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Watching Wildlife 1st Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0816645473
ISBN-10: 0816645477
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Television networks are devoted to animals (Animal Planet) or show nature documentaries on a routine basis (Discovery Channel, National Geographic Channel), and mention of knowledge gained from wildlife programming often turns up in the scripts of movies and television shows. Chris, a professor of media culture, examines how nature programming became ubiquitous, and why it is so popular, in this thorough analysis. She follows the history of wildlife documentaries, starting with the silent film era and the films of Martin and Osa Johnson. Disney followed with True Life Adventures, and Mutual of Omaha's Wild Kingdom was immensely popular during the same era. The nature documentaries sponsored by the BBC and National Geographic were mainstays of early public television, and their proliferation has given rise to the all-animal channels on today's cable TV. Along the way, Chris analyzes the content of these productions, discovering implicit nods to gender and racial stereotyping, an obsession with sexuality, and outright sensationalism. Although the writing style is academic, the subject matter will be of interest to all readers who love animals. Nancy Bent
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About the Author

Cynthia Chris is assistant professor of media culture at the City University of New York's College of Staten Island, and author of "Watching Wildlife".

Anthony Freitas works as a media relations consultant for non-profit organizations in San Francisco.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 296 pages
  • Publisher: Univ Of Minnesota Press; 1 edition (March 14, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0816645477
  • ISBN-13: 978-0816645473
  • Product Dimensions: 5.9 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,757,021 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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There's been a nearly overwhelming amount of televised wildlife programming which has captured the hearts of American viewers, resulting in an equal number of wildlife and science titles for general interest readers - but it's important to note that until WATCHING WILDLIFE, little has been written about the connection between reality-based animal wildlife programming and viewer interests. In reality the images are selected, edited, and revised according to underlying social and cultural concepts: WATCHING WILDLIFE identifies these interpretations and traces the history of wildlife genre programming. A pick for either nature or film studies collections.

Diane C. Donovan

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