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By Paul C. Adams

Although there are human geographers who've formerly written on issues of media and verbal exchange, and people in media and conversation reports who've formerly written on geographical concerns, this is often the 1st book-length discussion within which skilled theorists and researchers from those assorted fields tackle one another at once and interact in dialog throughout conventional educational barriers. the result's a compelling dialogue, with the authors taking off statements in their positions ahead of responding to the arguments made via others.

One major element of this dialogue is a lively debate in regards to the type of interdisciplinary region that may become a spotlight for destiny paintings. Does the already-established inspiration of conversation geography provide the way in which ahead? if that is so, what might utilized or severe varieties of communique geography be troubled to do? might communique geography enjoy the different types of conjunctural research which have been built in modern cultural experiences? may one other means ahead be to visualize an interdisciplinary box of everyday-life reviews, which might draw significantly on non-representational theories of perform and movement?

Readers of Communications/Media/Geographies are invited to hitch the controversy, pondering via such questions for themselves, and the topics which are explored during this ebook (for instance, of house, position, which means, energy, and ethics) may be of curiosity not just to teachers in human geography and in media and conversation experiences, but in addition to a much wider variety of students from around the humanities and social sciences.

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The idea that justice and sustainability are deeply intertwined can be found in many conceptions of sustainability. Some incorporate 22╇╇Paul C. Adams justice as a criterion that must be met (UNFCC, 1992; Schroeder and Okereke, 2013) and social justice has been cast as one of three “pillars” of sustainability (Becker and Jahn, 1999; Manderscheid, 2012). Conversely, definitions of justice increasingly incorporate sustainability as one of several elements (Agyeman and Evans, 2004). Discussions of international obligations incorporate these insights when they situate uneven development in the context of uneven environmental and economic impacts, effectively recognizing that sustainability’s costs must be borne in a way that acknowledges longstanding international and interregional inequities.

Still, my final move in this chapter is to consider whether the market can be rendered more ethical and sustainable through improved communication. In line with the foregoing discussion, this improvement must involve more than just information. It also would require expanded contexts for ongoing horizontal communication to maintain and expand a sense of imagined community, the associated feelings of mutual care and responsibility, and above all the habit of choosing products according to an ethical rather than merely an economistic rationality.

The lack of communication was not solved by inundating people with information. Amory Lovins, from the Rocky Mountain Institute, identified several interrelated communication problems (2011: 1–2): Japan’s more rigid bureaucratic structures, reluctance to send bad news upwards, need to save face, weak development of policy alternatives, eagerness to preserve nuclear power’s public acceptance (indoctrinated since childhood), and politically fragile government, along with [the power company] TEPCO’s very hierarchical management culture, also contributed to the way the accident unfolded.

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