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Date of Thesis Acceptance

Fall 5-9-2011

Major Department or Program

Environmental Humanities


Don Snow


Historically, a tension has existed in the wildlife genre between education and spectacle. Education asserts itself as the main tenet of the genre, but spectacle exists as an essential component by attracting viewership. But the demands of a new audience in a contemporary for-profit world have necessitated a shift in the wildlife genre. Wildlife programs have begun to adopt reality television techniques and the adventure host has emerged. Crocodile Hunter Steve Irwin is the most prominent example, exemplifying the characteristics of this new host. An examination of his program and person reveals the implications of this shift in the wildlife genre.

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Subject Headings

Swimming -- Environmental aspects, Swimming pools -- Environmental aspects, Whitman College 2011 -- Dissertation collection -- Environmental Humanities

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