Where Technology Goes to Die: Representations of ElectronicWaste in Global Television News
2017 (English)In: Environmental Communication: A Journal of Nature and Culture, ISSN 1752-4032, E-ISSN 1752-4040, Vol. 11, no 2, 263-275 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
This article analyzes how electronic waste (e-waste) gets represented in television news stories. The main objective is to present a perspective on how a “low-frequency” emergency (i.e. a lengthy and ongoing state of environmental emergency) is presented as a newsworthy issue. Drawing on literature on televised “distant suffering,” the article engages in a multimodal text analysis of four newsstories about e-waste. The findings show how on-location reports from e-waste dumping sites make use of sublime imagery in the visual representations; how e-waste dumping sites are presented as strange spaces, with no clear and comprehensible history; and finally, that the representations suggest an ambivalence and uncertainty when it comes to agency (who is responsible and what can be done?). The article ends with a discussion of the implications of this mode of representation and its effectiveness in eliciting an appropriate response to the harms caused by e-waste. © 2016 Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Philadelphia: Routledge, 2017. Vol. 11, no 2, 263-275 p.
Distant suffering, electronic waste, representation, television news
Media and Communications
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:hh:diva-32151DOI: 10.1080/17524032.2016.1233127ScopusID: 2-s2.0-84990185997OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hh-32151DiVA: diva2:1033396