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How mass media moved environmentalism from the political to the personal.


What happened over time is the message of individual responsibility became amplified, became what was most extracted from the environmental movement. And this is what we often see in mainstream coverage of the movement.

Historian Finis Dunaway explains how visual culture has shaped the modern environmental movement – from corporate takeovers of activism to emphasizing immediate spectacle over a focus on humanity’s slow violence against the Earth.

Finis is author of the new book Seeing Green: The Use and Abuse of American Environmental Images which is sort of hard to explain in a headline, but a really important work.

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Finis Dunaway

Finis Dunaway is an author and Associate Professor of History at Trent University.


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