(Article of periodic en Anglais - 2014)

Document title

Redacted in Nebraska : the noises of conspiracy around nuclear power problems

Authors(s) and Affiliation(s)

EYLES J. (1) ; FRIED J. (2) ; EYLES E.C. (3) ;
(1) School of Geography and Earth Sciences, McMaster Univ., Hamilton, CANADA
(2) Social Sciences Research Laboratories, Univ. of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, CANADA
(3) Dept. of Geography, Univ. of Western Ontario, London, CANADA


This paper investigates a ‘small story’, the problems around the Fort Calhoun nuclear power plant (Nebraska) in the wet summer of 2011 and presents the official and an alternative version of events. It identifies the search for moral certainty, as well as the importance of blame and conspiracy theories, from which emerges the ‘big story’. It documents not only the official story but also an opposing version based on a coherent worldview emphasising the problems of big government, liberal views and denial of American individual rights—all framed as a conspiracy covering-up a threatening, human-made technology failure. It suggests why this worldview occurs, stressing a widespread emphasis on American values and history, ‘failed journalism’, public uncertainty, the complexity of nuclear technology, and the specific uses of digital communication


Article of periodic

published at : GeoJournal / ISSN 0343-2521 / CODEN GEOJDQ

Editor : Springer, Heidelberg - ALLEMAGNE (1977)

Millesime : 2014, vol. 79, no3 [pp. 329-342]

Bibliographic references : 79 ref.



INIST-CNRS, Cote INIST : 17887

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