The Post 2004 Tsunami Media: Voices for Science and the Humane

Document Type

Journal Article


Common Ground Publishing Pty Ltd.


Faculty of Education and Arts


School of Education / Fogarty Learning Centre




Lummis, G. W. (2006). The Post 2004 Tsunami Media: Voices for Science and the Humane. International Journal of the Humanities, 4(2). Available here


Since "911 ", the global media has been preoccupied with the war on terror, in Afghanistan, India, Indonesia:, Iraq, Bali, Egypt, Gaza, Israel, Pakistan, Russia, Spain, Turkey and the United Kingdom. The commercial media consistently offers an intense coverage of active nihilism, from which a mass audience constructs a mythopoeic fear. In addition, a multitude, of online sites offers even more graphic details of the extremes of incomprehensible carnage and insights into human suffrage. However, after December 26, 2004 both the free-to-air and online media demonstrated a capacity to galvanise the global community to secure humane outcomes, as well as underscore the essential role of online scientific literacy. In this article, the writer explores three themes associated with the media and the 2004 tsunami. Firstly, the writer will explore the role of the online media in facilitating transpersonal global awareness. The second part will explore the role of the Internet in facilitating scientific literacy. Finally, the writer will provide international and Australian examples, which emphasise the level of philanthropic engagement.