1st Edition

Mediating Nature The Role of Technology in Ecological Literacy

Edited By Sidney I. Dobrin, Sean Morey Copyright 2020
    188 Pages 21 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    188 Pages 21 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Mediating Nature considers how technology acts as a mediating device in the construction and circulation of images that inform how we see and know nature. Scholarship in environmental communication has focused almost exclusively on verbal rather than visual rhetoric, and this book engages ecocritical and ecocompositional inquiry to shift focus onto the making of images.

    Contributors to this dynamic collection focus their efforts on the intersections of digital media and environmental/ecological thinking. Part of the book’s larger argument is that analysis of mediations of nature must develop more critical tools of analysis toward the very mediating technologies that produce such media. That is, to truly understand mediations of nature, one needs to understand the creation and production of those mediations, right down to the algorithms, circuit boards, and power sources that drive mediating technologies.

    Ultimately, Mediating Nature contends that ecological literacy and environmental politics are inseparable from digital literacies and visual rhetorics. The book will be of interest to scholars and students working in the fields of Ecocriticism, Ecocomposition, Media Ecology, Visual Rehtoric, and Digital Literacy Studies.

    1. Mediating interfaces: getting in between

    Sidney I. Dobrin and Sean Morey  

    2. Ecoplay: the rhetorics of games about nature

    Melissa Bianchi  

    3. Visualizing ecocritical euphoria in Red Dead Redemption 2

    Steve Holmes  

    4. Stereoscopic rhetorics: model environments, 3D technologies, and decolonizing data collection

    Shannon Butts 

    5. If a tree falls: mediations into and of natural sound

    Joe Marshall Hardin 

    6. (Re)placing the rhetoric of scale: ecoliteracy, networked writing, and MEmorial mapping

    Madison Jones 

    7. Imagining the Eastern Garbage Patch: ocean plastics as a problem of representation and scale

    Dan Brayton 

    8. Meaning in the growing, the harvest, the weaving, the making: Indigenous technologies at Plimoth Plantation’s Wampanoag Homesite

    Lisa King 

    9. Translating nature: manipulation of natural landscape in contemporary digital photography

    Anastasia Kozak 

    10. (Re)coding environmental activism: an examination of Hike Wild Montana

    Glen Southergill 

    11. I See the Body Electrate

    Jason Crider



    Sidney I. Dobrin is Professor and Chair in the Department of English at the University of Florida, USA. He is the founding director/editor of TRACE Innovation Initiative.

    Sean Morey is Associate Professor in the Department of English at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, USA.