Echoes And Reflections: On Media Ecology As a Field of

Echoes And Reflections: On Media Ecology As a Field of

Echoes And Reflections: On Media Ecology As a Field of Study (The Hampton Press Communication Series) [EPUB] ✷ Echoes And Reflections: On Media Ecology As a Field of Study (The Hampton Press Communication Series) ✺ Lance Strate – The author describes 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 aestheti The author describes the interdisciplinary Reflections: On eBook ↠ 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 This book provides the first comprehensive overview of the field followed by a case study concerning the relationship between modes of communication and constructions of the self.

  • Paperback
  • 192 pages
  • Echoes And Reflections: On Media Ecology As a Field of Study (The Hampton Press Communication Series)
  • Lance Strate
  • English
  • 23 April 2015
  • 9781572737259

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  1. Peter Peter says:

    Associate Professor of Communication and Media Studies at Fordham University authoreditor of an already impressive array of books including the Hampton Press’s Media Ecology series of which the present book is a recent release graduate of NYU’s Doctoral program in Media Ecology irrepressible wordsmith and punster blogger and one of the founders and current President of the Media Ecology Association Lance Strate’s ubiuitous presence in the field of media studies makes his name as recognizable to its adherents as the names of McLuhan Innis Ellul and Ong Further as not only an organizational leader but also an intellectual facilitator of media ecologists in the pursuit of their studies and work Lance Strate has I would suspect garnered a great deal of good will for both his organization and himself He has been very helpful and encouraging for instance to meSo there is a certain danger or at the very least presumptuousness involved in reviewing a book by a fellow whose face deserves to be chiseled on the Media Ecology euivalent of Mount Rush I’m not sure I remember what I was thinking when I agreed to this But fully cognizant of those risks without a sentence of euivocation I can report that I found Echoes and Reflections to be a deeply spiritual book of soulful yearning for knowledge for patience for strength and for understanding of some of the deeper confounding mysteries of lifeEchoes and Reflections On Media Ecology as a Field of Study is a difficult book to categorize especially to anyone who might come upon this journal and this review from beyond the horizons of the Media Ecological perspective Those people might very well be confused by both the structure of Strate’s two part presentation and the seeming heterogeneity of his content There is it should be noted no essential conflict between the first and second parts of this book; this is as Media Ecologists know the beauty of the Media Ecological perspective and the genius of the author in making connections not immediately apparent to the unprepared observerThe title of the book “Echoes and Reflections” serves as an organizing metaphor for the book itself and as an observation about the various dualities that seem to present themselves to us in our studies; some dichotomous some complementary some in opposition some in apposition Sound and sight Speech and writing The subjective and the objective Faith and reason Orality and literacy We are constantly reminded we media ecologists of the ecological nature of not only human communication but of human thought of human culture and of the human being itselfPart One of Echoes and Reflections is an impressively comprehensive review of the canon of media ecological literature It is an echo of all that the founders the pioneers of Media Ecology have told us Reading it I was reminded that William the Conueror first Norman King of England commissioned a book called “the domesday doomsday book” which documented every piece of property in his kingdom every chattel every landowner and all of his holdings for the purposes of taxation Oral legend maintains that if England were to cease to exist it could be reconstructed on the basis of descriptions held in the Domesday book A similar attention to detail is present in Part One of Strate’s book and it is not too egregious an act of hyperbole to suggest that if Media Ecology were to disappear from the human noetic world it could be rebuilt with the help of Part One of Echoes and ReflectionsStrate moves systematically and determinedly through descriptive essays on the origins of Media Ecology on McLuhan and Innis and “the Toronto school”; on Walter Ong and oralityliteracy studies; on the complementary and eually influential relationship of media history and the history of technology on Lynn White’s influence on Marshall McLuhan and McLuhan’s on Elizabeth Eisenstein; on Neil Postman and “the New York school”; on Mumford Ellul and the study technologies and their effects; and on the “formal roots” of Media Ecology The extended essay that is the core of Part One of this