Document AB – group meeting and progress update

26.2.2019

This group meeting we focused on creating a research question to aid us in research and how we will present the findings in the presentation.

We began the meeting by discussing what we had researched beforehand to gain a semblance of what we individually interpreted from past meetings.

I discussed in detail the topics and articles that I had research beforehand as well as topics from a lecture that I thought was relevant to the topic. The lecture was entitled “Who speaks for climate change?” and discussed the disparities in knowledge surrounding climate change presented by the media, specifically looking at journalists and news reporters.

As we have previously discussed the subtopics that we intend to discuss in the presentation, we began refining it further as to not stray from our topic or over complicate the topic we intend to present.

Collectively we decided that we would focus on 3 subheadings to include in the presentation
– mass media
– social media
– the earth’s physical documentation

We thought these three subtopics would be relevant in our discussion as it focuses on three varying ways of acquiring knowledge surrounding climate change that affects peoples understanding of climate change and specifically anthropogenic climate change.

From these topics, we then began discussing the tentative presentation question that we would discuss. Collaboratively we decided that;
What has changed in the documentation of Anthropogenic Climate Change in recent years that have influenced the growth in conversations surrounding Climate Change?

We still intend to focus on the idea of media theory as we feel the quote “the medium is the message” is very relevant to our presentation. The mediums that we intend to focus on are physical representations of the Earth, mass media and social media. The growth in conversations surrounding climate change will aid us in focusing on the topic but we will also be looking at historical documentation of climate change, specifically news surrounding climate change in the 1990s and early 2000s and how that has affected people’s knowledge of climate change. Lastly, we will focus on social media representations of climate change and how the growth of new independent media have both benefitted and hindered conversations surrounding climate change.

In preparation for our group meeting alongside our supervisor we will be looking at each topic with the reserach question in mind, identifying any gaps in knowledge that could be beneficial in developing the argument that the knowledge produced by media sources directly impact people’s interaction with climate change.

We have divided the research amongst ourselves;

  • Sebastian will focus on Earth’s physical documentation and how that may impact people’s knowledge 
  • Kistina and Ares will focus on mass media documentations of climate change – specifically focusing on establishment media sources and how they have 
  • Greta and Kayoko will focus on social media documentations 


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  1. I was researching social media representations and came across a relevant research method that I think would be beneficial when looking at the conversations surrounding climate change. The idea of “echo chambers” whereby beliefs and like opinions are amplified within a confined space in social media.

    A lot of studies conducted concerning media and climate change have focused on this as a way of obtaining empirical data as social media sites make it accessible to numericise qualitative data.

    I think it is worth looking into the idea of echo chambers in our research in social media as the phenomena commonly occur within these spaces. These echo chambers are can also be problematic in conversations of climate change because sceptics will only surround themselves with rhetoric they believe are in line with their beliefs and thus disregard arguments that counter their beliefs.

    https://www.theguardian.com/science/blog/2017/dec/04/echo-chambers-are-dangerous-we-must-try-to-break-free-of-our-online-bubbles – is an interesting opinion piece that discusses the adverse effects of echo chambers

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