Case Response Paper

The Love Canal: A Narrative Analysis The story of the environmental disaster at the Love Canal lends itself to many different interpretations. The setting was in the late ‘70s in Upstate New York, at a time when environmental issues had particular salience. The people of Niagara Falls told a passionate tale about their safety and their families put into harm’s way. Regulators and local officials told a tale that pointed fingers and shifted blame. The media, both locally and nationally ran rampant with the story, creating controversy and salience nationwide. The federal government would tell a very different narrative – about how they were able to come in and rescue people from environmental disaster and local incompetence. However, the most compelling story was the one told by the media and the people of Niagara Falls, because without this perspective, the issue would not have gotten the attention and high level of government response that it did from other players. The narrative told...
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