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“The Earth is news.” Line from Wendell Berry poem The Morning’s News
As I write this, we are just days away from Earth Day 2012. The annual celebration has become an increasingly more problematic one as global capitalism has co-opted much of the public celebrations and public opinion about how we avert a major ecological crisis.
This celebration of global capitalism as the only route to ecological sustainability is the primary message we get from US media. The role of the US media has been startling in its role as a cheerleader of greenwashing and green capitalism in numerous ways.
First, the US commercial media has played a significant role on how the public views climate change. The US media not only gives those who deny climate change equal time on the issue, they also have been reporting less on global warming in recent years.
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