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Sensatie op de prairie. Een onderzoek naar de ontwikkeling van sensatie in natuurfilms van vijftig jaar geleden en nu


Liesbeth Meenink

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Liesbeth Meenink (1985) heeft eerst Communicatie en
Informatiewetenschappen aan de Universiteit Utrecht gestudeerd met als specialisatie Film en Televisie. Daarna heeft zij anderhalf jaar bij het ANP gewerkt en is in 2008 de master Media en Journalistiek in Rotterdam gaan volgen. Dit artikel is een bewerking van de masterthesis.

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This article focuses on the development of sensation in wildlife films. Nature films produced by Walt Disney and Jacques Cousteau in the 1950s are compared with recent films by Steve Irwin and the bbc. Does the belief that media content has generally become more and more sensational also apply to this film genre? Not much research has been done into wildlife films over the years, so they are a rewarding research object. One person who has researched this subject is Derek Bousé. His work is quoted frequently in this article as his book Wildlife Films (2000) contains a lot of useful information. Bousé’s theories, but also those of Greg Mitman (1999), Meryl Aldridge & Robert Dingwall (2003), and Simon Cottle (2004) are used to construct a general theoretical framework about the history of wildlife films, the narrative, subgenres and the commercialization of the genre. The research was carried out using a list of sensation characteristics composed by Nuijten (2007). The method for the actual research on sensation was prepared using theories from Bordwell & Thompson (2001) and Hansen et al. (1998). The analysis explains whether the viewer is being presented with a realistic picture of nature or one that has been heavily dramatized. Furthermore, it establishes whether sensation plays a greater role these days than it has in the past. Here’s a clue: lions are not the active hunters we think they are...

How to Cite: Meenink, Liesbeth. 2009. “Sensatie Op De Prairie. Een Onderzoek Naar De Ontwikkeling Van Sensatie in Natuurfilms Van Vijftig Jaar Geleden En Nu”. TMG Journal for Media History 12 (2): 287–312. DOI:
Published on 01 Dec 2009.


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