Taking Spectacle Seriously: Wildlife Film and the Legacy of Natural History Display

@article{Louson2018TakingSS,
  title={Taking Spectacle Seriously: Wildlife Film and the Legacy of Natural History Display},
  author={Eleanor Louson},
  journal={Science in Context},
  year={2018},
  volume={31},
  pages={15 - 38}
}
Argument I argue through an analysis of spectacle that the relationship between wildlife documentary films’ entertainment and educational mandates is complex and co-constitutive. Accuracy-based criticism of wildlife films reveals assumptions of a deficit model of science communication and positions spectacle as an external commercial pressure influencing the genre. Using the Planet Earth (2006) series as a case study, I describe spectacle's prominence within the recent blue-chip renaissance in… Expand
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