Media, Environment and the Network Society

Hardcover | October 7, 2014

byAlison G. Anderson

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Media, Environment and the Network Society provides a timely and far-reaching analysis of the shifting role of the media in covering some of the most important global environmental challenges we face today. Anderson examines the influential theory of 'network society' and discusses its significance for understanding the nature of contemporary environmental activism and the media politics of the environment. She argues that the success of an environmental campaign cannot be judged by media visibility alone. Among the key questions the book seeks to address are: What factors trigger particular environmental stories to make their way into the headlines while others are ignored? How do issue attention cycles operate? And how do some actors seek to keep issues off the agenda? The chapters focus specifically on climate change, the Deepwater Horizon oil disaster and emerging technologies such as synthetic biology and nanotechnology.

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Media, Environment and the Network Society provides a timely and far-reaching analysis of the shifting role of the media in covering some of the most important global environmental challenges we face today. Anderson examines the influential theory of 'network society' and discusses its significance for understanding the nature of conte...

Alison G. Anderson is Professor of Sociology and Director of the Centre for Culture, Community and Society at the University of Plymouth, UK. She is Editor of Environmental Communication. Her previous books include Media, Culture and the Environment (1997) and Nanotechnology, Risk and Communication (2009) with Alan Petersen, Clare Wil...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:216 pages, 8.84 × 5.41 × 0.83 inPublished:October 7, 2014Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0230217613

ISBN - 13:9780230217614

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
1. Introduction
2. Environmental Risks, Protest and the Network Society
3. News Agendas, Framing Contests and Power
4. The Climate Change Controversy
5. Oils Spills and Crisis Communication
6. Emerging Technologies
7. Future Directions
Bibliography

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'Media, Environment and the Network Society is a much-needed rethinking by one of the field's leading scholars of many of our assumptions about media and environmental activism. Anderson's conceptually-smart analysis takes us well beyond activists' quest for access or visibility to the rapidly changing and complex terrain of global media politics — including digital media — in a networked world.' - Robert Cox, Professor Emeritus, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, USA   'A skilful guide through the rapidly-changing media landscape in which environment communication now takes place and through the new scholarship that has accompanied it. Anderson writes with the clarity of a good journalist and the rigour of a good academic.' - James Painter, Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism, University of Oxford, UK 'Anderson expertly navigates the complex terrain of media, environment, politics and power. As one of the founders of this academic field, she provides a nuanced and rich account of how environmental issues are constructed and contested across a range of media platforms and social actors, including NGOs, businesses, citizens and celebrities. In placing emphasis on the power dynamics of online and offline media and activism in particular, Anderson lends us critical insight into the contemporary formations of the mediatised politics of the environment.' - Julie Doyle, Media and Communication Studies, University of Brighton, UK