Framing the flood: a media analysis of themes of resilience in the 2011 Brisbane flood
  • 【摘要】

    In the wake of the flood that affected Brisbane, Australia, in January 2011, public attention turned to the causes of the event and lessons for minimizing the impacts of future floods.The news media w... 展开>>In the wake of the flood that affected Brisbane, Australia, in January 2011, public attention turned to the causes of the event and lessons for minimizing the impacts of future floods.The news media was an important vehicle for understanding and internalizing the 2011 Brisbane flood. Examining how the flood was framed in the media is, therefore, useful to understand broad public perception of floods.We undertook a systematic newspaper analysis during a one-year period to explore media framings of the flood, focused on learning as an aspect of resilience in relation to two themes:(1) perceived links between the flood and climate change and (2) perceived roles of government in managing the flood.We show that media coverage of the flood reinforces aspects of resilience by acknowledging community spirit, self-reliance and the importance of sharing experiences for learning; articulating the risk of extreme events in a changing climate; and highlighting regional management trade-offs.Much of the discourse is likely to inhibit resilience, however, by casting the flood in terms of blame and political opportunity and paying inadequate attention to longer-term aspects of regional resilience.The limited learning observed to date may highlight a need for other mechanisms and actors to lead learning processes.As policy related to the 2011 Brisbane flood,and extreme events more generally, is influenced by the public discourse, it is important to understand the nuances of communication around these events and the media's role in reinforcing or changing perceptions. 收起<<

  • 【作者】

    Erin L.Bohensky  Anne M. Leitch 

  • 【刊期】

    Regional Environmental Change SCI 2014年2期

  • 【语种】

    eng