea, J
JournalScience, Technology & Human Values
Volume40
Issue4
Pagination588-614
Date Published2015
Publication Languageeng
ISBN Number01622439
Keywords2011 , children , DISCOURSE , engagement , ENVIRONMENTAL , ENVIRONMENTALISM , epistemology , Expertise , Fukushima , INTERVENTION , Japan , radiation
AbstractIn this article, the authors investigate Internet discourses that capture Canadians’ perceptions of the risk of radiation from the 2011 Fukushima nuclear incident. They consider these online discourses of radiation risk in the context of recent Internet-based theories that explore ecological models of communication, and we take a discourse approach to our analysis of the online texts about Fukushima radiation risk. Their analysis reveals that, while government and scientific discourses about radiation risk are framed in terms of public concern and certainty, public discourses are framed in terms of uncertainty and gaps in public knowledge. 
NotesRiedlinger, Michelle 1 Rea, Jaclyn 2; Affiliation: 1: Department of Communication, University of the Fraser Valley, British Columbia, Canada michelle.riedlinger@ufv.ca 2: University of British Columbia, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada; Source Info: Jul2015, Vol. 40 Issue 4, p588; Subject Term: FUKUSHIMA Nuclear Accident, Fukushima, Japan, 2011; Subject Term: ENVIRONMENTAL aspects; Subject Term: RADIATION -- Physiological effect; Subject Term: CHILDREN & the environment; Subject Term: ENVIRONMENTALISM; Subject Term: JAPAN -- Foreign relations; Author-Supplied Keyword: discourse ecology; Author-Supplied Keyword: engagement; Author-Supplied Keyword: epistemology; Author-Supplied Keyword: expertise; Author-Supplied Keyword: intervention; Number of Pages: 27p; Document Type: Article
DOI10.1177/0162243915571166

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