Some of the essays explore existing research and theory about cosmopolitanism and apply it to specific case studies; others attempt to extend this theoretical framework and engage in a dialogue with the broader disciplines of media and cultural studies. Overall, this variety of approaches generates valuable insights into the central issue of the book: the role played by the media, in its various forms, in either encouraging or discouraging cosmopolitanist identifications among its audiences.
Cosmopolitan Vision, Global Responsibility and Local Reporting in Ukraine
It is widely assumed nowadays that in order to respond effectively to environmental challenges, humanity must have ‘a particular ethical consciousness to orient social relationships toward the natural world’ (Cox 2007: 16). It is also assumed that because environmental issues cannot be contained within national borders, such ethical consciousness should be unbounded, that is, not restricted to national or local imaginations. Rather, it should be situated in universal moral principles, such as the ‘protonorm’ of truth (Christians 2010: 19). An important role in the formation of a global culture of responsibility, according to this cosmopolitan outlook, should be assigned to those elites who, being able to shape public opinion, can orient world publics toward integrative global thinking (Beck 2003). As members of a global professional group able to frame information for global audiences, journalists have the potential to play a special role in this project (Ward 2010). Paradoxically, however, in order to carry out the mission of cultivating a global ethical consciousness, journalists themselves must possess a cosmopolitan sense of responsibility and share some common supranational ethical norms (Couldry 2010).
This chapter1 presents a case study on how Ukrainian journalists in the city of Kharkov framed for their audiences a local case of deforestation – the decision of the Kharkov municipal council to cut down trees in a local recreation area. Because this case of deforestation can be considered a part of a global problem of sustainability, we are interested in whether Kharkov ← 207 | 208 → journalists frame...
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