Communication, Media & Politics in the Anthropocene

Shifting Ideas, Shifting Opinion, Shifting Policy
Public Intellectuals
"Theory of Everything" Debunks Myths About Hawking

“Theory of Everything” Debunks Myths About Hawking

By Declan Fahy, American University Early in The Theory of Everything, the student Stephen Hawking strides across the grounds at Cambridge University in the 1960s, his face dreamy. He is lost in thought about the nature of time. Then he trips and smacks his head on the concrete, cracking his glasses and bruising his face....
Naomi Klein or Al Gore? Making Sense of Contrasting Views on Climate Change

Naomi Klein or Al Gore? Making Sense of Contrasting Views on Climate Change

Credit: United Nations. Reposted from The Conversation. Earth is “fucked” and our insatiable growth economy is to blame. So argues Naomi Klein in her intentionally provocative best-seller This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate. Klein is the latest among an influential network of like-minded authors who have declared that modern society is at war with nature...
Disruptive Ideas: Public Intellectuals and their Arguments for Action on Climate Change

Disruptive Ideas: Public Intellectuals and their Arguments for Action on Climate Change

In a new open-access paper, I examine the impact of public intellectuals arguing for action in the climate debate, noting key differences across different major discourses and schools of thought (summarized in table above.) Here is the citation and abstract: Nisbet, M.C. (2014). Disruptive Ideas: Public Intellectuals and their Arguments for Action on Climate Change. Wiley...

BC Canada’s The Tyee Magazine on Bill McKibben and Building a Broader Climate Movement

At The Tyee this week, a terrific non-profit online magazine covering news, culture and solutions as they relate to British Columbia and beyond, Geoff Dembicki profiles Bill McKibben and his work as a co-founder and leader of 350.org.  In doing so, Dembicki draws on and addresses several themes that I explored in my Spring 2013...