The Thirteenth Annual Convention of the Media Ecology Association


June 7–10, 2012
Manhattan College, Riverdale, New York

Times Square

Featured Speakers

  • Sherry Turkle
  • Douglas Rushkoff
  • Terence P. Moran
  • Jaron Lanier

More information…     

Times Square, at the junction of Broadway and Seventh Avenue in New York City, has often been referred to as the “Crossroads of the World.”

In fact, New York City itself can be considered a crossroads of the world. New York Harbor is home to Ellis Island, the main point of entry for the “huddled masses” who came to the United States in search of a better life, particularly as part of the “great immigration” of the late 19th and early 20th centuries, and who became part of America’s great “melting pot.” The city’s five boroughs are home to the most diverse population of any city on earth, with virtually every culture and language group represented.

New York is also a crossroads of the media/mass media world: home to the U.S. corporate headquarters of almost all of our major multinational media conglomerates; home to Silicon Alley; and the indisputable news and information capital of the United States.

It must be added, too, that the way we understand, analyze, and make sense of our world and all things in it is through our human language, in its spoken, written, and print forms. That is to say, our world is all about words. And at this juncture in the history of human civilization, in which people speak of a “post-literate culture,” after media ecologist Walter Ong, S. J., subtitled his book Orality and Literacy “The Technologizing of the Word,” and media ecologist Jacques Ellul wrote The Humiliation of the Word, we can perhaps say that we stand at a “Crossroads of the Word.”

Convention Coordinator: Thom Gencarelli (thom.gencarelli{at}

200 participants are scheduled to present, representing 24 countries (in addition to the U.S.).

Featured Speakers

Sherry Turkle, Abby Rockefeller Mauzé Professor of the Social Studies of Science and Technology at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and author of The Second SelfLife on the Screen, and her latest book Alone Together
(Thursday evening, June 7th)

Douglas Rushkoff (, winner of the MEA’s first Neil Postman award for Career Achievement in Public Intellectual Activity, author of ten books including the recent Program or Be Programmed: Ten Commands for a Digital Age, and producer of three Frontline documentaries including “Merchants of Cool”, “The Persuaders”, and “Digital Nation” 
(Friday, June 8th)

Terence P. Moran, Professor of Media, Culture, and Communication at New York University, one of the three founding members of NYU’s media ecology doctoral program, and author of Selling War to America: From the Spanish American War to the Global War on Terror and Introduction to The History of Communication: Evolutions and Revolutions
(Saturday, June 9th)

Jaron Lanier (, computer scientist, composer, visual artist, author of You are Not a Gadget, and one of Time magazine’s “100 People” for 2010 
(Saturday evening, June 9th)

The program will also include plenary sessions in celebration of the centenary of the birth of Walter J. Ong and Jacques Ellul.

For additional information about campus and hotel housing, subway directions and to register go to:

Two of the Keynote Speakers

 Sherry Turkle


Douglas Rushkoff

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