Academic journal article Journalism History

Mass Media and Environmental Conflict: America's Green Crusades

Academic journal article Journalism History

Mass Media and Environmental Conflict: America's Green Crusades

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Neuzil, Mark and Kovarik, William. Mass Media and Environmental Conflict: America's Green Crusades. Beverly Hills, Calif.: Sage Publications. 243 pp. $21.95.

Throughout history the environmental movement in the United States has been represented by various factions: power groups, the mass media, environmentalists, and the government. All have been involved in one of the most important social movements of the twentieth century.

Mass Media and Environmental Conflict: America's Green Crusades is a book about the function of the mass media in the environmental conflict before the 1960s. The authors have explored the role of the media in the environmental movement before television and have documented how the two interacted to influence change.

Neuzil and Kovarik take the position that the function of the mass media helps to affect social change, and they trace environmental conflicts by using a series of case studies. They investigate both the mainstream and the special media and their influence in environmental history by examining newspapers, books, magazine articles and other media and how they have contributed to environmental understanding and social change. The battle over public land, wild animals, air pollution, hazardous chemicals and unsafe working conditions are addressed.

Each chapter features an environmental concern and is represented by articles from the period. The topics include the redefinition of hunting and species depletion; the Radium girls and their lawsuit; land conservation in Alaska, Yosemite, Yellowstone and other national parks; Hetch Hetchy and the first large dam controversy; the ethyl leaded gasoline controversy in the 1920s; and air pollution in major U. …

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