The Thirteenth Annual Convention of the Media Ecology Association, Preliminary Program


Manhattan College

JUNE 7-10. 2012

Thursday ][ Friday ][ Saturday ][ Sunday ]

Thursday, June 7 Schedule Only – follow the link at bottom for the complete schedule

10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.                       Registration/Coffee

12:00-12:30 p.m.                                Opening ceremony

Welcoming remarks from:
Thom Gencarelli, MEA Vice President and Convention Coordinator
Brennan O’Donnell, Ph.D., President of Manhattan College
Richard Emmerson, Ph.D., Dean, School of Arts, Manhattan College
James C. Morrison, MEA President

12:45-2:00 p.m.                                  Session 1.1


Crossing into Crosswords: Experiencing the Ludic Turn and the Gamification of Everyday Life

Chair: Liel Leibovitz, New York University

Panelists: James Hodges, New York University
                Holly Robbins, New York University
                Kimberly Thompson-Almanzor. New York University
                Maxwell Foxman, New York University
                Michelle C Forelle, New York University

This roundtable discussion explores how games and play elements have been increasingly incorporated into the daily activities and practices of American life.  While play has become not only a new means of advertising, but also of education, science, technological innovation, and countless other subjects, this roundtable hopes to show not only the prevalence of these game elements, but also the effects of game elements, for both good and ill, as we cross into a new age defined by play.


The Ecology of Social Media

Chair: TBA

“Status Update: Neil Postman on the Amusements of Facebook”
Jill Baszczynski, Medaille College
“First Person Paparazzi: Why Social Media Should be Studied More Like Video Games”
Angela M. Cirucci, Temple University
“The Emerging Importance of the E-book and Its Impact on Publishing”
Judith Dyck, University of Alberta
Teresa Sturgess, University of Alberta 
“The Network is the Narcotic: The Application of Marshall McLuhan’s Narcissus Narcosis to Social Networking Websites”
Abby Selden, Belmont University


Media Ecology and Consumer Culture: Extensions into Cultural Studies

Chair: TBA

“Buying the Best of Times: Banana Republic and Remembering the 1960s
Rebecca Kern, Manhattan College
“The Expanding Christian Marketplace: If You Can Name it or Make it the Christian Marketplace Probably Sells It”
Peter A. Maresco, Sacred Heart University
“Gold Bricks: Dirt, Mud, and Excrement in the Great Chainstore of Being”
Read M. Schuchardt, Wheaton College
“Electronic Media and the American Consumer”
Alexandra Wells, New York University


At the Crossroads of Disciplines and the Academy

Chair: TBA

“The Media Ecology of Citizen Engagement: What Public Intellectuals Do”
Marco Adria, University of Alberta
“Crosswords @ the Crossroads: Media Ecology and Management, Ong and Malone, McLuhans and Moore!”
Fred Cheyunski, Consultant
“Can Intersections between ‘Intermediality’ and Media Ecology Breed New Interdisciplinary Interactions?”
Jean-François Vallée, Université de Montréal
“The Advantages of Interdisciplinarity in Media Ecological Work – a Personal Experience”
David Zweig, Writer

2:15-3:30 p.m.                                    Session 1.2


Word from your TV: Future Prospects for Screen Media

Chair: Lewis Freeman, Fordham University

Panelists: Ashley Fenwick-Naditch, Children’s Media Consultants
    Fran Blumberg, Fordham University
    Jennifer Lavalle, Harvard Graduate School of Education
    Lance Strate, Fordham University
    Alice Kahn, Cartoon Network
    Douglas Rushkoff, The New School
    Lewis Freeman, Fordham University

Recommendations that have emerged from our work focus on the potential for screen media to provide feedback to children and caregivers about their uses of screen media (e.g., time spent watching, messages that appear at intervals tied to time or content, viewing logs/diaries, gaming based on screen content, etc.) and on “talking back” (e.g., through rating systems, interaction with other viewers or fans, online communities for discussion, etc.).  This panel will explore some of these recommendations and address potential benefits and drawbacks of various technologies for enhancing children’s screen media experiences.


Re-conceiving Media in the 21st Century

Chair: Laura Tropp, Marymount Manhattan College

“Film Portrayal of Nannies and the Nuclear Family”
Jaimie Sarubbi, Marymount Manhattan College
“Mobile (Smart) Phones: The Reinvention of the Ideal Teenage Experience”
Howard Rapp, Marymount Manhattan College
“The Relationship between TV and its User: Making TV an Event Again”
Colin Burridge, Marymount Manhattan College

These student papers explore different types of media and technology that have the power to change conceptions of audience and family.  One paper studies the film portrayal of nannies and the way this influences modern-day perceptions of the role of family, particularly the nuclear family.  Another paper explores the way modern cellphone use among teenagers is changing our conception of family structure and hierarchy.  The final paper explores how television technology is shifting control and viewership patterns.


