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The Media Commons: Globalization and Environmental Discourses

Patrick D. Murphy


Today's global media sustains a potent new environmental consciousness. Paradoxically, it also serves as a far-reaching platform that promotes the unsustainable consumption ravaging our planet. Patrick Murphy musters theory, institutional analysis, fieldwork, and empirical research to map how the media communicates today's many distinct, competing, and even antagonistic environmental discourses, demonstrating how the media pushes us to save the whales even as we are encouraged to devour all the fish. By examining this paradox through case studies of the “greening” of cable TV, online corporate ... More

Keywords: agency, Anthropocene, climate change, the commons, consumerism, democratic problem solving, discourse analysis, environmentalism, environmental consciousness, globalization, global media studies, Global South, growth, green lifestyles, media culture, media institutions, networked society, social media, public sphere

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780252041037
Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: September 2017 DOI:10.5406/illinois/9780252041037.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Patrick D. Murphy, author
Temple University