13,975 MEA Newsletter, August 2019

The Official Newsletter for the Media Ecology Association

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Photos from MEA 2019 Now Available

June’s successful MEA convention in Toronto was well-documented by photographer and MEA member Robert Barry Francos. He has now posted these photos on the Facebook page for the Media Ecology Association. Please view them there. If you use any of the photos, please give Robert a photo credit (and let him know by emailing him at rbf55@msn.com.

A New Google Group: Women and Media Ecology

Following her participation in the panel “Women and Media Ecology” at the last convention in Toronto, MEA Board member Carolin Aronis has created an email list for interested scholars and MEA friends. Her vision is to create a forum for MEA women and other fellows to gather, recognize challenges, introduce scholarly work written by women and LGBTQ individuals and/or relevant to them, and to have a good place where reading groups can be scheduled and panels for conferences can be planned.

If you are interested in joining, please send her a brief email with your name, affiliation, and relevant email address to


For more information, please review the panel from the MEA Convention here.

Teach a Course in Media Ecology?

In order to get more visibility and recognition, the Media Ecology Association is building a special webpage with detected programs or courses in Media Ecology around the world (graduate and undergraduate). If you are an author of a course related to Media Ecology, or know about some cases, please help us to fill in the following form by clicking here.

For any comments, please contact me at secretary@media-ecology.net. Your help will be very appreciated.

MEA New Website

The Media Ecology Association is proud to announce an updated version our website at https://www.media-ecology.org/.

It was redesigned for 2019 with the goals of creating friendlier face for our organization, a better user experience, and enhanced interactivity.

Built on the Wild Apricot platform, it incorporates content from our previous website — old newsletters, past proceedings, information about the organization, etc. — with new features, including integrated membership management and a more streamlined way for members to access past issues of our journal Explorations in Media Ecology by going to the new Members Area.

We plan on adding more content and features to the website in the future, but for now, please take a look and let us know what you think. We’d love to hear your feedback.


Carolin Aronis, Internet Officer, carolin.aronis@colostate.edu

Matt Thomas, Historian, matt.thomas@kirkwood.edu

2020 Call for Nominations for MEA Board

Candidates to Stand for Election to the MEA Board of Directors

It’s time to begin thinking about board nominations for the upcoming 2020 slate of new board members.

The Media Ecology Association’s Board of Directors consists of 12 members elected by the Association’s membership. The term of office is three years. Each year, three to four positions on the MEA’s Board of Directors come up for election/re-election, and you may nominate a member, or volunteer yourself as a nominee. You do not need to have prior board experience (of any type) to be nominated and elected to the board.

There are three elected positions to be filled this year:

  • MEA Vice President: The Vice-President Elect shall be elected by the general membership annually, and shall serve for a four-year period of service. In the second year, the Vice-President Elect will succeed to the office of Vice-President, in the third year to the office of President, and in the fourth year to the office of Immediate Past President. The Vice-President shall serve as the officer in charge of the annual convention and will either provide the site to host the convention, or will work in conjunction with the site host. Should the Office of the President become vacant after the conclusion of the annual convention, the Vice-President shall succeed to the presidency immediately. Prior to the convention, the Immediate Past President takes on the role of President if need be. Finally, the Vice-President Elect serves as the MEA’s liaison to other professional organizations, such as the Institute of General Semantics and the Canadian Communication Association, and ensures our presence and participation in their events.
  • Member-at-Large: This position replaces Stephanie Bennett and will run for three years from 2020 until 2022. Members at large help to promote the activities of the association, assist in the MEA’s legal and fiduciary matters, help to establish policies and direction and review programs which promote the aims of the Association, and help to recruit officer candidates for succession planning.
  • Newsletter Editor: This is a yearly elected position currently held by Scott Church. The term is for one year and begins January 2020. Besides the duties listed above for the members-at-large, the Newsletter Editor compiles, edits and disseminates the association’s newsletter, In Medias Res.
  • Recording Secretary: This is a yearly elected position currently held by Cathy Adams. The term is for one year and begins January 2020. Besides the duties listed above for the members-at-large, the Recording secretary records, collects and disseminates the discussions, activities and reports of the MEAboard meetings.

Nominees must be members in good standing of the MEA, and will be asked at a later time to provide a brief (100-150 word) statement about themselves and their interest in the MEA for inclusion with the ballots. The election will take place in October 2019, with the term of office beginning in January 2020.

Submit nominations or self-nominations for election to the MEA Board at:   2019election@media-ecology.net

More information regarding board positions may be found at the MEA website at media-ecology.org.

MEA Member Achievements

MEA member Carolin Aronis has recently learned that her article, “Communication as Travel: The Genre of Letters to the Dead in Public Media.” that was published in EME is going to receive the top paper award in the Philosophy of Communication division at NCA. Congratulations, Carolin!

MEA Member Spotlight – Bernadette Bowen

“As long as I can remember I have been fascinated with observing those around me and my surroundings. I am a shameless millennial, born in January 1990. Therefore, I was born and raised with liberal-oriented 90s cartoons, the Internet, video game consoles, and cell phones.

The way I see it, in only 29 years, I’ve lived many lives virtually, socioeconomically, and physically; intermediated (for better or worse) by increasingly more pervasive forms of technology. For me, that experience took shape within a sociology bachelors and critical media studies focused communication masters. Which is to say, I was an easy sell into MEA. Media ecology speaks my language.”

Article in The Atlantic References Neil Postman

Although this article was originally published in The Atlantic two years ago, it has recently begun circulating again online. Entitled “Neil Postman, Revisited: Are We Having Too Much Fun?”, it discusses the “prescience” of Neil Postman in predicting the role of amusement in contemporary American culture. Read the article by clicking here or 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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