Mobility and the Screen World

Chair: TBA

“Addled Subjectivity and Mobile Devices”
Linda Cooper Berdayes, Barry University
“The Virtualizing of the Word: ‘Isn’t It Nice to Have a Computer That Will Talk to You?’”
Paul Grosswiler, University of Maine 
“The iPhone and Hypersociality”

Dong-Hoo Lee, University of Incheon

“When Flirting Goes Too Far: The Ethics of Sexting” 
Brett Lunceford, University of South Alabama


New Media Meets Old Meets New

Chair: TBA

“How the Social Network Perpetuates Grudges: Facebook as a Faulty Platform for Forgiveness”
Becky Banks, New York University 
“Hoarding the Ethereal: How We Have More Things (and More Problems) but with Less Clutter”
Gayle Gatchalian, New York University
“The Origins of ‘Slow Media’: Early Diffusion of a Cultural Innovation through New Subcultures of Media Avoidance and Resistance”
Jennifer Rauch, Long Island University, Brooklyn Campus

3:45-5:00 p.m.                                    Session 1.3


Pornography @ the Crossroads

Chair: Salvatore J. Fallica, New York University

“Going All The Way: The Pornographication of the Public Sphere”
Jenn Hyland, The New School for Social Research
“Short Songs, Short Skirts: Punk and Porn in the 21st Century”
Kelly Aiken, New York University
“Alternate Identities: Women, Sexuality and Altporn”
Paige MacGregor, New York University

Respondent: Salvatore J. Fallica, New York University

This panel focuses on the social and cultural practices in modern genres of pornography made possible by technological developments of the digital age.  These new social and cultural practices help to provide insight into contemporary sexuality and myriad forms of representation.


Media Ecology in Narrative Analysis

Chair: Michael Grabowski, Manhattan College

“Stanley Kubrick: Photography and Cinema” 
Ashley Choi, Manhattan College
“Narrative Structures as Branding Tools: A Content Analysis of Showtime and HBO” 
Robert Colaianni, Manhattan College
“Re-sacralization in Post-9/11 Gothic Television” 
Amanda Ferrarotto. Manhattan College
“Dario Argento: A Cinema of Attractions Filmmaker” 
Jason Kalmanowitz, Manhattan College


Music, Music, Music…and Media

Chair: TBA

“Meet Me Tonight in Dreamland: A Media Ecological Perspective on the Intersection of Vaudeville, Tin Pan Alley, and the Immigrant Experience”
Robert Albrecht, Jersey City State University
“Bjork’s Biophilia: Beyond Music and Video”
Peter W. Goodman, Hofstra University 
“Pink Floyd’s The Wall: The Import of Mimesis for Media Ecology”
Phil Rose, York University


The Media Ecology of the City

Chair: TBA

“New York: Capital of the 21st Century”
Jenny Batlay, Columbia University
“Global Migration and The City Onscreen
Marcelline Block, Princeton University
“Imagistic Gateways in a Transnational City: ‘How Philly Moves’ and Hyperlocal Media Strategies”
Cailtin Bruce, Northwestern University
“Subway Environment”
Janice Caiafa, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro
“Converging Flows: Transnational Identity, Capital, and Migration in Chinatown”
Jonathan Zalman, New York University

5:30-6:30 p.m.                                    Featured Speaker: Sherry Turkle

Moderator: Douglas Rushkoff

Sherry Turkle is Abby Rockefeller Mauzé Professor of the Social Studies of Science and Technology at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and the Founder and current Director of the MIT Initiative on Technology and Self.  A psychoanalytically-trained sociologist and psychologist, Prof. Turkle is the author of, among her other works,The Second Self: Computers and the Human Spirit (Simon and Schuster, 1984 and the 20th Anniversary Edition from MIT Press, 2005), Life on the Screen: Identity in the Age of the Internet (Simon and Schuster, 1995), and her most recent book, Alone Together: Why We Expect More from Technology and Less from Each Other (Basic Books, 2011).  Profiles of Prof. Turkle have appeared in publications including The New York TimesScientific American, and Wired Magazine, and she has been named “Woman of the Year” by Ms. Magazine.  She has also been featured as a media commentator on the social and psychological effects of technology for CBS, NBC, ABC, CNN, the BBC, and NPR – including appearances on such programs as NightlineFrontline20/20, and The Colbert Report.
6:30-7:30 p.m.                                    Cocktail Reception


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