Archive for the ‘Social Climate’ Category

Mr. Suzuki, it’s evolution not revolution

Please Mr. Suzuki, promote evolution not revolution. In a recent article written for straight.com,  Canadian celebrity environmentalist David Suzuki suggested that electric cars won’t be enough to curb unsustainable carbon emissions caused by transportation, “Technological developments [such as electric cars etc.] are welcome, but maybe it’s time we started rethinking our car culture as whole. [...]

The Problem with the current era of popular environmentalism: A micro and macro critique – Part 1

Micro:  Why pop-environmentalists need to take their hands out of the cookie jar As 2010 begins to wind down, the “green” movement has reached a critical stage of maturity.  From diet alterations to concerns over one’s ecological footprint,  the Western world has entered what seems to be- at least on the surface- a popularized and [...]

IBM and its tired solutions

Well I hope that everyone out there had a relaxing and rejuvenating holiday. For me it was a good time to recharge the batteries and get some reading in (the new superfreakonomics was great!!) But one thing that irked me over the holiday break was the ‘smarter resources’ commercial, the newest installment of IBM’s ‘smarter [...]

Bobby D and the UN

Bob Dylan has star billing at the climate change summit in Copenhagen… or at least, his music does. The United Nations has adopted one of his songs, A Hard Rain’s A Gonna Fall, as its unofficial anthem for the talks. This is a song best known for channelling the fears of a generation living under [...]

Geo-Engineering: China’s Game Opening Volley

[digg=http://digg.com/environment/Geo_Engineering_China_Opens_the_Games] Join Jo Ferguson In the Near-Future Explore your options at: EnVIRONAUTS.ca Christmas came in early in China this year, as the whole world witnessed the well covered results of China’s efforts to Geo-Engineer it’s way out of the effects of drought…which to the better informed might actually be the effects of Climate Change,  industrial [...]

PR Values: Remembering the Brave

[digg=http://digg.com/environment/PR_Values_Remembering_the_Brave] In our look at the Social Climate, it has become increasingly clear that unless the Mainstream Media can radically change the way it gathers, presents, and distributes its environmental news and socio-politically relevant information, that we might well need to increasingly turn to alternate (more independent) mediums and channels in order to form and [...]

Brazilian blackout: A reason for the smart grid?

If you haven’t heard yet, a massive blackout Tuesday night plundered much of Brazil into darkness. The blackout began around 10:15 pm on Tuesday night and lasted in some areas till about 2:45 am Wednesday morning. The blackout also effected Paraguay but on a much smaller scale with power being restored after about 15 minutes. [...]

Do we need a smart grid?

Smart grids whats the deal? Endless surveys suggest that consumers would embrace them enthusiastically. Barack Obama is a big fan: he rated them as one of the highlights of America’s stimulus bill, which lavished $3.9 billion on them. Businesses, not to be out done, are investing with at an alarming rate. No one, it seems, [...]

Social Climate: Alternative Media (P-I)

[digg=http://digg.com/environment/Social_Climate_Alternative_Media_Part_I] Aside from a few notable exceptions, it’s becoming increasingly apparent that most of the Mainstream Media won’t be directly involved in actually MAKING any environmental news by at least driving any progressive or new Public Opinions. Fair enough, becauseas we’ve already discussed, It’s not really their job to upset Advertisers much less rail against [...]

Social Climate: Mediating Mob Mentalities (2 of 2)

[digg=http://digg.com/environment/Social_Climate_Mediating_Mob_Mentalities_P2] In a previous examination of the “Social Climate”, we briefly looked at the Mainstream Media’s well established role as a multi-faceted driver of Public Opinion. From here on in we’ll simply presume upon its more or less  overt roles in generating public and social ‘change’ in its representations of Public perceptions, and thus the [...]

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