Two things of interest to us this week regarding climate change and the ongoing battles surrounding climate change waged through the media (and elsewhere).
In ARTS2090 I mentioned the Michael Mann “hockey stick” visualization of climate change (links in the climate change section of the week 9 lectures notes for ARTS2090). This statement signed by prominent scientists is in part a response to the continuing harassment of Michael Mann (more here). Here are some comments about this the scientists’ letter.
Meanwhile, in MDCM3000 we’ve been talking about persuasion and via media campaigns. Here is an interesting piece of what is called détournement …. Greenwashing … a very sophisticated use of persuasive techniques in order to undermine the effectiveness of others.