13,574 Media Ecology Association, Newsletter, July 2018

The Official Newsletter for the Media Ecology Association

Staying Connected with the MEA

Thank you all for submitting to, attending, and enjoying the 2018 MEA Conference in Orono, Maine. It is your participation that makes the MEA a success.

The MEA has several social media accounts. We invite all of you to “friend” or “follow” us there to keep these conversations going.

To access the MEA Facebook page, please click here.

To access the MEA Twitter page, please click here.

Finally, if any of you have something you would like to share in those pages, we encourage you to message/tweet us.

Thank you!

Announcing the New Issue of Explorations in Media Ecology

The Official Journal of the Media Ecology Association

The second issue of volume 17 of Explorations in Media Ecology is now available online. If you’ve paid your MEA membership dues for 2018, you can sign in via the MEA website and access all of the articles. And if you haven’t paid your dues for this year yet, you still have time to do so and receive all of Volume 17, plus online access.

The print versions of the first two issues will be mailed out in the near future.

Here’s the link to access the content:


Lance Strate, Our media ecology journals


Corey Anton, “Technology, hypocrisy and morality: Where, oh
where, has all the hypocrisy gone?”

Adam Robbert, “Media ecology and Bios Theoretikos:
Philosophy as extended cognition”

Jan Lukas Buterman , “All your base are belong to us”

Bartłomiej Knosala and Aleksandra Kuzior , “Marshall
McLuhan’s New Science as a case of reflection concerning
common ground for art, science and technology”

Liang Yi and Robert Albrecht , “Extending McLuhan”


Michael Plugh, “What is media ecology?”


Jim Andrews , “Default play mode text: Writing (Arteroids)”


Karen Lollar, Review of More Sensible Thinking, by Martin H.

Thomas D. Zlatic, Review of second edition of  Walter Ong’s
Contributions to Cultural Studies: The Phenomenology of the
Word and I-Thou Communication, by Thomas J. Farrell

Robert K. Logan, Review of Sapiens: A Brief History of
Humankind, by Yuval Noah Harari

Ron Jacobson, Review of Writing Myself into Existence: Notes
on a Literary Life and Other Adventures, by Arthur Asa Berger

Ira Nayman, Review of McLuhan in an Age of Social Media, by
Paul Levinson

Arthur W. Hunt III,  Review of The Benedict Option: A Strategy
for Christians in a Post-Christian Nation, by Rod Dreher (2017)

Bill Petkanas, Review of Confronting Technopoly: Charting a
Course Towards Human Survival, edited by Phil Rose

Just as a reminder, here are the contents of issue 17.1:


Lance Strate, The real impact factor


Thomas Sutherland, “Searching for stillness in the flux of the
electric world: The vorticular critique of time-philosophy in
Marshall McLuhan and Wyndham Lewis”

Nicholas C. Grodsky  Julia M. Hildebrand, and  Ernest A.
Hakanen, “Screens as human and nonhuman artifacts:
Expanding McLuhan’s tetrad”


John Dowd, Ecologies of education: Teaching and learning in
the digital environment

Catherine Adams, Whither the school in the age of the

Roger Saul, Two paths to the future

Joris Vlieghe, Education in a digital age: How old and new
technologies shape our subjectivities


Casey R. Schmitt, WALL-E, Classroom discussion, and media
ecology’s stupid question


Nora Bateson: #MeToo is complex


Sahra Bateson Brubeck, Persephone and the Sea”


James C. Morrison, Review of Marshall McLuhan by Douglas

Mary Lahman, Review of Paradox Lost by Linda G. Elson

Stephanie B. Gibson, Review of Communication Uncovered:
General Semantics and Media Ecology by Corey Anton

Abby Dress, Review of Digital Shift:The Cultural Logic of
Punctuation by Jeff W. Scheible

Laura Trujillo Liñán, Review of Misbehavior in Cyber Places:
The Regulation of Online Conduct in Virtual Communities on the
Internet by Janet Sternberg

Robert Albrecht,  Review of Roger Waters and Pink Floyd: The
Concept Albums, and Radiohead and the Global Movement for
Change by Phil Rose

Carol Wiebe, Review of Biopolitical Screens: Image, Power and
the Neoliberal Brain by Pasi Väliaho

Howard Rheingold, Review of The Kingdom of Speech by Tom

Call for Submissions for ETC: A Review of General Semantics

Now in its 74th year of continuous publication, ETC: A Review of General Semantics is the official quarterly publication of the Institute of General Semantics.  ETC. welcomes submissions about the symbolic environments in which humans spend their time, with a focus on the study of the intersections of language, thought, and behavior.  Specifically, we are interested in approaches to the nature of language, how human beings make what we call meaning, and how we can be better meaning-makers through an understanding of the relationships among symbols, mind, meaning, language, thought, and culture.

