The new media narrative about Global Warming

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I’ve noticed a new narrative line being developed in the mainstream media towards climate change.

I’ve noticed a new narrative line being developed in the mainstream media towards climate change.

The problem with deniers and minimisers was always going to be the actual weather. At some stage people would start looking outside their window at the extreme weather conditions and know in their bones that there was something terribly wrong.

So now we have the shrug and adapt narrative from the media.

Don’t get angry at these guys for holding up meaningful change…

…don’t demand that oil companies who knew for decades that climate change was a huge problem should be sued…

Exxon and the Oil Industry Knew About Climate Change

#ExxonKnew about climate change for decades, yet fueled a colossal denial machine to block any meaningful action to confront it. Now, thousands of us are fighting back.

…don’t get furious at the media who have been so slow to attach the climate change we are seeing to individual weather events or who see ‘balance’ as allowing climate deniers to share the stage with peer reviewed scientists.

Oh no, now we all just have to accept this climate change and adapt to it without ever acknowledging the role the powerful and the rich had in stopping any change.

How convenient for all those who are to blame.

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3 Comments

  1. Marc says:

    The media narrative is about adapting and about emotional guilt off-loading. Buy fewer plastic bags, for instance, buy re-usable plastic bags, and you can feel like doing something for the planet and be a ‘greenie’ of sorts.

    They still drive their combustion engine driven cars everywhere every day, the bulk of the population, following the middle class model, and the poor do want to ‘keep up’ with the Jones’ also.

    If climate change would be addressed seriously, follow Greenpeace, but who wants to sacrifice a burn and waste lifestyle that is so comfortable and fed to the people’s brains by advertising industry working hard for the existing corporates and others?

    In the end, democracy will mean the brainwashed idiots will carry on as usual, until we drop off the cliff.

    https://www.greenpeace.org/archive-international/en/news/Blogs/makingwaves/the-tesla-dream/blog/56609/

    Nobody, except a few idealists, take real steps, the herd follows the same misleading pipers and their tunes, even NZ Greens are now total token gesture offerers and sell outs to the extreme.

    • Strypey says:

      “In the end, democracy will mean the brainwashed idiots will carry on as usual, until we drop off the cliff.”

      Democratically elected councils have set up large-scale recycling and composting systems to reduce waste to landfills. Which means a critical mass of ordinary people have demanded that they do, and made use of those systems where they are available. A democratically elected government has just canned a heap of white elephant roading projects and diverted the funding the rail and public transport development. There are countless examples like these.

      Dooming and glooming about how everyone else is “brainwashed”, is just a convenient excuse to avoid leading from the front, rather than waiting until a green practice is convenient and fashionable.

      “NZ Greens are now total token gesture offerers and sell outs to the extreme.”

      If you only look at the way they are presented in the state-corporate media, rather than reading their actual policy, and looking at how they vote in parliament, then sure. But then, who’s the one that’s “brainwashed”?

  2. Strypey says:

    Alistair Barry’s excellent documentary Hot Air is a good reminder of some of the people who are responsible for keeping climate change ignorance respectable at the parliamentary level. Perhaps we could call for a Royal Commission of Enquiry into climate change policy over the last 30 years, so that a clear chain or responsibility for that ignorance is formally put on the public record?