Putting the "eco" in media ecosystems

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.


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 […]


Review: The Media Ecosystem — What Ecology Can Teach Us About Responsible Media Practice

I value this book for its integral consciousness and its ability to bring together what humans should know, how they should know it, and what they should do with what they know. In this book, the media gets a failing grade across the board, while the author includes a constant focus on how the media should be central to making “ecological intelligence” part of our every thought and action.