285Assn2 - The Science Blogosphere: Rewriting the Web of...

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The Science Blogosphere: Rewriting the Web of Science Communication From blockbuster movies to hands-on museums to textbooks, many different media carry information about science and its importance in our society. Recently, blogs have become a new means of sharing this information on the Internet—a new strand in the “web of science communication” (Lewenstein 1995). While each of these blogs examines “science” in some respect, they vary greatly in terms of their specific topics and areas of discussion. The diversity of science topics covered in blogs leads to much new collaboration and dialogue across all fields of science, and even other areas like policy and education. Because the of the medium’s openness and simplicity, science blogs defy traditional models of science communication. Science blogs provide unparalleled versatility, allowing for not only fact sharing, but also provide commentary and opinions, and most importantly, a place to develop community. Blogs, unlike other mass media, require very little resources to start and maintain. Any person in the world with a computer and Internet connection can create a blog and begin posting. These posts are then accessible by anyone else in the world with a computer and Internet connection. Thanks to blogs, individuals are now able to articulate ideas and share opinions easier than ever before. Furthermore, blog postings allow for the combination of many types of media. Posts often have links to academic papers, news stories, photographs, and even videos. Instead of fitting into the web of science communication, blogs act as a platform for science communication. While blogs allow for many different types of posts, one common type of blog
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This note was uploaded on 04/26/2008 for the course COMM 2850 taught by Professor Lewenstein,b. during the Spring '08 term at Cornell University (Engineering School).

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