Climate Crisis and Communication: Reflections on Naomi Klein’s This Changes Everything

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Climate Crisis and Communication: Reflections on Naomi Klein’s This Changes Everything


  • Robert A. Hackett School of Communication, Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, Canada


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Abstract:  This commentary suggests that Naomi Klein’s influential book This changes everything: Capitalism vs. the climate, implicitly points to the influence of media institutions on societal response to the crisis, yet does not analyze them explicitly. Communication scholars could help fill that gap. Conversely however, Klein’s work suggests productive avenues for media researchers to explore, including a fresh take on the relationship between climate crisis, communication and capitalism as a system, and the potential for alternative media to challenge dominant cultural narratives.

Keywords:  alternative media; capitalism; climate crisis and media; journalism; media reform

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.17645/mac.v3i1.304


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