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Ain't No Sunshine

Title: Ain't No Sunshine: The Political Economy of Florida's Fight for Solar.
Name(s): Huebner, Alex, author
Kazmer, Michelle M., university representative
Opel, Andy, 1964-, committee member
Graves, Brian, committee member
Florida State University, degree granting institution
College of Communication and Information, degree granting college
School of Communication, degree granting department
Type of Resource: text
Genre: Text
Doctoral Thesis
Issuance: monographic
Date Issued: 2018
Publisher: Florida State University
Place of Publication: Tallahassee, Florida
Physical Form: computer
online resource
Extent: 1 online resource (242 pages)
Language(s): English
Abstract/Description: This dissertation interrogates how Florida’s major electric utility companies actively suppressed the nascent solar energy industry in their effort to consolidate solar energy production into their hands during the 2015-2016 election cycle. Along with this, newspaper coverage of this issue was analyzed to determine how the fight was presented to the public and whether prevailing commercial pressures that influence the news production process affected the coverage of this issue. Finally, audience commentary about this issue was explored to determine how Facebook users made sense of this issue and whether the commentary reflected the prominent themes that were also present in the news coverage. Results highlight the economic and political ties between the utility companies and their support network as well as the solar supporters and their affiliated network that squared off in this fight. Additionally, findings reveal that commercial pressures to the news production process resulted in news coverage that portrayed this issue this to the public from a small handful of viewpoints, limiting the range of perspectives from which this issue may legitimately be discussed. Furthermore, results indicate that Facebook users who commented on this issue largely reflected the same perspectives and concerns that were present in the news coverage. Final conclusions and recommendations for changes to the news production process are provided.
Identifier: 2018_Sp_Huebner_fsu_0071E_14429 (IID)
Submitted Note: A Dissertation submitted to the School of Communication in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy.
Degree Awarded: Spring Semester 2018.
Date of Defense: April 12, 2018.
Keywords: Environmental Communication, Newspapers, Political Economy, Social Media, Solar Energy
Bibliography Note: Includes bibliographical references.
Advisory Committee: Jennifer M. Proffitt, Professor Directing Dissertation; Michelle M. Kazmer, University Representative; Andy Opel, Committee Member; Brian Graves, Committee Member.
Subject(s): Communication
Mass media
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Host Institution: FSU

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Huebner, A. (2018). Ain't No Sunshine: The Political Economy of Florida's Fight for Solar. Retrieved from