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Rhetoric of Global Warming

Rhetoric of Global Warming

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Published by: Richard Loi on Jun 18, 2012
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Rhetoric of Global Warming: Multimodal Arguments in Public and Scientific Contexts
A Major Qualifying Project Report:Submitted to the Faculty of WORCESTER POLYTECHNIC INSTITUTEIn partial fulfillment of the requirements for theDegree of Bachelor of Scienceby ___________________________
Eric Andresen
Submitted on: April 28, 2009Approved: ___________________________ ___________________________Professor Lorraine Higgins Professor Chrysanthe Demetry
This report represents the work of one or more WPI undergraduate students submitted to the faculty as evidenceof completion of a degree requirement. WPI routinely published these reports on its web site without editorial orpeer review.
 
 
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 Abstract 
Public opinion about scientific issues guides behavior and policy decisions with local and globalramifications. This report analyzes techniques for communicating about scientific issues used in visualmedia aimed at two distinct audiences, scientific communities and the public. It compares theirpractices in samples from the current
issue of global warming, using an article from the journal
Nature
as anexample of scientific communication and the popular documentary
 An Inconvenient Truth
as an example of publicargumentation.
 
 
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 Acknowledgements
I would like to thank Professors Chrysanthe Demetry and Lorraine Higgins for their helpful andtimely advice throughout this project. Their support has been crucial to its success. I would also like tothank those who attended my presentation of this project. I greatly appreciate their interest in myfindings.

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