Fast-food information, information quality and information gap: a temporal exploration of the notion of information in science communication on climate change

Carin Graminius

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Abstract

Purpose: The purpose of this study is to discuss the concept of information in relation to temporality within the context of climate change communication. Furthermore, the paper aims to highlight the empirical richness of information as a concept by analysing its use in context. Design/methodology/approach: The discussion is based on 14 semi-structured interviews with initiators and collaborators of 6 open letters on climate change published in 2018–2019. By taking three specific notions the interviewees introduced—fast food information, information quality and information gap–as the analytical point of departure, the study aims for a contextual understanding of information grounded in temporal sensitivity. Findings: The paper finds that information in the context of open letters is informed by different, and at times contradicting, temporalities and timescapes which align with various material, institutional and discursive practices. Based on this finding, the paper argues that notions of information are intrinsically linked to the act of communicating, and they should be viewed as co-constituting each other. Originality/value: The paper contributes with an empirically informed discussion regarding the concept of information as it is used in a specific context. It illustrates how “information” is far from being understood in a singular fashion, but is made up of multifaceted and at times contradictory understandings. Ultimately, they correspond to why and how one communicates climate change information.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)89-105
JournalJournal of Documentation
Volume78
Issue number7
Early online date2021
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2022

Subject classification (UKÄ)

  • Other Social Sciences
  • Earth and Related Environmental Sciences

Keywords

  • Climate change
  • Information
  • Materiality
  • Open letters
  • Science communication
  • Temporality

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