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Echoes and Reflections: On Media Ecology as a Field of Study (Lance Strate)

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Title: Echoes and Reflections
Sub-title: On Media Ecology as a Field of Study
Author(s): Lance Strate
Publish Date: July 2006
Affiliation: Fordham University
Format: Paper
The author takes the reader on a journey through the interdisciplinary, communication-centered field of media ecology, the study of media as environments, a field that encompasses the study of technology, symbol systems, and aesthetic form, in addition to traditional conceptions of media and mediation. Strate presents media ecology as an open-ended intellectual tradition, a network of great books and independent thinkers. It is a unique book that provides the first comprehensive overview of the field, followed by a case study concerning the relationship between modes of communication and the constructions of self.

Contents: Preface. A MEDIA ECOLOGY REVIEW. Introduction to Media Ecology as a Field of Study. Marshall McLuhan. Harold Innis and American Cultural Studies. The Toronto School. Walter Ong. Orality-Literacy Studies. Media History. Neil Postman. The New York School and Communication Studies. Lewis Mumford, Technics, and Ecological History. Ellul and Technological Studies. Formal Roots. Concusion. NARCISSIM AND ECHOLALIA: SENSE AND THE STRUGGLE FOR SELF. Something from Nothing. Communication and/as Material Transformation. Echo and Narcissus. Autism and the Struggle for Self. Theory of Mind. Conclusion. References. Author Index. Subject Index.

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