Saturday, September 6, 2008

Looking back at 1988 Yellowstone Fires

NPR did an excellent story this week about the 1988 fires in Yellowstone National Park and how the media coverage of the fire led to public outrage and misunderstanding.

I'd recommend a listen to anyone who's interested in how public sites of national symbolic significance can be recast depending on the story that gets told and the facts shared.

Listening to the report, I also wondered how the emotionally charged handling of the story at the time created a lasting impression in the American public about the essential meaning of wildfires, and the drama and emotional tone of wildfire stories.

The report is by Liane Hansen and Laura Krantz.

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