Global climate change or national climate changes? An analysis of the performance of online issue publics in integrating global issues

Reber, Ueli (2020). Global climate change or national climate changes? An analysis of the performance of online issue publics in integrating global issues. Environmental communication, 15(2), pp. 173-188. Taylor and Francis Group 10.1080/17524032.2020.1812685

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This paper analyzes how the complex global spatiality of climate change is integrated into online national public discourses. Although the Web is an important venue for public discourses, little is known about its capability to integrate transnational issues. By looking at two types of communicative links (hyperlinks and referential links), we assess the degree and the scope of transnational integration for the four cases of Germany, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, and the United States. The findings show that these national discourses are heavily transnationalized. However, the scope of transnationalization is restricted to countries of the Global North, with a clear focus on the United States. This leads to the conclusion that the Web’s capability to integrate transnational issues is limited.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

03 Faculty of Business, Economics and Social Sciences > Social Sciences > Institute of Communication and Media Studies (ICMB)

UniBE Contributor:

Reber, Ueli

Subjects:

300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology

ISSN:

1752-4032

Publisher:

Taylor and Francis Group

Funders:

[4] Swiss National Science Foundation
[UNSPECIFIED] German Research Foundation

Language:

English

Submitter:

Ueli Reber

Date Deposited:

14 Sep 2020 09:08

Last Modified:

07 Mar 2021 03:04

Publisher DOI:

10.1080/17524032.2020.1812685

Uncontrolled Keywords:

Climate change, public discourse, online, Web, transnationalization, comparative research, hyperlinks, referential links, automated content analysis

BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.146500

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/146500

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