National Geographic Magazine Covers

A quick scan of National Geographic Magazine covers, both the image and lead stories provides us preliminary insight into of nature and culture promoted within its pages visit photostream at:]

  1. Nature reads in terms of flora and fauna and pristine, geographically distinct areas, whereas culture reads in ethnic, low-technology, geographically isolated humans.
  2. The intersection of nature and culture shows cultural artifacts in remarkable natural landscapes, or romanticized geographically isolated peoples engaged in their daily activities in what NGM construes as natural areas.
  3. National Geographic Magazines conservation and sustainability ideals center on what Arturo Escobar (1999) terms western or modern society’s technonature, that is technologically modified [read: enhanced] nature.

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