Ethics and Effects of Wilderness Digital Media

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Presented by: National Wilderness Stewardship Alliance

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October 20, 2020

Location: Online

12:00 PM to 01:30 PM (Pacific Time) {more time zones}

01:00 PM to 02:30 PM (Mountain Time)
02:00 PM to 03:30 PM (Central Time)
03:00 PM to 04:30 PM (Eastern Time)



Wilderness has quickly become part of digital media—through the voices of both wilderness organizations and individual wilderness users. The narratives crafted by organizations and individuals about wilderness issues and experiences have great power to influence public opinion as well as wilderness stewardship. However, technologies, like cells phones, that are increasingly used to craft these wilderness narratives also affect the wilderness experience itself. During this webinar, four communications and technology professionals discuss different aspects of digital media and wilderness. Lisa Ronald (Wilderness Connect, University of Montana) and Mikensi Romersa (freelance videographer) discuss social media and videography examples that illustrate ethical challenges and best practices for crafting positive wilderness digital storytelling. Kate Sutcliffe (Regional Collaboration Coordinator, Mount Grace Land Trust) illustrates how examining individual wilderness user social media narratives can inform wilderness management. Jeff Rose (Parks, Recreation, and Tourism Program, Utah State University) discusses how technology changes the wilderness experience when one enters into the experience with the intent of sharing it digitally.

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