Our Newfound Connection with Nature

"With its endless supply of photographs and video clips, the media has become an intermediary with nearly unlimited control over our relationship with the environment. After the Valdez spill, images of suffocating otters broadcast on 60 Minutes moved millions of consumers to boycott Exxon. The tale of global warming is told through meditative shots of belching smokestacks against a menacing red sunset. In magazine after magazine, apocalyptic photos of fire, famine and flood transformed El Nino from a natural weather phenomenon to a preview of the apocalypse. The currency of our newfound connection with nature is not the hunter’s trophy but the camera’s image."

Dan Keane, from an essay on modern-day butterfly collecting, called "Butterflies, Beer Cans, and the "Peril Inherent," published in the Winter 2005 edition of ISLE (Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and Environment).

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