Translated Titles

The Narratives of Certainty and Uncertainty in Science Communication: Morakot Typhoon Report Series as an Example


黃俊儒(Chun-Ju Huang)

Key Words

科學傳播 ; 莫拉克 ; 風險社會 ; 不確定性 ; 科學新聞 ; science communication ; Morakot typhoon ; risk society ; uncertainty ; science news



Volume or Term/Year and Month of Publication

19期(2014 / 10 / 01)

Page #

73 - 116

Content Language


Chinese Abstract


English Abstract

Typhoons are the most frequent types of natural disaster in Taiwan. But nowadays, atmospheric science still cannot accurately predict upcoming typhoons or their potential dangers to society. It is hard to exclude uncertain factors because of the limitations of science methodology or the features of risk society. However, weather forecasts still must attempt to provide plausible information to our society and do it with a certain level of certainty. This is a paradox. How do the media in Taiwan scrutinize and balance the tensions between certainty and uncertainty? What narrative types must be used within science news while reporting weather events? The answers to these questions will reflect the media's perspectives toward the scientific uncertainty. The outcome must also relate people with how to understand our present technological risk.This study utilizes the Morakot typhoon report series as the example to analyze narrative types and explained related questions in science news reports. We have collected science news reports from the main newspapers in Taiwan and have adopted the text analysis method to discover their true meaning. Based on the results, further suggestions for science communication researches and practices will also be discussed.

Topic Category 人文學 > 人文學綜合
醫藥衛生 > 醫藥衛生綜合
醫藥衛生 > 醫藥總論
醫藥衛生 > 基礎醫學
醫藥衛生 > 預防保健與衛生學
醫藥衛生 > 社會醫學
社會科學 > 社會科學綜合
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