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Green Media and Popular Culture

An Introduction

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This comprehensive survey of green media and popular culture introduces the reader to the key debates and theories surrounding green interpretations of popular film, television and journalism, as well as comedy, music,...

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This comprehensive survey of green media and popular culture introduces the reader to the key debates and theories surrounding green interpretations of popular film, television and journalism, as well as comedy, music, animation, and computer games. With stimulating and original case studies on U2, Björk, the animated films of Disney, the computer game Journey, and more, this engaging text reveals the complicated and often contradictory relationship between the media and environmentalism. Examining the ways in which green media can influence the public's awareness of environmental issues, this innovative textbook is a critical starting point for students of Media, Film and Cultural Studies, and anyone else researching and studying in the rapidly growing field of green media and cultural studies. 

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  • Foregrounds the main debates, theories and case-studies to have emerged so far in green media and cultural studies, acting as a valuable source-book for students and scholars alike
  • Critiques media texts in the context of environmental issues
  • Outlines the contradictions between environmental content and the circuits through which it is disseminated
  • Identifies ways in which the media can advance progress and cause positive environmental change
  • Highlights some of the key methods of communication and rhetoric by which popular culture translates ecological philosophies and principles into forms that engage the audience and make these ideas meaningful to their lives
  • Includes sections and chapters on several rarely considered areas of green popular culture, such as computer games, popular music, art film, comedy and green websites

Foreword.- 1. Embracing Contradiction: Green Popular Culture.- PART I: CONTRADICTION 2. Global and Eco-Cosmopolitan Film: 'Muddled Middles'.- 3. Green Television: Telling Tales.- 4. Green Journalism and Green Cultures.- PART II: ELASTICITY 5. Green Comedy: The Importance of Being Elastic.- 6. Popular Music: Reconnecting with the Environment.- 7. 'Eco-Cinema': Art Film and Documentary.- 8. Green Computer Games: To Play is to Inhabit.- 9. The 'Hope' of Green Animation.- Afterword.


“The book thus offers a corrective to certain outdated tendencies of ecocriticism and environmental activism, especially the idealisation of ‘pure’ nature. … Green Media and Popular Culture is a valuable resource for anyone interested in the recent past or possible futures of ecocriticism and the environmental humanities.” (Nicole Seymour, Green Letters. Vol. 20 (3), 2016)
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John Parham is Principal Lecturer in Media and Cultural Studies at the University of Worcester, UK and Associate Head (Research) in the Institute of Humanities and Creative Arts. He is co-editor of the journal Green Letters: Studies in Ecocriticism and his research focuses on the connections between popular culture, literature and ecology.

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John Parham is Principal Lecturer in Media and Cultural Studies at the University of Worcester, UK and Associate Head (Research) in the Institute of Humanities and Creative Arts. He is co-editor of the journal Green Letters: Studies in Ecocriticism and his research focuses on the connections between popular culture, literature and ecology.

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