Over the past decades, tiger populations have drastically fallen worldwide to the point where most tigers are listed as endangered or critically endangered. Furthermore, there are currently more tigers living in captivity in the US than in the wild. In this paper, the relationship between the environmental issue of conservation and the effects of mass media productions is explored through a critical analysis of Tiger King. Specifically, the purpose of this paper is to answer the following questions. First, does Tiger King perpetuate or disrupt existing models of documentary narrative and cinematography? (Q1) Second, to what extent is Tiger King affecting the ways in which we view tiger farms, private zoos, and, overall, private ownership of endangered animals? (Q2)
"Tiger King: A Case Study in Environmental Media Representation and Effects,"
Comm-entary: Vol. 18:
1, Article 9.
Available at: https://scholars.unh.edu/comm-entary/vol18/iss1/9