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The Strange Career of An Inconvenient Truth

The Strange Career of An Inconvenient Truth

(p.258) Conclusion The Strange Career of An Inconvenient Truth
Seeing Green
Finis Dunaway
University of Chicago Press

The conclusion focuses on the surprising of popularity of Al Gore’s An Inconvenient Truth. While many journalists, film critics, and others have marvelled at the strange career of An Inconvenient Truth, this discussion has failed to consider the film’s place in the longer history of environmental icons. Indeed, much that seemed novel about the film drew upon tropes and representational strategies that have repeatedly popularized and delimited the scope of American environmentalism. The conclusion explains how the film’s fusion of fact and feeling, its framing of universal vulnerability and responsibility, and its failure to address power relations and environmental injustice all connect to other themes and examples in Seeing Green. From this vantage point, An Inconvenient Truth can be considered both surprisingly innovative and disappointingly familiar, a popular text that visualized the climate crisis but also reproduced the problems and limits of previous environmental icons. After considering the film’s emotional presentation of scientific data, its emphasis on universal vulnerability, and its embrace of green consumerism, the conclusion ends with a discussion of Led by Bill McKibben, this climate activist group has created innovative images that both draw on and depart from the visual politics of An Inconvenient Truth.

Keywords:   Al Gore, An Inconvenient Truth, climate change, global warming, emotions, universal vulnerability, environmental injustice, green consumerism,, Bill McKibben

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