Preliminary Research Goals

In order to execute my still nameless documentary it will require a broad set of skills and scope of research. The technical skills I need to possess are those with cameras, audio equipment, lighting, editing proficiency, and interviewing skills.

My vision for the project is to use a mix of interviews conducted with meteorologists, climate scientists, oceanographic scientists, and communication scholars and found footage. The found footage would include but is not limited to weather reports in disaster situations, reports on climate change, snippets from social media displaying public perception, plastics in the oceans, and scientific data.

The scholarly research I will have to conduct will include media theories pertaining to the spectacle and the Anthropocene, how weather is reported, climate change, plastic in the ocean, sharing of information, social channels, and persuasion tactics.

This is my starting bibliography as my jumping off point.



Beaudillard, J. (1994). Simulacra and simulation University of Michigan Press.

Bierly, E. (1988). The world climate program: Collaboration and communication on a global scale. Annals of the American Academy of Politcal and Social Science, 495, 106.

Debord, G. (2000). The society of the spectacle Black and Red.

Lo, A. Y., & Jim, C. Y. (2015). Come rain or shine? public expectation of locacl weather change and differential effects on climate change attitude. Public Understanding of Science, 24(8), 928.

McLuhan, M. (2001). The medium is the massage Gingko Press Inc.

Moore, C. (2009). Seas of plastic. Retrieved 09/14, 2018, from

Nisbet, M. C., & Scheufele, D. A. (2009). What’s next for science communication? promising directions and lingering distractions. American Journal of Botany, 96(10), 1767.

Rothfusz, L. P., Karstens, C., & Hilderband, D. (2014). Next-generation severe weather forecasting and communication. Eos, Transactions American Geophysical Union, 95(36), 325.

Scheffers, B., & et al. (2016). The broad footprint of climate change from genes to biomes to people. Science, 354(6313), 7671.

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