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

Ellen Droog, Christian Burgers, Kerk F. Kee

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Abstract

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.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)819-834
Number of pages16
JournalPublic Understanding of Science
Volume29
Issue number8
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 1 2020

Keywords

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

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