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Now Available: Ecomedia Key Issues

2015 September 24
by Shared by Steve Rust

Ecomedia: Key Issues is a comprehensive textbook introducing the burgeoning field of ecomedia studies to ecomedia coverprovide an overview of the interface between environmental issues and the media globally. Linking the world of media production, distribution, and consumption to environmental understandings, the book addresses ecological meanings encoded in media texts, the environmental impacts of media production, and the relationships between media and cultural perceptions of the environment.

Each chapter introduces a distinct type of media, addressing it in a theoretical overview before engaging with specific case studies. In this way, the book provides an accessible introduction to each form of media as well as a sophisticated analysis of relevant cases. The book includes contributions from a combination of new voices and well-established media scholars from across the globe who examine the basic concepts and key issues of ecomedia studies. The concepts of “frames,” “flow”, and “convergence” structure a dynamic collection divided into three parts. The first part addresses traditional visual texts, such as comics, photography, and film. The second part of the book addresses traditional broadcast media, such as radio, and television, and the third part looks at new media, such as advertising, video games, the internet, and digital renderings of scientific data.

In its breadth and scope, Ecomedia: Key Issues presents a unique survey of rich scholarship at the confluence of Media Studies and Environmental Studies. The book is written in an engaging and accessible style, with each chapter including case studies, discussion questions and suggestions for further reading.

Foreword Toby Miller

Introduction: Ecologies of Media Stephen Rust, Salma Monani and Sean Cubitt


Part 1: Frames

1. Overview: Framing Visual Texts for Ecomedia Studies Carter Soles and Kui-Wai Chu

2.Beyond Nature Photography: The Possibilities and Responsibilities of Seeing H. Lewis Ulman

3.Eco-nostalgia in Popular Turkish Cinema Ekin Gündüz Özdemirci and Salma Monani

4.The Aesthetics of Environmental Equity in American Newspaper Strips Veronica Vold


Part 2: Flow

5.Overview: Flow–An Ecocritical Perspective on Broadcast Media Stephen Rust

6.”I Took Off My Pants And Felt Free”: The Subject of Environmentalism in Countercultural Radio Sean Cubitt

7.Hostile or Hospitable: New Zealand Television Maps Degrees of Belonging Sarina Pearson

8.Earth Observation and Signal Territories: U.S. Broadcast Infrastructure, Historical Network Maps, Google Earth, and Fieldwork Lisa Parks


Part 3: Convergence

9. Overview: Bert Versus the Black Phoenix: An Introduction to Convergence and Ecomedia Anthony Lioi

10.Selling With Gaia: Advertising and the Natural World Joseph Clark

11. Where the Wild Games Are: Ecologies in Latin American Video Games Lauren Woolbright and Thaiane Oliveira

12. New Media, Environmental NGOs and Online-Based Collective Actions in China Aimei Yang

13. Earth Imaging: Photograph, Pixel, Program Chris Russill

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