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"Communication Choices and Challenges": The 21st annual convention of the Media Ecology Association

  • 18 Jun 2020
  • 21 Jun 2020
  • Adelphi University, Garden City, New York

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COVID-19 Update

Given the present situation in the New York metro area, it is very difficult to imagine any scenario where the MEA 2020 convention can take place in its traditional form. The MEA Board is exploring possibilities for a virtual convention, and we will make a decision at our (virtual!) meeting on April 4.

I hope everyone is doing as well as your circumstances allow. Please be on the lookout for more information from the MEA board, and join us in June in whatever way we are able to come together as a community.

—Dr. Peggy Cassidy, MEA 2020 Convention Coordinator

Media Ecology is a discipline whose history, perspectives, and scholarly interests incorporate a broad array of academic and professional disciplines focusing on “the study of complex communication systems as environments“ (Christine Nystrom, 1973). Every year, the MEA convention provides a unique opportunity for academics and professionals to come together in a relaxed and collegial environment that encourages conversation and creativity.

The theme of the 2020 convention is “Communication Choices and Challenges.” In every act of communication, people make choices. We choose where, when, and how to express ourselves or locate and use information. We choose the medium that seems best suited to the task: are we trying to reach the largest possible audience, get the word out quickly, or ensure that our message reaches future generations? Do we wish to convey a deep sense of intimacy, empathy, authority, or cool distance? Are we looking for information from a wide variety of perspectives, confirmation of what we already believe, or the deepest possible exploration of an issue?

Featured speakers at the 2020 convention include Jay Rosen, press critic and author of PressThink.orgWhat Are Journalists For?, and countless articles and essays on American journalism; and Maryanne Wolf, international advocate for children and literacy and author of Reader, Come Home: The Reading Brain in a Digital WorldTales of Literacy for the 21st Century, and Dyslexia, Fluency, and the Brain.

Payment questions? Contact our treasurer Paul Soukup at treasurer@media-ecology.net or +1 (408) 554-4022.

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