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Title: Framing Environmental Risks and Natural Disasters in Factual Entertainment Television
Authors: Campbell, Vincent Patrick
First Published: 2014
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Citation: Environmental Communication: A Journal of Nature and Culture, 2014, 8 (1)
Abstract: This article examines the framing of environmental risks and natural disasters in factual entertainment television programs of the early 2000s, a hybrid form combining techniques from documentary with techniques such as dramatic reconstructions and computer generated imagery from entertainment genres. Using qualitative frame analysis, the article examines a range of factual entertainment television programs’ framing of environmental risk and natural disasters in terms of their attitudes, representation of human participants, and visual composition. The article considers the similarities and differences in the framing of natural disasters as factual entertainment compared to the framing of natural disasters in news, documentary and fiction film. The article argues that such programs offer representational frames both consonant with and distinct from other media, and concludes that they problematically offer a predominantly fatalistic response to environmental risk, constructing natural disasters as voyeuristic spectacles for vicarious entertainment.
DOI Link: 10.1080/17524032.2013.848222
ISSN: 1752-4032
eISSN: 1752-4040
Version: Post-print
Status: Peer-reviewed
Type: Journal Article
Rights: © 2013, Taylor & Francis. Deposited with reference to the publisher’s archiving policy available on the SHERPA/RoMEO website. This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Environmental Communication on 21 Nov 2013, available online:
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