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New Media, New Messages

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New Media, New Messages

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Media Ecology Association Convention

St. Louis University

St. Louis, Missouri

June 18-21, 2009

Inklings that the future isn't what it used to be were found throughout the tenth annual 2009 Media Ecology Association (MEA) convention. Hosted by St. Louis University, this year's event was missing certain elements, suggesting that subtle change was underway. While the legacy of older media such as television and film were still hanging around, it was the newer and emerging forms, such as social media, mobile media, and spatial media that stood firmly in the convention spotlight.

Purposefully broad, the four days of panels and plenaries fell within a few, sometimes overlapping, categories. The thirty-two panel sessions identified and discussed the effects of emerging forms of media through topical sessions focusing on language and media, media and the human psyche, religion and media, and oral spaces and practices. Other session topics included embodiment within media, soundscape technology, reading, gender and media, media ecology and natural environments, media and the built urban environment, the psychopharmacological aspects of media use, and media ecology and cultural information. While the diversity of these subjects may seem a bit disparate for the uninitiated, there was a strong and consistent grounding of their themes within the principles of media ecology. …

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