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Clickbait and impact: how academia has been hacked

Roelofs, Portia and Gallien, Max (2017) Clickbait and impact: how academia has been hacked. Impact of Social Sciences Blog (19 Sep 2017). Website.

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It has become increasingly clear that prevailing academic incentive structures have a potentially damaging and distorting effect on the nature of academic debates. Portia Roelofs and Max Gallien use the example of a controversial recent journal publication to illustrate how deliberately provocative articles have the capacity to hack academia, to privilege clicks and attention over rigour in research. This is consistent with equally troubling trends in the wider news media; where equal prominence is seemingly always afforded to extreme opposing views, where actual progress in debates becomes impossible, and false dissent is created on issues which are overwhelmingly sites of academic consensus.

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Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
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Date Deposited: 01 Nov 2017 12:59
Last Modified: 19 Nov 2019 22:50

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