Bridging ecojustice and media education

Ecomedia Literacy is out!

The image illustrates a positive expression of ecomedia, showing how ecosystems are at the heart of human existence. By combining satellite imagery and artistic intervention, it’s also a creative use of technology that can often be used for environmentally destructive purposes (satellite mapping is often used as a tool of control, extraction, and warfare). I was incredibly pleased to get permission to use this as the cover of Ecomedia Literacy because it captures the ethical heart of the book.


Presentation for Critical Media Literacy Conference of the Americas

Here is a video recording of the presentation I made (along with Jeff Share and Theresa Redmond) for the Critical Media Literacy Conference of the Americas. Title: Ecojustice and Decolonization with Ecomedia Literacy Overview: In the interest of decolonizing media education, we aim to bridge the gaps that emerge from the academic silo-ing of content …


Green design for media literacy education: NAMLE-2019 slideshow

Ecomedia literacy is an approach designed to integrate media literacy with sustainability education. Drawing from research on North American media literacy practices, ecomedia literacy reconceptualizes how we teach media. It is based on “ecomedia,” which is an emerging framework in media studies that recognizes the material reality of media production and its impact on the environment. Ecomedia literacy incorporates four main perspectives by addressing media objects (texts or gadgets) in terms of culture, political economy, materiality, and worldview.


Climate crisis is media crisis: Reform the media ecosystem and change journalistic practice

What does a major election loss in Australia, Brexit, and the rise Trump have in common? Besides setbacks for mitigating the climate crisis, in each country there is the pernicious presence of king maker Rupert Murdoch’s media empire. His network of sensationalistic newspapers, TV networks, and satellite systems are leaving a trail of scorched earth politics in which climate denial and white supremacy strengthen right-wing political movements. But this is just part of the problem. In the USA, there was a drop in coverage of 45 percent by the three major TV networks (Fox decreased from just 260 minutes in 2017 to 142 minutes in 2018). This is why if you want to do something about the climate, media reform has to be in the mix. Like laws governing environmental protections, media reform means intervention into how the media system is regulated and financed. It also means that media organizations themselves need to change their internal practices.


Media ecosystem starter kit

The Media Ecosystem was a book I wrote during the midst of Occupy Wall Street and was intended to be a manifesto tapping into the open aperture of rebellion spreading around the world at the time. I wanted to infuse ecology into how we thought about media and activism. My thinking is evolving and so, …


What is Technology? Conference presentation

I recently presented at the What is Technology Conference? in Portland, OR, sponsored by the University of Oregon. The presentation, “The Ecomediasphere: Technology as Ecomedia,” demonstrates an educational tool that I’m developing for ecomedia literacy. The heuristic will be featured in my forth-coming book with Routledge, Teaching Ecomedia. Here is the abstract: Various academic disciplines …