Date of Award
Bachelor of Arts in Cultural Studies (BA)
Douglas Reichert Powell
This project uses critical discourse analysis to understand the relationship between U.S. news media coverage on natural disasters like Hurricane Irma and the ideological implications of that coverage. More specifically, in news media discourse, personification of natural disasters alienates humans from their actions, many of which are actively aiding in the advancement of anthropogenic climate change. By taking an in-depth look at how various factors come into play, like the humans vs. nature binary, the polarization of American politics around climate change, and various news media framings, the essay demonstrates that the personification of Irma is both the result of and reinforcement of climate change misrepresentation in news media. 47 pages.
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Dickens, Amy, "Misrepresenting Climate Change: Deconstructing New Media Discourse Through the Case Study of Hurricane Irma" (2018). Cultural Studies Capstone Papers. 29.