Submissions fall into four main areas — keeping in mind, of course, that these categories are tentative, artificial, and subject to revision.  The categories are meant to express the broad range of possible contributions, not to limit them.  Contributors are not required to specify the area into which a particular piece falls.

Category 1: Articles about the symbolic environment, emerging or persisting metaphors, and current or historical studies of symbol use that advance the academic understanding of symbols and human behavior and culture.

Category 2: Cases and observations of language use and misuse in politics, commerce, public discourse, relationships, and self-talk that contribute to our personal understanding of the relationship between symbols and behavior.

Category 3: Instructional schemata for educators to illustrate general semantics principles: lessons plans, activities, demonstrations, etc.

Category 4: Poems, diagrams, short fiction, artwork, or other vehicles for thought that express or explain some idea about symbols and behavior, such as maps and territories, abstractions, non-categorical thinking, extensional thinking, or the principle of “et cetera.”

How to Submit

Article submissions are accepted electronically via email.  All articles submitted should be original work and must not be under consideration by other publications.  Please submit your work to:

The following are the Writer’s Guidelines for contributors to ETC: A Review of General Semantics (modified November 2, 2016):

We accept manuscripts electronically in Microsoft Word.  E-mail your documents, as attachments, to editor-etc@generalsemantics.org.  Please contact us if you experience technical issues.

Since we are an interdisciplinary community, writers are invited to use the citation and referencing style of their choice (APA, MLA, Chicago, etc.).

Include photos, illustrations, and graphics in the manuscript, but please also send them as separate files.  Acceptable formats include .jpg, .jpeg, .gif, .tif, and .bmp formats. Graphics should be as high resolution as possible.  Permissions for copyrighted material are the responsibility of the author.  Please contact the Editor for any assistance needed.

Please do not use automated footnote or note referencing programs.

We especially encourage submissions by students.

If you submit an article that has been previously published, please obtain reprint permissions prior to submission to ETC. and provide such permissions with your submission.

For more information, you can contact the editor, Thom Gencarelli, directly at thom.gencarelli@manhattan.edu.

Also, please visit the Institute of General Semantics website for further information, or for current or back issues of ETC: A Review of General Semantics by clicking here.

Divine Choreography of Redemption: Setting the Eternal Saga in Time

By William E. Jefferson

Divine Choreography of Redemption: Setting the Eternal Saga in Time, explores the story of redemption as divine drama advanced by acts and agents that transcend time and space. The novel is set beyond the Storied Sea on the ancient Isle of Estillyen, far from everywhere, yet mystically near.

At the heart of the novel, a significant battle brews between augmented reality—aided by algorithms and modern technology—set against faith inspired life nurtured by Scripture’s abiding narrative. The choice rests between the daily swirl of mediated messages fostering increasing fragmentation and discarnate existence, or meaning grounded in the message and mystery of redemption’s divine choreography.

The novel is a work of literary fiction, with matters of media ecology woven into the storyline. The aim is to place topics of media in public sphere, by couching them in a unique and inspiring story.

To read a review of the book, please click HERE

You can purchase or find more information about the book by clicking HERE


To submit your news to In Media Res, the official monthly newsletter of the Media Ecology Association, please click here for the submission form.

We are looking for news that is relevant to the members of MEA. This might include member achievements (i.e., journal publications, books, creative works, etc.), awards received, upcoming relevant conferences, recent books that MEA members should be aware of, web content that might interest MEA members, news about upcoming EME issues, calls for submissions, etc.

The deadline for submissions to be included in the next month’s newsletter is the 28th of every month at 5pm EST.


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