Master’s Thesis

A serval standing in a road.
A serval (Leptailurus serval): a prominent species in the “Grasslands” episode of Planet Earth II. Serval (Leptailurus serval) by Bernard DUPONT. CC BY-SA 2.0

Below is a PDF of my master’s thesis: “Framings of nature in Planet Earth II and Wild SafariLIVE.”

For this thesis, I took two different examples of wildlife television – Planet Earth II and Wild SafariLIVE – and compared the messaging patterns (AKA media frames) within them. I then connected these frames, along with more general features of each program, to research from the social sciences to begin exploring which series might more effectively encourage pro-environmental attitudes and behaviors among viewers.

I concluded that while both programs have distinct advantages, the messaging patterns in Wild SafariLIVE might be more helpful.

However, due to their different formats, Planet Earth II and Wild SafariLIVE can work together to reach different audiences. This is good, and attests to the need for a wide range of wildlife programs that can resonate with diverse groups of people.

Here is my downloadable thesis:

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3 Thoughts

  1. Am intrigued as used to teach media studies but can’t get it to download. Will have to have a go on laptop not iPad! I’ve been thinking about the ‘ male gaze’ and wildlife. Perhaps it’s the human gaze?

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    1. I’m sorry you’re having trouble with the download! I tried it out, and it’s working on my end. Once you click on the link, it’ll take you to a separate page with the thesis. From there you have to hover your mouse in the top-right corner of the page, and a download option will appear next to a print icon.

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