Loading Events

« All Events

A Critical Appraisal of Diversity in Digital Knowledge Production: Segregated Inclusion of Knowledge Producers on YouTube

October 29 @ 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

A Critical Appraisal of Diversity in Digital Knowledge Production: Segregated Inclusion of Knowledge Producers on YouTube

STS Lunch Seminar with Kaiping Chen

Kaiping Chen, Assistant Professor, Life Sciences Communication

Thursday, October 29, 12:30-1:30 pm

This event will be virtualhttps://go.wisc.edu/z9b8kk | Meeting ID: 910 1140 4015 | Passcode: 623639

Diversity of knowledge production is a key challenge that science communication is facing. Despite extensive works showing how diversity has been undermined in offline science communication, little is known about whether social media can afford or hinder diversity for science communication. This paper addresses this gap by examining profile and network diversities of knowledge producers on a popular social media platform—YouTube. We performed network analysis to study the citation behavior of these producers and conducted contents analysis on channel profiles. We found that intersectionally diverse profiles are presented in digital knowledge production. However, network among these knowledge producers reveals the rich-get-richer effect. At the intersection of profile and network diversities, we also found that most frequently cited “super connectors” tend to be YouTube channels connected to mainstream media, portrayed with male and colorblind profile who explicitly claim to educate science to public. These findings shed new light on the emerging pattern of juxtaposition of inclusiveness and segregation in online platforms, which we define as “segregated inclusion.” This segregated inclusion phenomenon further question how inequalities in science communication is replicated and amplified in relation to digital platforms.

Suggested reading:

A Critical Appraisal of Diversity in Digital Knowledge Production Segregated Inclusion of Knowledge Producers on YouTube (PDF)

Details

Date:
October 29
Time:
12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
Event Category:
Website:
https://go.wisc.edu/z9b8kk