Volume 10 · Number 1 · Pages 154–155
Beyond Criticizing Objectivism: Three Pragmatic Considerations

Sven Engesser

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Open peer commentary on the article “Do the Media Fail to Represent Reality? A Constructivist and Second-order Critique of the Research on Environmental Media Coverage and Its Normative Implications” by Julia Völker & Armin Scholl. Upshot: Criticizing climate communication research for its sometimes objectivist approach appears highly justified. However, three pragmatic questions should be considered. First, is it truly illegitimate to confront a social system with external normative expectations? Second, are all human inferences equally subjective? Third, how can a constructive perspective inform climate communication research?


Engesser S. (2014) Beyond criticizing objectivism: Three pragmatic considerations. Constructivist Foundations 10(1): 154–155. http://constructivist.info/10/1/154

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