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Hybridism, edutainment, and doubt: Science blogging finding its feet

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Anna Mauranen

University of Helsinki, FI
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Blogs have become everyday acquaintances in digital life. Although personal, political, and fashion blogs may be the best known, academics also engage in blogging about research. With fast-expanding digital publishing of all kinds, we may have to rethink the status of blogging in relation to our on-going research. This article discusses the perception of science blogs, and their status as a genre. It explores some blog threads talking about research blogging: are blogs a great way to improve outreach, or just dumbing down? Should we use blogs for publishing serious findings, or brush them aside as edutainment – preferably done by somebody else? Research blogs are explored in the context of science communication and research writing traditions, and their old and new features discussed.

DOI: https://doi.org/10.35360/njes.274
How to Cite: Mauranen, A., 2013. Hybridism, edutainment, and doubt: Science blogging finding its feet. Nordic Journal of English Studies, 12(1), pp.7–36. DOI: http://doi.org/10.35360/njes.274
Published on 01 Jan 2013.

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