Liberalists and data-solutionists : redefining expertise in Twitter debates on coronavirus in Finland

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Väliverronen , E , Laaksonen , S-M , Jauho , M & Jallinoja , P 2020 , ' Liberalists and data-solutionists : redefining expertise in Twitter debates on coronavirus in Finland ' , Journal of Science Communication , vol. 19 , no. 5 , 10 . https://doi.org/10.22323/2.19050210

Title: Liberalists and data-solutionists : redefining expertise in Twitter debates on coronavirus in Finland
Author: Väliverronen, Esa; Laaksonen, Salla-Maaria; Jauho, Mikko; Jallinoja, Piia
Contributor: University of Helsinki, Media and Communication Studies
University of Helsinki, Centre for Consumer Society Research
University of Helsinki, Centre for Consumer Society Research
Date: 2020-09-30
Language: eng
Number of pages: 21
Belongs to series: Journal of Science Communication
ISSN: 1824-2049
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10138/319830
Abstract: Based on recent accounts of the sociology of expertise, we analyse the public contestation and expansion of expertise in the context of COVID-19. During the epidemic, the expertise of the Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare (THL), became increasingly contested. By exploring Twitter discussions concerning the actions of THL during the first months of the epidemic from January to mid-June 2020, we analyse the main motivations and arguments in this public contestation as well as the alternative forms of expertise proposed by the critics. We focus particularly on two forms of criticism arguing for what we call networked expertise: liberal crowdsourcing supporters and data-solutionists presenting alternative epidemiological models.
Subject: 518 Media and communications
5141 Sociology
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