Communication Ecologies: Analyzing Adoption of False Beliefs in an Information-Rich Environment

Nathan Walter*, Sandra J. Ball-Rokeach, Yu Xu, Garrett M. Broad

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The continued fragmentation of information and the proliferation of communication resources necessitate a shift toward perspectives that situate communication practices in a multilevel ecosystem. The current article offers a method to map and analyze communication ecologies—defined as the networks of communication connections that individuals depend on in order to construct knowledge and achieve goals—as social networks. To demonstrate the potential of communication ecologies as an analytical tool in science communication, we report on the results of a feasibility study (N = 654) in the context of climate science and vaccine safety. The article discusses the theoretical and practical implications of the communication ecology approach.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)650-668
Number of pages19
JournalScience Communication
Issue number5
StatePublished - Oct 1 2018


  • climate science
  • communication ecologies
  • misinformation
  • vaccine safety

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Sociology and Political Science


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