Explorations in Media Ecology - new issue announcement

Intellect is delighted to announce the publication of issues 10.1&2 of the seminal journal Explorations in Media Ecology (EME), the first issues to be published by Intellect.  
EME is the journal of the Media Ecology Association and continues to break new ground under the editorship of Paul Grosswiler. Dedicated to extending our understanding of media and media environments, Explorations in Media Ecology explores the relationships between media, technology, symbolic form, communication, consciousness and culture, and welcomes diverse theoretical and methodological approaches to the study of media environments from a multidisciplinary perspective.
This issue offers an incredibly diverse range of articles considering the effects of new media and technologies on contemporary culture in a variety of contexts. In this issue, Claudia Springer offers an insight into the growing field of photography and modern wildlife conservation, analysing the influence of film and digital imaging on shaping, or rather dictating, our knowledge of animals in the wild, while Karen Brown looks back at the introduction of photography into American society in 1839 to examine the influence of photography on the changing concept of travel.
Tom Bruneau attempts to define spirituality from a brain studies perspective, seeking an escape into silence, peaceful solitude, and timelessness. Moving from silence to British rock, Phil Rose explores the creative paralysis suffered by Radiohead following the success of their 1997 recording 'OK Computer', and their effort to recreate and re-identify themselves to maintain authenticity. On a similar note, Robert Barry Francos considers technology's role in the birth and death of rock and roll, arguing that electricity and amplification brought a music revolution to rock and roll, while at the same time stifling the generational possibilities for growth and its raw energy.
Matt Reynolds looks at how the growing American television culture has been slowly poisoning free-market capitalism as consumerism creeps into place as the primary American economic system. And Flora Keshishian and Anthony Gabb consider the role of commodified educational products and profit-driven mass media in the mis-education of students today, calling for a rejection of the commodity structure to repair the damage.  
The role of new media technologies in redefining the relationships that construct the contexts of life is considered by J. Nikol Beckham, as she explores how this impacts on food and drink. Michelle Seelig analyses the effects of new media technology on storytelling, exploring the positive reception of still photo images when put with sound and text from the Internet. And Jessie Daniels presents a strategy for teaching health communication using multi-media resources, encouraging the development of critical media literacy skills amongst students.  
Finally, Peter Zhang examines how the use of the English language in China, and in particular, its alphabetic system, has impacted on Chinese culture.

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View the free issue (9.4) online

Explorations in Media Ecology seeks contributions embracing diverse theoretical and methodological approaches to the study of media environments, including communication, philosophy, history, art, music, literature, psychology, sociology, anthropology, politics, economics and natural sciences, as well as applied, professional and pedagogical perspectives. For further information, please visit the  journal's webpage.

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