Scientific ethos and the climate science controversy
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Rhetoric of science scholarship has long posited a distinct scientific ethos. Controversies over the science of climate change challenge existing forms of scientific credibility and ethos. This study examines transformations in the characters, narratives, and relationships of authority found throughout different media in debates over Michael Mann’s so-called hockey stick graph. Changes in scientific ethos produced by new content and new media demonstrate the need for rhetorical scholars to re-think the status of scientific ethos and explore its various evolving forms.