How journalists and experts metaphorically frame emerging information technologies: The case of cyberinfrastructure for big data

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2020

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Journalists and experts contribute to the creation of frames (frame-building) of innovations. However, little is known about the specific contribution of these different societal actors to the frame-building of emerging information technologies. This article focuses on a specific emerging information technology – cyberinfrastructure for big data. In particular, we investigated the role of metaphors in the frame-building of cyberinfrastructure during its early development, and contrast the metaphorical framing of cyberinfrastructure by journalists in a corpus of US news texts (Study 1) with the metaphorical framing of experts in a corpus of interviews (Study 2). Results show considerable differences between the frames by journalists and experts in the frame-building process. Journalists, to a great extent, employ their own frames in conceptualizing cyberinfrastructure rather than drawing on the frames used by experts. Future research should investigate the impact of these different metaphorical frames on audience members.

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cyberinfrastructure, emerging information technology, frame-building, framing, journalists, metaphors, science communication, technology experts

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Droog, E., Burgers, C., & Kee, K.F.. 2020. How journalists and experts metaphorically frame emerging information technologies: The case of cyberinfrastructure for big data. Public Understanding of Science, 29(8). https://doi.org/10.1177/0963662520952542

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