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TASA Conference 2016: Paper

Author/s: Mathew Toll
Affiliation/s:  Postgraduate member, LCT centre for Knowledge-Building, University of Sydney.
Title: Unpacking the Black Box:The Climate Sceptic Blogosphere and the Idealization of Knowledge.
Abstract: Discussion of the role of the blogosphere in propagating climate scepticism echoes the focus on misinformation implicit in the deficit model. This characterization of the climate sceptic blogosphere suggests an arena without rules or evaluative logics. Yet this is not borne out by a cosmological analysis of climate sceptic blogs. In this paper, preliminary research is presented on the legitimation codes that underpin how ideal knowers and legitimate knowledge are construed on the climate sceptic blogosphere. On the blogosphere there is a commitment to unpacking the black box of science and evaluating it from the position that can be characterized as a toxic knowledge code, a schema for the legitimation of knowledge that emphasises the procedural component of knowled…