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Species of the month: Anti-whaling, mediated visibility, and the news


Lester, EA, Species of the month: Anti-whaling, mediated visibility, and the news, Environmental Communication, 5, (1) pp. 124-139. ISSN 1752-4040 (2011) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1080/17524032.2010.542768


Paul Watson, founder of the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society and captain of anti-whaling ship the Steve Irwin, has emerged as one of the world's most visible environmental protesters. This essay, based in part on a long interview with Watson in Australia in 2009, analyzes his mediated visibility and thus capacity to participate in public debate by isolating various components of his strategic activities under four themes: mediated protest, symbolic power, media practices, and celebrity. It argues that Watson's visibility involves a complex flow of information and meanings across various 'old' and 'new' media form, but remains reliant on news media. Thus, despite his generally astute media practices and strategies, Watson's visibility is contingent on a set of professional practices and logics unlikely to provide sustained news access or long-tem legitimacy to a political 'outsider.'

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Language, Communication and Culture
Research Group:Communication and media studies
Research Field:Journalism studies
Objective Division:Culture and Society
Objective Group:Communication
Objective Field:The media
UTAS Author:Lester, EA (Professor Libby Lester)
ID Code:68907
Year Published:2011
Deposited By:English, Journalism and European Languages
Deposited On:2011-04-01
Last Modified:2018-02-17

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