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New Book: Media and the Ecological Crisis

2015 August 12
by Shared by Steve Rust

Congratulations to Richard Maxwell, Jon Raundalen, and Nina Lager Vestberg on the publication of their new edited collection, Media and the Ecological Crisis (Routledge, 2015). I must admit that this one almost slipped by me and I only heard about it through an email from Amazon. The book’s central focus on the materialist ecologies of media is most welcome indeed. I’m also excited to see scholars interested in linking up the fields of media ecology and ecomedia studies. This will be a fantastic addition to the field!9780415709231

Here is the jacket blurb and table of contents:

Media and the Ecological Crisis is a collaborative work of interdisciplinary writers engaged in mapping, understanding and addressing the complex contribution of media to the current ecological crisis. The book is informed by a fusion of scholarly, practitioner, and activist interests to inform, educate, and advocate for real, environmentally sound changes in design, policy, industrial, and consumer practices. Aligned with an emerging area of scholarship devoted to identifying and analysing the material physical links of media technologies, cultural production, and environment, it contributes to the project of greening media studies by raising awareness of media technology’s concrete environmental effects.

Introduction: Media Ecology Recycled Richard Maxwell, Jon Raundalen, and Nina Lager Vestberg

Part 1: New Media Materialism

1. Powering the Digital: From Energy Ecologies to Electronic Environmentalism Jennifer Gabrys

2. Immaterial Culture? The (Un)Sustainability of Screens Paul Micklethwaite

3. Damaged Nature: The Media Ecology of Auto-destructive Art Synnøve Marie Vik

4. Documenting Depletion: Of Algorithmic Machines, Experience Streams, and Plastic People Soenke Zehle

5. E-Waste, Human-Waste, Infoflation Sophia Kaitatzi-Whitlock

Part 2:New Media Ecology

6. Greening Media Studies Richard Maxwell and Toby Miller

7. Tech Support: How Technological Utopianism in the Media is Driving Consumption Jon Raundalen

8. Where Did Nature Go? Is the Ecological Crisis Perceptible within the Current Theoretical Frameworks of Journalism Research? Roy Krøvel

9. Narrating the Climate Crisis in Africa: The Press, Social Imaginaries and Harsh Realities Ibrahim Saleh

10. Putting the Eco into Media Ecosystems: Bridging Media Practice with Green Cultural Citizenship Antonio López

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