12,692 In Medias RES, Media Ecology Association

The Official Newsletter for the Media Ecology Association

MEA Board Election Results

VP-Elect: Peggy Cassidy
Recording Secretary: Cathy Adams
Newsletter Editor: Scott Church
At Large Member: Julia Hildebrand

These officers will begin their service in January 2019.
Special thanks to Brett Lunceford for organizing the election!

MEDIA(S)CENE

Hot and Cool in the MediaScene: A McLuhan-Style Art and Theory Project

Call for Artists

Exhibition opportunity at 20th Media Ecology Annual Convention 
Deadline for proposal submissions: December 1, 2018 

We invite proposals for new or existing works for exhibition, screening, performance, installation, sound art and other creative formats to be featured at the Media Ecology Association’s 20th Annual Convention, taking place on 27-30 June 2019 in Toronto.

Inspired by Marshall McLuhan’s “probes” and his view that art is an “anti-environment” or counter-environment to media, we welcome proposals for innovative works that address, expand, or challenge the concepts and conditions of our contemporary media environments, as theorized in our experimental essay “Hot and Cool in the Media(S)cene

Selected proposals will be invited for the ”Media(s)cene” art exhibit at the Media Ecology Association’s 20th Annual Convention from 27-30 June 2019, in Toronto. For more information on the international conference and its theme “Media Ethics: Human Ecology in a Connected World,” click here.

Proposals should include an abstract (500 words max), technical requirements for presentation of the work, an estimated budget, a brief biography (200 words) and contact information.

Please submit the material to Julia M. Hildebrand (julia.m.hildebrand@drexel.edu) and Barry Vacker (bvacker@temple.edu) by December 1, 2018.

NEW BOOK
Slow Media: Why Slow is Satisfying, Sustainable, and Smart

Jennifer Rauch

Today we recognize that we have a different relationship to media technology–and to information more broadly–than we had even five years ago. We are connected to the news media, to our jobs, and to each other, 24 hours a day. But many people have found their mediated lives to be too fast, too digital, too disposable, and too distracted. This group–which includes many technologists and young people–believes that current practices of digital media production and consumption are unsustainable, and works to promote alternate ways of living.

Until recently, sustainable media practices have been mostly overlooked, or thought of as a counterculture. But, as Jennifer Rauch argues in this book, the concept of sustainable media has taken hold and continues to gain momentum. Slow media is not merely a lifestyle choice, she argues, but has potentially great implications for our communities and for the natural world. In eight chapters, Rauch offers a model of sustainable media that is slow, green, and mindful. She examines the principles of the Slow Food movement–humanism, localism, simplicity, self-reliance, and fairness–and applies them to the use and production of media. Challenging the perception that digital media is necessarily eco-friendly, she examines green media, which offers an alternative to a current commodities system that produces electronic waste and promotes consumption of nonrenewable resources. Lastly, she draws attention to mindfulness in media practice–for example, arguing that media has significant impacts on human health and psychological wellbeing.

Slow Media will ultimately help readers understand the complex and surprising relationships between everyday media choices, human well-being, and the natural world. It has the potential to transform the way we produce and use media by nurturing a media ecosystem that is more satisfying for people, and more sustainable for the planet.

You can purchase the book here.

Call for Manuscripts

Media Ethics: The Magazine Serving Mass Communications Ethics


Media Ethics welcomes submissions for publication in its forthcoming issues. Published online twice a year, Media Ethics is an independent, open-access, scholarly forum for the sharing of research and views on current topics in media ethics. Media Ethics takes a purposely broad and pluralistic view of media ethics, encompassing topics in journalism ethics, advertising ethics, digital ethics, computer ethics, organizational communication ethics, entertainment ethics, film ethics, as well as communication ethics in general. We also welcome submissions that explore ethical issues in an international context, or from the vantage point of other disciplines such as philosophy or technology studies. Media Ethics is interested in encouraging and sharing scholarly work on any important normative topic in communication or media.
Media Ethics is a scholarly publication that was established in 1987 by Cliff Christians, Tom Cooper, Manny Paraschos, and Mike Kittross. It probes ethical issues in media, journalism, and communication ethics. It features creative and innovative pieces that showcase current scholarship or that analyze recent events, or shorter pieces that allow scholars to promptly voice their opinions on important topics in the current media environment. Media Ethics welcomes the submission of long and concise articles, book reviews, teaching commentaries, and case studies for possible publication. Media Ethics is published by the Moody College of Communication and the Center for Media Engagement at the University of Texas at Austin under the editorship of Dr. Scott R. Stroud.
Scholars are encouraged to submit long articles (up to 10,000 words) or short commentary pieces (750+ words) for consideration. All submitted manuscripts are subject to editing at the discretion of the editor, and publication is not guaranteed. Because of our editorial policies of independence and inclusion, neither the sponsors nor the editor shall be held responsible for any views expressed in Media Ethics by authors or others. All manuscripts, book reviews, case studies, and teaching pieces should be submitted via email to:

Dr. Scott R. Stroud, Media Ethics Editor

Department of Communication Studies

University of Texas at Austin

editor@mediaethicsmagazine.com

Submissions will be considered at any time.

Follow Media Ethics on Facebook or Twitter

Recent achievements from MEA members


Highlights from Robert K. Logan

  • He gave the key note address to the Spatial Cognition Conference ICSC 2018 in Rome entitled: What is Space?: A Media Ecology Approach

Recent publications

  • The Biology of Information. Chapter in THE WORLD SCIENTIFIC VOLUME 2 ON THE STUDY OF INFORMATION
  • “A Media Ecologist/Physicist’s Take on Pope Francis’ Encyclical Laudato Si: An Ecumenical Approach to a Dialogue of Science and Religion” MDPI Philosophies 3(3): 22.
  • “In Praise of and a Critique of Nicholas Maxwell’s In Praise of Natural Philosophy: A Revolution for Thought and Life” MDPI Philosophies, 3(3): 20. 2018. (Special Issue “Contemporary Natural Philosophy and Philosophies”)
  • “An Academic Obituary of Eric McLuhan.” MDPI Philosophies 3, 17. 2018.
  • “The Medium is the Mess-iah. Communications.” Media. Design, 3(1), 2018.
  • “Thinking in Patterns & Pattern of Human Thought as Opposed to AI Data Processing.” Information, 9, 83 (co-authored with Marlie Tandoc).
  • Krassimir Markov, Christophe Menant, Stanley N. Salthe, Yixin Zhong, Karl Javorszky, Alex Hankey, Loet Leydesdorff, Guy A. Hoelzer, Jose Javier Blanco Rivero, Robert K. Logan, Sungchul Ji, Mark Johnson, David Kirkland, Gordana Dodig-Crnkovi. “Data Versus Information.” Information Theories and Applications 24(4). 2017.
  • Understanding Man: The Extensions of Digital Media. EME (in press).

MEA has an Amazon Smile Account

If you would like to donate to the Media Ecology Association, please go to smile.amazon.com. Once you are there, click “Supporting,” then click “Change” and search for “Media Ecology Association” as your chosen charity.

You may also choose to download a browser assistant or extension that you can install to take you to the Smile page automatically every time you go to Amazon. Here are some instructions to download that assistant: In Safari, the icon for the Smile assistant appears in the menu bar next to the URL text box. For Chrome, go to the Chrome store and search for the extension.There are links on the Smile page for downloading extensions for all the major browsers.

Click on the above picture to access the convention website.

CALL FOR NEWSLETTER CONTENT

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 EMEissues, 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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