Blogging about climate change in Russia: activism, scepticism and conspiracies

Poberezhskaya, M. ORCID: 0000-0001-6442-5292, 2018. Blogging about climate change in Russia: activism, scepticism and conspiracies. Environmental Communication, 12 (7), pp. 942-955. ISSN 1752-4032

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The article explores the new media’s role in climate change communication in Russia. By providing an open space for the expression of very diverse points of view, the internet creates a substitute media reality where both climate activists and climate sceptics can question the established discourse. Analysis of 374 entries published on the LiveJournal blogging platform has resulted in the identification of four discursive categories: “conspiracies of climate change,” “climate change impact,” “political games of climate change” and “online (anti-)environmentalism.” Each category demonstrates how the same topic can be framed in very different ways depending on bloggers’ worldview rather than the nature of the discussed environmental problem. The findings also show that the blogs act as “echo-chambers” for both climate deniers and climate activists reinforcing their behold beliefs. Finally, the analysis discovers some parallels with the traditional media coverage in their minimal critique of Russian state policy on climate.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: Environmental Communication
Creators: Poberezhskaya, M.
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Date: 2018
Volume: 12
Number: 7
ISSN: 1752-4032
Divisions: Schools > School of Social Sciences
Record created by: Linda Sullivan
Date Added: 15 May 2017 13:30
Last Modified: 27 Oct 2020 14:34

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