Publication details [#61854]

Krämer, Nicole C. and Stephan Winter. 2016. Who’s right: The author or the audience? Effects of user comments and ratings on the perception of online science. Communications 41 (3) : 339–360.
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De Gruyter


This study explores and debates the impact of varied user feedback forms on reader interpretation of online science topics (here: the risks of brutal video games). Visible user reactions contested the paper's slope and were consistenly different (logic vs. subjective comments vs. ratings vs. none). Parents used comments and ratings to deduce the opinion climate, with restricted impact on reader conduct. Less concerned readers though (participant students in Study 2), were persuadable by user comments.