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Media presentations of climate change

Boykoff, Max and Smith, Joe (2010). Media presentations of climate change. In: Lever-Tracy, Constance ed. Routledge Handbook of Climate Change and Society. Routlede International Handbooks. Abingdon, UK: Routledge, pp. 210–218.

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Abstract

In this chapter, we explore the dynamic role of mass media in covering anthropogenic climate change. We provide an overview of contexts that shape media portrayals through time, and then briefly explore various processes that shape the production of ‘news’. We then survey the dissemination and interpretation of environmental news once it enters the public sphere. Overall, we wish to help make sense of how media depictions shape understanding of anthropogenic climate change, while touching on how larger political contexts influence such framing processes. Throughout, we take the position that ‘truth’ is not simply translated or reflected. Instead, mass media processes – at multiple scales – significantly shape how actors, issues, event, pronouncements and information are perceived. Therefore, it is worth considering how media representations contribute to perceived possibilities for current and future actions.

Item Type: Book Chapter
Copyright Holders: 2010 The Authors
ISBN: 0-415-54476-9, 978-0-415-54476-4
Academic Unit/Department: Social Sciences > Geography
Interdisciplinary Research Centre: OpenSpace Research Centre (OSRC)
Item ID: 17770
Depositing User: Users 4807 not found.
Date Deposited: 30 Jul 2009 14:52
Last Modified: 24 Nov 2014 13:20
URI: http://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/17770
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