Media Ecology (Weekly Reading Reflection Week 4)

Heather A. Horst, Becky Herr-Stephenson, and Laura Robinson, authors of Media Ecologies, suggest that a child’s media ecology plays a detrimental part in their lives. Media ecology can be described as, “the study of media environments, the idea that technology and techniques, modes of information and codes of communication play a leading role in human affairs.” After reading this article, I was interested in learning more about media ecology. It is a tough term to understand. I found video that really helped me grasp what the term media ecology means. In the video, Neil Postman states,

A medium is a technology within which a culture grows; that is to say it gives form to a culture’s politics, social organization, and habitual ways of thinking.

In other words, technology helps make us who we are as a society. I think the chapter, Media Ecologies, echoes that sentiment.


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