The Double-Edged Sword of Popularization

  title={The Double-Edged Sword of Popularization},
  author={Lynda Walsh},
  journal={Science Communication},
  pages={658 - 669}
  • L. Walsh
  • Published 13 April 2015
  • Education
  • Science Communication
The decision by editors to shut off public comments in 2013 surprised many scholars of science journalism—particularly since the decision was justified in large part by reference to science communication scholarship. This commentary engages in a rhetorical analysis of the events surrounding the decision—in particular, the popularization of Anderson et al. (2014), the editorial stance at, and the content of blog comments leading up to the shutoff—to better appreciate what… 

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