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Project TypeMQP
Submission date2009-04-29
  • Eric Rice Andresen, PW
  • URNE-project-042909-005136
    TitleRhetoric of Global Warming: Multimodal Arguments in Public and Scientific Contexts
  • Demetry, Chrysanthe, ME
  • Higgins, Lorraine D, HU
  • Availability unrestricted


    Public opinion about scientific issues guides behavior and policy decisions with local and global ramifications. This report analyzes techniques for communicating about scientific issues used in visual media aimed at two distinct audiences, scientific communities and the public. It compares their practices in samples from the current issue of global warming, using an article from the journal Nature as an example of scientific communication and the popular documentary An Inconvenient Truth as an example of public argumentation.

  • Rhetoric_of_Global_Warming.pdf

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