Mediated Spectacular Nature: "God-centered" and "Nature-centered" Consumption of a Genre

In this article, the author considers the meaningful way people are using what he calls "mediated spectacular nature." This term loosely represents the expanding collection of TV shows, movies, magazines, and Web sites devoted to representing information and stories about the natural world...

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Published in:Journal of media and religion
Main Author: Champ, Joseph G.
Format: Electronic Article
Language:English
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Published: Routledge, Taylor and Francis Group [2009]
In:Journal of media and religion
Year: 2009, Volume: 8, Issue: 4, Pages: 226-241
Online Access: Volltext (Resolving-System)
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Summary:In this article, the author considers the meaningful way people are using what he calls "mediated spectacular nature." This term loosely represents the expanding collection of TV shows, movies, magazines, and Web sites devoted to representing information and stories about the natural world, particularly wildlife. Critics have questioned the informational and ideological authenticity of mediated spectacular nature. Utilizing open-ended qualitative interviews, the author found people who are using these sorts of texts in ways that ground them in a popular religious sense. The author makes the case that mediated spectacular nature may function to serve seemingly opposing "God-centered" and "Nature-centered" worldviews. This supports the idea of an ever-evolving intersection of media, religion, and nature.
ISSN:1534-8415
Contains:Enthalten in: Journal of media and religion
Persistent identifiers:DOI: 10.1080/15348420903305000