Tar Wars: Oil, Environment & Alberta's Image

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Item#: 9781772121407
Author Takach, Geo
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Tar Wars offers a critical inside look at how leading image-makers negotiate escalating tensions between continuous economic growth mandated by a globalized economic system and its unsustainable environmental costs. As place
anding assumes paramount importance in an increasingly global, visual, and ecologically conscious society, an international battle unfolds over Alberta’s bituminous sands. This battle pits independent documentary filmmakers against professional communicators employed by government and the oil industry. Tar Wars engages scholars and students in communications, film, environmental studies, social psychology, PR, media and cultural studies, and petrocultures. This book also speaks to decision makers, activists, and citizens exploring intersections of energy, environment, culture, politics, economy, media and power.

Short Description
Documentary filmmakers and PR professionals exemplify Alberta’s internationally escalating clash between environment and economy.

Table of Contents
Acknowledgements xi 1 | The Problem of the Sands 1 2 | Four Foundational Principles 17 3 | Images and Frames of Alberta 29 4 | Positioning and Contesting Alberta 43 5 | Visually Redefining Alberta 127 6 | Implications 149 Notes 167 References 193 Index 225