新闻传播学院418博士之家学术午餐会第五季第9期(总第99期)

沙龙主题:Social Media and Risk Communication: The Role of Social Networking Sites in Food-safety Communication  

主讲人:牟  怡 博     

主持人:赵梦溪 博      

时间:2017121日星期五 1145-1345  

地点:鼓楼校区费彝民楼A418博士之家   

   

博士论文摘要:  

The emergence of new media, especially social media, has altered the way people access risk information in such a way that they typically do not need to solely rely on the government or traditional media as their primary information source during a national crisis. More importantly, the technical features of user-generated content allow average people to have a say in public affairs.  This new open-access information environment, which coexists with traditional media and other new media channels, poses new questions about how risk communication is conducted in the social media era. The present study aims to examine the new risk communication pattern empowered by the emerging social media, in particular, social networking sites, in the context of food safety issues in China. Specifically, this study adopts two methodologies, a web survey and a content analysis, to address the hypotheses and research questions. Study results provide support for a model that establishes positive relationships between microblogging use, risk perception and risk-information sharing. These findings thus underscore the potential power of social media as an efficient tool of risk communication between average Chinese citizens. The emergence of different subscales of social capital and social support identified by the present study suggests that these two concepts may be interpreted differently across different cultures. Implications of these findings—for citizen-bloggers, government authorities and for social change generally—are fully explored. At the current stage, microblogging sites have mainly been used as venues to vent negative attitudes and emotions regarding food safety crises. Moreover, the risk information that has been shared and spread through microblogs often may not be accurate nor come from credible sources. The study concludes that additional research is needed to help us gain a better understanding of the social capital and social support concepts across different cultural contexts. 

  

嘉宾简介:  

牟怡博士,上海交通大学媒体与设计学院特别研究员。本科毕业于中国科学技术大学,分别在美国波士顿大学、密歇根州立大学和康涅狄格大学获得化学硕士、传播学硕士和传播学博士。同时担任十余份国际学术期刊的邀请审稿人,曾获得过新闻与大众传播学会、美国传播学会、上海交大-国际传播学会国际新媒体论坛最佳论文奖等荣誉。研究兴趣包括新媒体技术在社会各个领域的应用与效应的研究,尤其是人机传播和技术在健康传播的应用等领域。  

  

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发布时间:2017-11-30