How Journalists and Technology Experts Metaphorically Frame Emerging Technologies and Innovations: The Case of Cyberinfrastructure for Big Data

Ellen Droog, Christian Burgers, Kerk 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 creation of emerging technologies. This paper focuses on one specific emerging technology, cyberinfrastructure for big data. In particular, we zoom in on the role of metaphors in 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 of 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, which can potentially have negative effects on the adoption and understanding of cyberinfrastructur
Original languageEnglish
JournalPublic Understanding of Science
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StatePublished - Aug 30 2020

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