Word Salad: ““Anthropocene” Is A Dangerous Generalisation Which Ignores White Male Colonial Capitalist Guilt For Global Warming” Or Something”

Remember, this is all about science, not politics (via Watts Up With That?)

The language of climate change—and the Anthropocene

Hanna E. Morris, a doctoral student at the Annenberg School for Communication who researches environmental communication, explains the sudden rise of ‘Anthropocene’ as the latest buzzword in the climate dialogue.

Climate change, global warming, climate crisis—the operative term for the most pressing global issue seems to change by the year.

It’s how we discuss climate change that intrigues Hanna Morris, a doctoral student at the Annenberg School for Communication, who will soon present a new paper that assesses climate news frames at the annual International Association for Media and Communication Research (IAMCR) conference this July in Madrid, Spain. She tackles the rise of the term “Anthropocene” in climate news, which can be summarized as a relatively new word that is meant to mark the beginning of a new epoch defined by human-caused environmental change.

In the paper, Morris argues that the word not only misinterprets the actual share of blame—the oversimplified notion that humans are all equally responsible for climate change—but ties up the problem in a neat, media-friendly bow.

“By eliminating differences,” she writes in the paper, “histories of colonial violence, and the disproportionate burden of environmental harm felt by Indigenous people is neutralized and therefore evaded. The idea of the Anthropocene therefore validates ‘planetary scale’ projects designed by white male capitalists working from an unaddressed imperial logic.”

Colonialism and capitalism, she argues, drove climate change, and are now deciding how to frame who is responsible for it, who is most affected, how it will be solved, and how we should collectively feel about it. (snip)

“So, by saying that we all are to blame and that we all are equally experiencing climate change in a new epoch is a dangerous generalization that wipes away historical context. I worry that European and North American powers are once again perpetuating imperial violence and harm through the idea of the Anthropocene. And I explore this problem across the United States news media in my most recent paper.”

Bernie Sanders was complaining the other day about college costing too much and leaving kids with lots of debt. Maybe they wouldn’t have debt if they weren’t taught the idiocy above, leaving them in position to get a decent job.

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17 Responses to “Word Salad: ““Anthropocene” Is A Dangerous Generalisation Which Ignores White Male Colonial Capitalist Guilt For Global Warming” Or Something””

  1. Kye says:

    If we’re gonna invent new and derogatory words for people I’d like to suggest “climatrix” for idiots like Hanna E. Morris who apparently attains heightened orgasms thinking about phony climate change.

  2. StillAlive says:

    Colonialism and capitalism, she argues, drove climate change, and are now deciding how to frame who is responsible for it, who is most affected, how it will be solved, and how we should collectively feel about it.

    The assumed close. BS. Capitalism and colonialism had nothing to do with the WEATHER CHANGING. They are using this assumption in everything they say and do to try and influence and drive the narrative. Same with SJW. It is now assumed white men are evil. It is now assumed that the climate is changing as a result of CO2.

    LIES. AGW is a scam.

  3. Liljeffyatemypuppy says:

    Anthropocene = Blackface

    https://www.thepiratescove.us/wp-content/plugins/wp-monalisa/icons/wpml_cool.gif

  4. StillAlive says:

    The crap is coming so fast AGAINST AGW that one can’t keep up.

    Anyone heard of or remember ClimateGATE TWO.OHHHHHHHHHH!

    A whistle blower at NOAA went to congress and said look guys those guys are falsifying data sets to make it look like its warming DRAMATICALLY.

    Congress said NOAA let us see your DATA.

    NOAA SAID not only NO but HELL NO….I mean no ones had a problem until now. No one internally has complained. Well what about our whistleblower…oh hes just a disgruntled employee who has received numerous awards from us and has worked for NOAA like 40 years and Has PHD IN CLIMATE science.

    Congress give us you data.

    NOAA oh sorry some how miraculously the computer that held that data was severely corrupted and we lost all the data.

    But BELIEVE US WHEN WE TELL YOU ITS WARMING.

    AGW IS A LIE. A SCAM. 100’s bigger than the ozone layer which was able to slip past a terrified public because their was no internet, no digital world and not a billion reporters looking for the TRUTH instead of being SPOON FED PROPAGANDA.

  5. Elwood P. Dowd says:

    StillAlive: AGW IS A LIE. A SCAM.

    Yell louder. The ice sheets of Greenland and Antarctica didn’t get the message. Neither did the polar vortex. Nor all the migrants heading north into NA and Europe.

    • Jl says:

      That’s funny-could this be the first time things have happened to ice sheets and the polar vortex? Uh, no. As said, in the 70s the “polar vortex” was blamed on the settled science of global cooling.

  6. Zachriel says:

    Word Salad

    It’s not word salad. You may disagree (as we do), but the point is quite coherent.

    StillAlive: Congress said NOAA let us see your DATA. NOAA SAID not only NO but HELL NO

    That’s false. NOAA refused to provide internal communications, which are generally kept confidential to promote frank discourse among scientists. The data which was the basis of the study at issue was provided. Karl et al., Possible artifacts of data biases in the recent global surface warming hiatus, Science 2015.

    StillAlive: AGW IS A LIE. A SCAM.

    Actually, anthropogenic global warming is strongly supported by the scientific evidence.

  7. Kye says:

    Actually, anthropogenic global warming is strongly supported by the scientific evidence.

    Actually, it’s not. AGW is supported by political hacks, phony “scientists”, uncorroborated “models” and of course leftists worldwide. But scientific evidence, not so much.

    Hey! WE.DON’T.BELIEVE.YOU!

  8. Elwood P. Dowd says:

    Kye: Hey! WE.DON’T.BELIEVE.YOU!

    Hey! ON.THIS.ISSUE.YOU.ARE.WRONG!

  9. Dana says:

    If only us wicked White Cisheteronormative Christianist (and Joooooish) Patriarchists™ had just kept all of our technological advances to ourselves, and let the more backward nations continue along in their subsistence lifestyles, we wouldn’t have to worry about global warming climate change.

    The “third world” people would still be ravaged by disease and dying at 38, but hey, they wouldn’t be Our Subjects, right?

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