Talk like an expert: the construction of expertise in news comments concerning climate change.
Coen, Sharon; Meredith, Joanne; Woods, Ruth; Fernandez, Ana
This article explores how readers of UK newspapers construct expertise around climate change. It draws on 300 online readers’ comments on news items in The Guardian, Daily Mail and The Telegraph, concerning the release of the International Panel on Climate Change report calling for immediate action on climate change. Comments were analysed using discursive psychology. We identified a series of discursive strategies that commenters adopted to present themselves as experts in their commentary. The (mostly indirect) use of category entitlements (implicitly claiming themselves as expert) and the presentation of one’s argument as factual (based on direct or indirect technical knowledge or common sense) emerged as common ways in which readers made claims to expertise, both among the supporters and among the sceptics of climate change science. Our findings indicate that expertise is a fluid concept, constructed in diverse ways, with important implications for public engagement with climate change science.
COEN, S., MEREDITH, J., WOODS, R. and FERNANDEZ, A. 2021. Talk like an expert: the construction of expertise in news comments concerning climate change. Public understanding of science [online], 30(4), pages 400-416. Available from: https://doi.org/10.1177/0963662520981729
|Journal Article Type||Article|
|Acceptance Date||Nov 26, 2020|
|Online Publication Date||Dec 30, 2020|
|Publication Date||May 1, 2021|
|Deposit Date||Nov 27, 2020|
|Publicly Available Date||Nov 27, 2020|
|Journal||Public understanding of science|
|Peer Reviewed||Peer Reviewed|
|Keywords||Climate change; Expertise; Online news; Comments; Media|
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