Week 3- “Ecologies”—Media Ecologies/Other “Ecologies”

It’s been all about media environments this week or more formally, ‘Media Ecologies’. It’s interesting looking into how media ecologies function and how users are becoming this own society online and the platforms we work from are contributing to this growing environment.

I found the article on ‘The new media ecology’ by Milissa Deitz really interesting how she viewed the media ecology as a contemporary ‘Media Eco System’. I love the idea that journalism now is a joint project including the ‘journalists, non-journalists, accidental journalists, bloggers, politicians, celebrities, and the general public’. It’s interesting to be in an age where each individual can have a voice, whether it be on politics, world events or even entertainment, this ‘Media Eco System’ allows for all opinions to be heard.

Deitz’s point about we as users have now become Big Brother relates to Matthew Fuller’s ‘Introduction: Media Ecologies’ how users are able to log on to CCTV cameras and report crime if it occurs. This type of power placed in the user’s hands gives a sense of trust and unity among the users in these media environments.

Matthew Fuller also has an interest in the Pirate Radio scene in London, he believes ‘the contemporary London pirate scene provides a rich lode of activity for thinking through the interrelation of self-organized cultural activity with media systems’. This point Fuller makes takes me back to an earlier project I did on remix culture which is for anyone who doesn’t know, it’s basically an online community all over the world of people who use/borrow images/video/music etc. to create something new and exciting by creating a new purpose for the media.

The particular self-organized cultural activity that I am referring to in remix culture is Youtube users who originally saw this video clip of the original bratpack movies remixed to the music of the band Phoenix’s song Lisztomania.

After viewing this video a group of hipsters from Brooklyn recreated this clip showcasing their city as the background.

This spawned many other groups of people all over the world to recreate this clip in their own cities. 

Amsterdam

San Francisco

Rio de Janeiro

Israel

There are a few others but I just love the idea that Media Ecologies are leading to these type of creative projects that brings community’s all over the world together.

Resources

Fuller, Matthew (2005) ‘Introduction: Media Ecologies’ in Media Ecologies: Materialist Energies in Art and Technoculture Cambridge, MA; MIT Press: 1-12

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