Bridging ecojustice and media education

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.

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

Journal of Media Literacy Education

Antonio López proposes a new vision of media education grounded in ecological consciousness. He borrows ideas from ecology and systems thinking, and foregrounds an ethics of collectivity, empathy and democracy. Steeped in metaphors of gardening, permaculture, and cultural commons, he elaborates a media practice that expresses a “green cultural citizenship” and calls for media educators to join in enlivening a media ecosystem.

Book of the Week: Developing a Mediacology for a Media Permaculture

How should we approach literacy in a digital age? For Antonio Lopez, it’s not just about using new types of media, but recognizing the different ways our brain deals with information, and that this is media-dependent but also inserted into the larger ecologies of our life, which must be sustainable.