During the summer of 2001 I worked as a bartender in Wyoming, two miles east of Yellowstone National Park. This opportunity provided me with unique experiences of “the wilderness” and as a result, allowed me to become aware of intricacies of living with in a primarily simulated and mass mediated culture, i.e., the United States. Following tenets of phenomenology, this paper investigates the simulated- and mass mediated-ness of society with specific focus on experiences with two nature environments: simulated-nature places (e.g., shopping malls, zoos ) and televised-nature representations (e.g., Crocodile Hunter, Jaws) .


R e presentation, Phenomenology, Mediated Nature, Space, Marshall McLuhan


I thank Lenore Langsdorf, Nilanjana Bardhan, Kim Kline, Keith Berry, Brad Gangnon, Ron Chenail, Sally St. George, and the anonymous reviewers for their constructive criticism towards this work. I also thank Sharon Rome for her support.

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