Introducing MIT World

MIT World is a free, open streaming media web site of the most significant public events at The Massachusetts institute of Technology. A project of the Professional Education Programs at MIT’s School of Engineering, it features recent speakers and guests from across its campus and around the world. Sure there are a lot of lectures of the mission control/robotics stripe but you’ll also browse into guests like Robert Pinksy who visited this past February. Speakers lecture on a wide variety of topics in diverse fields of Architecture, Biotechnology, History, National Security, and Media, to name a few. For instance, this past Spring (March 8) Henry Jenkins, MIT Professor of Humanities and Director of the Comparative Media Studies Program, moderated TV’s New Economics with panelists David Poltrack and Jorge Schement.

Videos can be streamed on-demand to a computer, but cannot be downloaded, edited or duplicated.

EME: Explorations in Media Ecology

Introducing a new journal at ASC:

EME: Explorations in Media Ecology, a journal of the Media Ecology Association. Issues for 2005 are available in the ASC Library. The title is not available online.

EME is an international journal dedicated to extending our understanding of media and media environments. EME welcomes diverse theoretical and methodological approaches to the study of media environments, including (but not limited to) philosophical, aesthetic, literary, historical, psychological, sociological, anthropological, political, economic, and scientific investigations, as well as applied, professional, and pedagogical perspectives. In addition to scholarly articles, EME also publishes essays, commentary, and critical examinations relevant to media ecology as a field of study and practice.


What exactly is media ecology?

An Overview of Media Ecology
It is 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.

Media ecology is the Toronto School, and the New York School. It is technological determinism, hard and soft, and technological evolution. It is media logic, medium theory, mediology.

It is McLuhan Studies, orality–literacy studies, American cultural studies. It is grammar and rhetoric, semiotics and systems theory, the history and the philosophy of technology.

It is the postindustrial and the postmodern, and the preliterate and prehistoric.

—Lance Strate, “Understanding MEA,” In Medias Res 1 (1), Fall 1999.