Media And Culture

In his book, Cultural Citizenship, Toby Miller investigates the obsession that can be created by the weather for some of the population. He also analyzes sponsors for such programs and networks.

There have been numerous films touching on the subject of global warming, including The Day after Tomorrow, and State of Fear. The film Waterworld told the story of a flood that suddenly engulfed many countries. In 2006, a film titled The Great Global Warming Swindle, by Martin Durkin, challenged Al Gore's influential documentary, An Inconvenient Truth.

Books about global warming have been written especially for children. These books are not only tools for environmental education, but they demonstrate to the youngest readers that the idea of global warming is present. More than one generation of children have been taught about climate change and global warming in schools, and therefore echo these debates in their families and circles of friends. Many museums, not only those dedicated to science, organize exhibitions related to climate change and global warming.

The growing presence of news, debates, and narratives about climate change and global warming confirm that these issues are part of our culture, and are an element in every sphere of society, not only of importance in scientific research, or solely in the Arctic. These issues are debated by nonscientists, like politicians, citizens, environmental groups (such as Greenpeace), other nongovernmental organizations, and in the media.

SEE ALSO: An Inconvenient Truth; Climate Change, Effects; Education; Needs and Wants; Media, Books and Journals; Media, TV; Population; Transportation; Weather.

BIBLIOGRApHY. Alison Anderson, Media, Culture and the Environment (Communications, Media and Culture Series) (Rutgers University Press, 1997); Nestor Garcia Canclini, et al., Consumers and Citizens: Globalization and Multicultural Conflicts (University of Minnesota Press, 2001); David Ingram, Green Screen: Environmentalism and Hollywood Cinema (Representing American Culture) (University of Exeter Press, 2004); Toby Miller, Cultural Citizenship: Cosmopolitanism, Consumerism, and Television in a Neoliberal Age (Temple University Press, 2007); Mary E. Pettenger, ed., The Social Construction of Climate Change, Global Environmental Governance (Ashgate, 2007); George Yudice, The Expediency of Culture: Uses of Culture in the Global Era (Post-Contemporary Interventions) (Duke University Press, 2003);

Yves Laberge Université Laval

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