Journalism practice, risk and humanitarian communication

what has happened with the news coverage of environmental news and in particular in relation to the way the reporting of the global warming threat has evolved in the past few years. The lessons from this particular news beat shows that it is possible to narrativise risk without creating moral panic while retaining the key rational elements that risk offers that make people change patterns of behaviour

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Sustainability in Kim Stanley Robinson’s Science in the Capital trilogy

, Strengloft suggests that ‘[y]ou need a diversity of opinions to get good advice’ (Robinson 2005: 156) – a statement that the administration’s actual practice belies. Strengloft’s appointment as the president’s scientific advisor reflects the administration’s desire to replace the previous advisor precisely to eliminate debate; his predecessor’s view is that ‘global warming might be real and not only that, amenable to human mitigations’ (Robinson 2005: 155). In response to Charlie’s assessment of the widespread agreement regarding climate change, Strengloft counters with

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‘smokescreen’ approaches which largely dismiss the Third Way, neo-Marxist and social democratic accounts contain a strand which accepts that the Third Way represents something new and significant, reflecting wider social and economic change. Neo-Marxist approaches of this sort concur with the smokescreen theorists that the Third Way is the product of global capitalist restructuring

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’ children by purchasing environmentally friendly products, or we might act against child labour practices in ‘distant’ nations by purchasing garments manufactured by particular companies. These practices raise several questions of a global humanitarianism for children. Can the intent to protect ‘our’ children extend to a more universalised impulse to protect ‘other’, more distant children? What are the limitations of

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Why anarchism still matters

twentyfirst century are somewhat limited. If anything, an era of global anarchism calls for a repositioning of the individual within these global flows and the need to respond to complex ethical and strategic problems which involves new formulations of classic divisions within anarchism, such as that of individual liberty versus collective responsibility. Themes and schemes of Changing anarchism The shifts within political cultures during the period which we are identifying as the era of global anarchism pose a number of questions regarding the weight 6 Introduction

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2002: 205). Indeed, increasing attention is being paid to relations between women’s group across national borders, focused GENDER STUDIES 67 on networks of women straddling North and South, and on the way in which cyber-technology is changing communications among and for women. Women are participating in struggles at the local/national as well as local/global levels (Parpart, Rai and Staudt 2002). Movements of citizens’ boycotts of particular transnational corporations or products, ecological struggles for the protection of bio-diversity, the indigenous peoples

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The restructuring of work in Germany

state-societies (Giddens, 1998). Gerhard Schröder’s apparent embracing of the individualism and ‘workfare’ (Jessop, 1994) strategy of Blair’s ‘Third Way’ in his ‘Neue Mitte’ concept may be read as indicative of an acceptance of the necessary restructuring imperatives of a global economy. Yet, when we explore the debate taking place within and outside German state-society it becomes clear that the representation of Germany as a rigid and inflexible political economy in need of radical restructuring is by no means uncontested. An effective counter to neo-liberal claims

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contrast, the case of the America’s Cup found that this sporting event is extremely unstable because the rules change with each cup and there is a constant search to find a globally appealing form. The chapter argued that in both these cases technology plays a role in facilitating stability. In the case of the Olympic Games, broadcasting technology ensures that a stable television event called the Olympic Games occurs, while in the America’s Cup broadcasting technology is employed in order to attempt to emulate this

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as a global phenomenon, climate change is invisible to the human senses. Climate change has various local impacts, but the extent to which any particular impact is related to climate change can only be discerned with climate science. Gore’s film addressed these challenges by combining personal stories from his life with scenes of him presenting a slide show and talking to audiences about climate science. In some respects, Pearce and Nerlich argue, An Inconvenient Truth goes beyond a traditional ‘deficit model’ of science communication, which sees the key barrier to

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From starving children to satirical saviours

, by audiences, for humanitarian communication to be continually changing if it is to ‘work’.  Satirical saviours Since 1985, Comic Relief has been producing telethons that include a juxtaposition of comedy performances alongside emotive pleas to help people living in poverty. Yet, the use of humour in the narratives of global poverty produced by NGOs has a much shorter history

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