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Media Coverage of the Blue Economy in British Newspapers: Sea Blindness and Sustainable Development

Germond-Duret, CV and Germond, B (2022) Media Coverage of the Blue Economy in British Newspapers: Sea Blindness and Sustainable Development. The Geographical Journal. ISSN 0016-7398

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The wide acceptance and endorsement of the blue economy by public and private actors can be considered as a positive step toward the sustainable transition of coastal and marine environments. While particular attention needs to be paid to the potential risks posed by the perspective of economic gains resulting from marine exploitation, a large public support is also required to build a sustainable society. The mass media plays a critical role in communicating scientific advances and risks, shaping opinions, and fostering behavioural change. The article discusses the media coverage of the blue economy in British newspapers through a frame analysis. The analysis reveals that the blue economy is largely framed in terms of economic opportunities and weak sustainability, and treated in a very factual, non-critical way. Sea blindness enables to understand the lack of in-depth discussion about the blue economy and its framing as an overtly positive economic opportunity. The findings also suggest that the way the blue economy is represented proceeds from the dominant development discourse that has spread onto the marine space.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: 0406 Physical Geography and Environmental Geoscience, 0701 Agriculture, Land and Farm Management, 1604 Human Geography
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GC Oceanography
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GE Environmental Sciences
Divisions: Biological & Environmental Sciences (from Sep 19)
Publisher: Wiley
Date Deposited: 08 Feb 2022 09:45
Last Modified: 24 Feb 2022 12:45
DOI or ID number: 10.1111/geoj.12433
URI: https://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/16247
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