June 10–13, 2010 – IGS at the 11th Annual Convention of the Media Ecology Association

The 11th Annual Convention of the Media Ecology Association titled “Media Ecology and Natural Environments” takes place from June 10–13, 2010, at the University of Maine in Orono, Maine.

General semantics is featured in several events at the convention. General semantics speakers include Jacqueline Rudig, Lance Strate, Corey Anton, Ray Gozzi, Jr., along with featured speakers Mary Catherine Bateson (2009 Alfred Korzybski Memorial Lecturer), Don Ihde, C. A. (Chet) Bowers, Ursula Heise, and Andrea Polli, with a presentation of “Thus Spoke the Spectacle” by Eric Goodman and Mike Stevens.

The subject of media ecology was formed with two biological metaphors in mind, Neil Postman wrote in “The Humanism of Media Ecology” (2000). In biology, a medium is a substance within which a culture grows. Change “substance” to “technology” and media ecology defines a medium as a technology within which a culture grows, forming its politics, social organization, and ways of thinking. In biology, ecology is the study of what constitutes a balanced and healthy natural environment. Media ecology refers to ways that cultures maintain a healthy symbolic balance to help keep our natural world in order. Media ecology seeks to make us more aware that we live in two different environments. We live in both the natural environment of air, water, animals, and plants, and the media environment of language, images, symbols, and technologies that shape us.

The 11th Annual Convention of the Media Ecology Association explores the connections between these two ecologies, one of culture and communication, the other of nature and the physical sciences. Convention submissions draw on a wide variety of perspectives in environmental studies in the sciences and communication, from issues such as climate change, biodiversity, acid rain, and wildlife ecology. How do media ecology and natural ecology intersect? How do ecologists in humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences create dialogue with each other? Can scholarship bring artists, communication researchers, and scientists together? What is the relationship between primary natural and virtual media realities? What is the history of environmental thought?

The convention will be sponsored by the Vice President for Research, the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, and the Department of Communication and Journalism at the University of Maine. Campus housing will be available. Tours of Maine’s natural environments will be offered. For more information on the convention, and to register, please visit http://media-ecology.org/activities/index.html.

The following are sessions of note for people interested in general semantics. A complete program for the convention is available at http://media-ecology.org/activities/11mea_program.pdf.

Thursday, June 10
Session 4
2:30 – 3:45 pm
4.A DPC Rm. 107

Korzybski and Media Ecology
Chair: Jacqueline Rudig, Institute of General Semantics

“Situating Korzybski”
Corey Anton, Grand Valley State University

“Abstraction: Language, Television, and Culture”
Geri Forsberg, Western Washington University

“Korzybski, Luhmann, and McLuhan”
Lance Strate, Fordham University

Thursday, June 10
Plenary Presentation
8:00 – 9:30 pm
Wells Conference Center, Banquet Room

“In Search of Active Wisdom”
Mary Catherine Bateson

Friday, June 11
Session 6
1:00 – 2:15 pm
6.B DPC Rm. 109

Founding Figures
Chair: Lance Strate, Fordham University

“Ernest Reginald McClintock Dix, 1857-1936: The Last Man of Letters”
Peter Fallon, Roosevelt University

“Korzybski’s Theory of Abstraction: Language, Media and Culture”
Geri Forsberg, Western Washington University

“Ong, Teilhard and the Evolution of Consciousness”
Jerry Harp, Lewis and Clark College

Friday, June 11
Session 7
2:30 – 3:45 pm
7.B DPC Rm. 109

Metaphors and Symbols
Chair: James Morrison, Babson College

“Lapel Pins: Sign, Symbol, Message, and Communication Medium?”
Jack Ciak, Seton Hill University

“The Metaphor of Cloud Computing”
Ray Gozzi, Jr., Ithaca College

“Media Ecology: Exploring the Metaphor”
Carlos Alberto Scolari, Universitat Pompeu Fabra

Friday, June 11
Music Video Media Critique (Performance/Screening)
9:45 – 11:00 pm
DPC 100

“Thus Spoke the Spectacle”
Eric Goodman & Mike Stevens

“Thus Spoke the Spectacle” is a music video media critique exploring the nature and effects of our electronic communication environment. It’s produced by Eric Goodman and Mike Stevens, who have performed and screened the show at colleges, high schools, theaters, art galleries, conferences, and film and music festivals around the United States. In 2008, “Thus Spoke the Spectacle” was awarded the Media Ecology Association’s John Culkin Award for Outstanding Praxis in the Field of Media Ecology. For more information and to view videos from the show, go to http://www.thespectacle.net.

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