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Environmental Conflict and the Media


Edited By Libby Lester and Brett Hutchins

Has the hype associated with the «revolutionary» potential of the World Wide Web and digital media for environmental activism been muted by the past two decades of lived experience? What are the empirical realities of the prevailing media landscape?
Using a range of related disciplinary perspectives, the contributors to this book analyze and explain the complicated relationship between environmental conflict and the media. They shine light on why media are central to historical and contemporary conceptions of power and politics in the context of local, national and global issues and outline the emerging mixture of innovation and reliance on established strategies in environmental campaigns.
With cases drawn from different sections of the globe – Australia, the United Kingdom, the United States, Europe, Latin America, China, Japan, the Pacific Islands, Africa – the book demonstrates how conflicts emanate from and flow across multiple sites, regions and media platforms and examines the role of the media in helping to structure collective discussion, debate and decision-making.


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The editors would like to thank the Australian Research Council for funding the three-year research project ‘Changing Landscapes: Online Media and Politics in an Age of Environmental Conflict’ (DP1095173), which has included this book and related symposium held at the University of Tasmania in November 2011. Thank you to Janine Mikosza for her initiative, patience and painstaking work in preparing the manuscript, and to Stephenie Cahalan for her invaluable support with organizing the symposium. Thank you to the University of Tasmania and to Monash University for funding support for the symposium. The editors would also like to acknowledge the enthusiasm and collegiality of symposium participants, who travelled from thir- teen countries and brought a range of media and journalism research traditions and industry perspectives to the gathering. Libby would also like to thank the University of Tasmania for a period of study leave that helped with the completion of this col- lection. Brett is appreciative of the support offered by his colleagues in the School of English, Communications and Performance Studies at Monash University, with particular thanks going to Shane Homan, Andy Ruddock, Kevin Foster, Sue Kossew, Robin Gerster, Jodie Wood and Kerry Bowmar. He also knows that nothing is really worthwhile without the love and support of Janine and Rowan. Finally, thank you to series editor Simon Cottle for his interest and participation in the research project and book, and to Mary Savigar of Peter Lang for her publishing support.  interior_lester.ind 11 5/22/13 8:52 AM interior_lester.ind...

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