book traces both the historical and conceptual foundations of Media Ecology and could easily serve as the curriculum of an excellent program of graduate study Those with the patience and determination to read the books described in Part One are certainly Media Ecologists with or without formal graduate study or credentialsI couldn’t help but think however that is was a shame that explanation and exegesis was not included in Part One of Echoes and Reflections; I know however that it was neither Strate’s purpose nor his luxury to provide anything than a conceptual map of the Media Ecological territory To have attempted to do so would have meant writing not a book but an encyclopediaStill in his fascinating account of the construction of the field as well as in the descriptions of the seminal works he provides Strate makes it clear that he shares the same yearning that McLuhan Innis and Postman felt; that Ong and Ellul Mumford White and Eisenstein felt a yearning for greater understanding of “the extensions of man” a yearning based on the echo of intuition that “Aha” moment of the mind when we are blessed to see for no good reason the intimate connection among ourselves our tools our thoughts and our beliefs about the nature of the worldIn Part Two Strate plumbs the depths of this yearning as he reflects upon his dual but inseparable experiences as a media scholar and as the father of an autistic child He muses about the changing nature of the self in a global moment of transition from literacy to electricity Like Innis in his concern for finding a balance in human civilization between concerns for time and for space Strate yearns for a balance between the narcissistic individualism of literacy and the echolalia of the new orality brought about by electric media The echoing effect of orality can bring us stability and reassurance and the semblance of certainty but can stunt intellectual growth by inhibiting curiosity; the narcissistic visual emphasis of literacy can open us to new information but in so doing can cut us off from the other and so from ourselvesThe metaphor of amputation – of “cutting off” and being cut off – is not unfamiliar to Media Ecologists It is the logical corollary to a similar metaphor of medium as prosthesis an “extension of man” Strate considers the “cutting off” involved in the autistic phenomenon the cutting off of the autistic person from hisher environment the cutting off of mind from body the cutting off of abstract conceptual propositional thought from the concrete sensory and presentational Strate suggests that “the parallels between autism and orality are striking” p 116 and notes that the metal operations of children described by Piaget the “savage mind” described by Levi Strauss and the thought processes of people with various brain defects described by Sacks and others all bear a striking resemblance to certain characteristics of oral cultures But autism is not orality any than oral culture is savage culture The stresses of electronic culture and the rise of a powerful new strain of orality are not responsible for Sarah Strate’s condition one can almost hear Strate insisting; but what is?Strate refuses to let our hyper mediated electronic culture entirely off the hook at the very least for the ways in which it exacerbates the autistic condition “From the fluorescent lighting which many find painful to the sensory bombardment and information overload which disrupt the thought processes of us all our culture offers neither the routine predictability and slow pace of primary orality nor the uiet contemplation of traditional literacy” p 126 Our culture may not be the problem; it certainly is not the solutionIn the end Strate cannot solve the mystery of his daughter’s autism; I believe he knew this when he sat down to write Echoes and Reflections Yet I sense a very powerful need for him to have gone through this exercise in contemplative reason – he had no choice – and his knowledge of human communication of the interplay of technology and culture of theories of mind and of human cognition were both the impetus and the tools of this exercise He had no choice He did not answer the uestion but in asking it he reaffirms everything that those great thinkers celebrated in Part One of Strate’s book had in common and asked of us as media scholars investigate those connections between in the words of George Herbert Mead mind self and societyIn Echoes and Reflections Lance Strate has written a powerful and unusual book one that is at the same time erudite and scholarly and soulfully spiritual It is redolent of another type of mystery the mystery of love It is an echo of a scholar’s love for learning thinking and understanding and a reflection of a father’s love for his child

  2. Rebecca Rebecca says:

    This book is basically an extended bibliography from the field of Media Ecology Studies so there wont be any particular ideas unpacked in this book Still its been useful at locating further reading on particular topics

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