The Truth and Fiction of Nature Documentaries
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"The natural world on film has never looked better," Good writes, "Which, in a way, is a pity." While spectacular nature documentaries inspire people to preserve threatened wildland, they go on, these same films can lull viewers into a complacent nonchalance as well.
Charles Siebert argues that nature documentaries are more telling as objects of human creation than studies of the natural world. The nature documentary, he says, is like a city...Nature is the antithesis: slow, earthly, camera-shy. But one thing is certain: Nature, or our version of it, sells.
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