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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.
Libby Lester (PhD, University of Melbourne) is Professor of Journalism, Media and Communications at the University of Tasmania. She is the author of Media and Environment: Conflict, Politics and the News (2010) and co-editor with Simon Cottle of Transnational Protests and the Media (Peter Lang, 2011). Her research has appeared in Media, Culture & Society, International Journal of Communication, Journalism, Journalism Studies and Media International Australia. She has also worked as a journalist for leading Australian newspapers and magazines.
Brett Hutchins (PhD, University of Queensland) is Associate Professor and Co-Director of the Research Unit in Media Studies at Monash University. His most recent articles appear in Media, Culture & Society, Information, Communication & Society, International Journal of Communication and Journalism: Theory, Practice & Criticism. His books include Sport Beyond Television: The Internet, Digital Media and the Rise of Networked Media Sport (2012).