This essay analyzes how Burns adapts his well-known documentary style to the subject of national parks and the effects of his visual representations on viewers' understanding of the parks. It offers two main critiques: first, Burns presents an ideal of nature that inhibits viewers from perceiving how they live in the same world as the parks and that undermines the management of actual parks, and second, he misrepresents park development by minimizing the contributions of American Indians and women, who are vital to understanding the history of park landscapes and nature protection.

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