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ERIC Number: EJ1169510
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2018
Pages: 10
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1533-015X
Activist or Terrorist? Negotiating Discourses of Eco-Terror in "If a Tree Falls"
Olson, Jade
Applied Environmental Education and Communication, v17 n1 p57-66 2018
Environmentalist voices like the Earth Liberation Front have been labeled "eco-terrorists." The 2011 documentary film "If a Tree Falls" explores how "eco-terrorism" troubles the unstable border between activism and terrorism. This essay offers a textual analysis of the film's negotiation of the activism/terrorism dichotomy, arguing that it both destabilizes and reifies dominant paradigms for understanding eco-revolutionary activism as environmental communication. I suggest that the film cultivates for its audiences a space of critical engagement with the complexities of such activist practices in the age of terror anxiety, contributing welcome nuance to the public conversation about radicalization in environmental activism.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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