The Role of Taste in the Belief in Pseudoscience

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Abstract

This early-stage project begins to explore expressions of popular belief in pseudoscience from the perspective of rhetorical and pragmatic approaches to taste. I argue publics can coalesce around discourses of science as a matter of taste or self-fashioning. I start by analyzing published interviews and podcasts of basketball star Kyrie Irving, who became notorious for believing in a flat-earth. I then use Irving as a case study to draw preliminary conclusions for science communication educators before previewing the next stage of the project.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings - 2020 IEEE International Professional Communication Conference, ProComm 2020
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Pages47-51
Number of pages5
ISBN (Electronic)9781728155630
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 2020
Event2020 IEEE International Professional Communication Conference, ProComm 2020 - Kennesaw, United States
Duration: Jul 20 2020Jul 21 2020

Publication series

NameIEEE International Professional Communication Conference
Volume2020-July
ISSN (Print)2158-091X
ISSN (Electronic)2158-1002

Conference

Conference2020 IEEE International Professional Communication Conference, ProComm 2020
CountryUnited States
CityKennesaw
Period07/20/2007/21/20

Keywords

  • aesthetics
  • conspiracy theories
  • pseudoscience
  • science communication
  • science in society

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