Mediating Nature: The Role of Technology in Ecological Literacy, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Mediating Nature

The Role of Technology in Ecological Literacy, 1st Edition

Edited by Sidney I. Dobrin, Sean Morey


192 pages | 21 B/W Illus.

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pub: 2019-11-20
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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. It will be of interest to scholars and students working in the fields of Ecocriticism, Ecocomposition, Media Ecology, Visual Rehtoric and Digital Literacy Studies.

Table of Contents

1. Mediating Interfaces: Getting In Between Sid 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 Montana Glen Southergill

11. I See the Body Electrate Jason Crider

About the Editors

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.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
COMPUTERS / Digital Media / General
LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Communication Studies
NATURE / Ecology