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Media and the Ecological Crisis

1st Edition

Edited by Richard Maxwell, Jon Raundalen, Nina Lager Vestberg


206 pages | 18 B/W Illus.

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Media and the Ecological Crisis is a collaborative work of interdisciplinary writers engaged in mapping, understanding and addressing the complex contribution of media to the current ecological crisis. The book is informed by a fusion of scholarly, practitioner, and activist interests to inform, educate, and advocate for real, environmentally sound changes in design, policy, industrial, and consumer practices. Aligned with an emerging area of scholarship devoted to identifying and analysing the material physical links of media technologies, cultural production, and environment, it contributes to the project of greening media studies by raising awareness of media technology’s concrete environmental effects.


"This book addresses a much neglected dimension, is theoretically well anchored and is particularly commendable for the way in which the perspective engages in a novel and critical fashion with more traditional ways of looking at media technologies from an ecological/environmental perspective." -- Anders Hansen, University of Leicester, UK

Table of Contents

Introduction: Media Ecology Recycled Richard Maxwell, Jon Raundalen, and Nina Lager Vestberg Part 1: New Media Materialism 1. Powering the Digital: From Energy Ecologies to Electronic Environmentalism Jennifer Gabrys 2. Immaterial Culture? The (Un)Sustainability of Screens Paul Micklethwaite 3.Damaged Nature: The Media Ecology of Auto-destructive Art Synnøve Marie Vik 4. Documenting Depletion: Of Algorithmic Machines, Experience Streams, and Plastic People Soenke Zehle 5.E-Waste, Human-Waste, Infoflation Sophia Kaitatzi-Whitlock Part 2:New Media Ecology 6. Greening Media Studies Richard Maxwell and Toby Miller 7. Tech Support: How Technological Utopianism in the Media is Driving Consumption Jon Raundalen 8. Where Did Nature Go? Is the Ecological Crisis Perceptible within the Current Theoretical Frameworks of Journalism Research? Roy Krøvel 9. Narrating theClimate Crisis in Africa: The Press, Social Imaginaries and Harsh Realities Ibrahim Saleh 10. Putting the Eco into Media Ecosystems: Bridging Media Practice with Green Cultural Citizenship Antonio López

About the Editors

Richard Maxwell is a political economist of media and Professor of Media Studies at Queens College, City University of New York, USA.

Jon Raundalen is Associate Professor of Film Studies at Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Norway.

Nina Lager Vestberg is Associate Professor of Visual Culture at Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Norway.

About the Series

Routledge Research in Cultural and Media Studies

Cultural and media studies are now well-established as important academic disciplines and are inspiring new research into a wide range of pertinent issues. This series presents outstanding research in these subjects, helping to shape the direction of future inquiry.


To submit a proposal for this series, please contact:
Suzanne Richardson, Commissioning Editor for Media, Cultural and Communication Studies
suzanne.richard[email protected]

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Communication Studies
NATURE / Ecology
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / General
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Media Studies