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Greta Thunberg in Canada: climate activism, mediated imagery, and public sphere

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Greta Thunberg, media, imagery, public sphere, climate change, activism, propaganda

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The significance of the ongoing climate debates is characterized by discursive media representations that disseminate mediated constructs of images and ideas to the public sphere. By analysing the recent accounts of Greta Thunberg’s visit to Edmonton, Alberta, this research paper examines the effect of media representations in forming public opinion. It argues that celebrating the emergence of a new Thunberg-era climate discourse through mediated images has reinforced political, cultural, and economic scepticisms that led to repercussions in the form of agitations in the democratic process. Exposure to discourses in the form of activism, counter-activism, and propaganda has had an impact on the oil-based economy of Canada, especially in the results of the 2019 federal election. Through the focused visualization of mediated imagery, these discourses can play an agenda-setting role in shaping public opinion, even in the presence of a refeudalized public sphere.

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Thomas, R., Raj, S. J., & Suresh, A. K. (2022). Greta Thunberg in Canada: Climate activism, mediated imagery, and public sphere. Indian Journal of Politics and International Relations 15(1), 33-47.



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