ARTS 3091 Week 3 Post – Media Ecologies/Other “Ecologies”
When I first spotted this week’s topic “media ecology” in the course outline, I couldn’t imagine what this is really about, yet this topic still interested me to go through the readings to explore more about it. The wiki site of “media ecology” briefly gave me some fundamental information of what it is. According to the site, there are basically two versions of media ecology’s definitions within North America and European content. For the North America content, the website of Media Ecology Association clearly indicates that media ecology indicates the era of change in the 20th century from civilization to post-civilization. It is the study of our complex media system nowadays as media environments (Media Ecology Association). It also tries to make our media environment more explicit with the idea that technology and techniques, modes of information and codes of communication interact more with our human affairs such as feeling, thought, value, and behaviour (Media Ecology Association). Another reading by Milissa Deitz also support this concept. She says that the recent Wikileaks incident has indicates the shift of the way of how the public get involved in the contemporary media. The old styled media, with standardised frameworks which always isolate the truth and events, will be eliminating whereas the new media ecology, which is more transparent and with more human’s collaboration on studying culture, politics and society, will rise (Deitz, 2010).
For the Europe content, the French philosopher Felix Guarttari has proposed the concept of “three ecologies”, which are, three interconnected networks existing at the scales of mind, society and environment (Anon, 2008). What he thought was that, the media systems was a complex dynamic ecosophical syste with understanding of connectivity, balanced systems, network topography and complexity theory (Anon, 2008). He thought thinking “transversally” is needed to comprehend the interactions between ecosystems, the mecanosphere and the social and individual Universes of reference (Anon, 2008). Also, Guarittari stated that the social ecology will transfer the media era to post-media age, in which everyone of us could be capable to get involved in the media to direct the media’s resingularization (Anon, 2008).
Anon. (2008) ‘The Three Ecologies – Felix Guattari’, Media Ecologies and Digital Activism: thoughts about change for a changing world <http://mediaecologies.wordpress.com/2008/10/07/the-three-ecologies-felix-guattari/>
Deitz, Milissa (2010) ‘The New Media Ecology’, On Line Opinion: Australia’s e-journal of social and poilitical debate<http://www.onlineopinion.com.au/view.asp?article=11410&page=1>
Media Ecology Association What is Media Ecology’ <http:// http://www.media-ecology.org/media_ecology/>