The Environment in the Age of the Internet: Activists, Communication, and the Digital Landscape - cover image

Copyright

Heike Graf

Published On

2016-07-18

ISBN

Paperback978-1-78374-243-1
Hardback978-1-78374-244-8
PDF978-1-78374-245-5
HTML978-1-80064-515-8
XML978-1-78374-629-3
EPUB978-1-78374-246-2
MOBI978-1-78374-247-9

Language

  • English

Print Length

192 pages (xiv + 178)

Dimensions

Paperback156 x 10 x 234 mm(6.14" x 0.41" x 9.21")
Hardback156 x 13 x 234 mm(6.14" x 0.5" x 9.21")

Weight

Paperback619g (21.83oz)
Hardback996g (35.13oz)

Media

Illustrations16

OCLC Number

953734585

LCCN

2019452722

BIC

  • RN
  • JFD
  • UD

BISAC

  • NAT010000
  • COM079000
  • SOC000000

LCC

  • P96.E57

Keywords

  • Environment
  • Internet
  • ecology
  • communication
  • media studies
  • blogs
  • ecological activism
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The Environment in the Age of the Internet

Activists, Communication, and the Digital Landscape

  • Heike Graf (editor)
How do we talk about the environment? Does this communication reveal and construct meaning? Is the environment expressed and foregrounded in the new landscape of digital media?

The Environment in the Age of the Internet is an interdisciplinary collection that draws together research and answers from media and communication studies, social sciences, modern history, and folklore studies. Edited by Heike Graf, its focus is on the communicative approaches taken by different groups to ecological issues, shedding light on how these groups tell their distinctive stories of "the environment". This book draws on case studies from around the world and focuses on activists of radically different kinds: protestors against pulp mills in South America, resistance to mining in the Sámi region of Sweden, the struggles of indigenous peoples from the Arctic to the Amazon, gardening bloggers in northern Europe, and neo-Nazi environmentalists in Germany. Each case is examined in relation to its multifaceted media coverage, mainstream and digital, professional and amateur.

Stories are told within a context; examining the "what" and "how" of these environmental stories demonstrates how contexts determine communication, and how communication raises and shapes awareness. These issues have never been more urgent, this work never more timely. The Environment in the Age of the Internet is essential reading for everyone interested in how humans relate to their environment in the digital age.

Table of Contents

Notes on Contributors

Foreword

1. Introduction by Heike Graf

Resonance in News Media

About this Volume

References

2. The Environment in Disguise: Insurgency and Digital Media in the Southern Cone by Virginia Melián

Background

Digital Media and Protest

The Study

Camouflaged Arguments

User-Generated Content and Mainstream Media

Networking beyond the Digital

Mobile Personal Engagement

Opportunities for Public Debate

Civic Engagement and Media Practice

Conclusion

References

3. Exploitation or Preservation? Your Choice! Digital Modes of Expressing Perceptions of Nature and the Land by Coppélie Cocq

Mining Boom, Land Rights, and Perceptions of the Environment

YouTube: A Channel for Environmental Activism

Contesting Narratives

Media Logic

Polarisation or Zone of Contact

Conclusions

References

4. Natural Ecology Meets Media Ecology: Indigenous Climate Change Activists’ Views on Nature and Media by Anna Roosvall and Matthew Tegelberg

Introduction

Defining Traditional Ecological Knowledge

Defining Media Ecology

Method and Material

Analysis

Conclusions

References

5. The Culture of Nature: The Environmental Communication of Gardening Bloggers by Heike Graf

Garden Blogs

Environmental Communication from a Systems-Theoretical Perspective

Difference-Theoretical Approach

The Role of Topics

Ecology and Gardening in the Mainstream Media

The Topics of Gardening Blogs

Consumption: Developing/Refusing a ‘Buyosphere’

Production: Developing Green Gardening

Conclusions

References

6. The Militant Media of Neo-Nazi Environmentalism by Madeleine Hurd and Steffen Werther

NPD Media: Party Websites

Emotions

The NPD and the Environment

The Neo-Nazi World of Umwelt & Aktiv

Nature-Oriented Action: A Cure for National Ills

Women, Youth, and Germanic Nature: From Umwelt to Aktion

References

Index


Contributors

Heike Graf

(editor)
Associate Professor of Media and Communication Studies at Södertörn University