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2017 Awards

The Marshall McLuhan Award for Outstanding Book in the Field of Media Ecology:

Tim Wu for The Attention Merchants: The Epic Scramble to Get Inside Our Heads

About Tim

[Tim Wu is a professor at Columbia Law School, and a contributing opinion writer for the New York Times. He is best known for his work on Net Neutrality theory. He is author of the books The Master Switch, and The Attention Merchants, along with Network Neutrality, Broadband Discrimination, and other works. In 2013 he was named one of America’s 100 Most Influential Lawyers, and in 2017 he was named to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences…]

The Walter Benjamin Award for Outstanding Article in the Field of Media Ecology:

Brett Lunceford for Chained to the Dialer, or Frederick Taylor Reaches out and Touches Someone

About Brett

[Brett was born in California and has lived up and down the West coast, as well as the East coast and the Gulf coast. He has worked as a technical editor in the cable internet industry, a video editor, a collections agent, a pizza maker, a certified nurse’s aide, and a whole lot of other things. In his free time he enjoys creating experimental music. He performs noise and dark ambient music under the names Stolen Light and Goose, respectively. Between the two projects he has over thirty releases and tracks on compilations from all over the world. When he is not creating his own music, he reviews experimental music for the webzine ChainDLK. He is also an avid cook…]

The Erving Goffman Award for Outstanding Scholarship in the Ecology of Social Interaction:

Gary T. Marx for Windows into the Soul: Surveillance and Society in an Age of high Technology

About Gary

[Gary T. Marx is Professor Emeritus from M.I.T. He has worked in the areas of race and ethnicity, collective behavior and social movements, law and society and surveillance studies. He is the author of Protest and Prejudice, Undercover: Police Surveillance in America, Windows Into the Soul: Surveillance and Society in an Age of High technology, and Collective Behavior and Social Movements (with Doug McAdam); and editor of Racial Conflict: Tension and Change in American Society, Muckraking Sociology, Undercover: Police Surveillance in Comparative Perspective (with C. Fijnaut) and other books…]

The Susanne K. Langer Award for Outstanding Scholarship in the Ecology of Symbolic Form:

Jeff Scheible for Digital Shift: The Cultural Logic of Punctuation

About Jeff

[Jeff Scheible’s research is focused on theorizing and historicizing contemporary media. It is interdisciplinary and comparative, drawing on film, digital culture, television, video, philosophy, and art. His first book, Digital Shift: The Cultural Logic of Punctuation, was published by University of Minnesota Press in 2015.]

The Dorothy Lee Award for Outstanding Scholarship in the Ecology of Culture:

Caroline Levine for Forms: Whole, Rhythm, Hierarchy, Network

About Caroline

[Caroline Levine has spent her career asking how and why the humanities and the arts matter, especially in democratic societies. She argues for the understanding of forms and structures as crucial to understanding links between art and society. She is the author of three books, The Serious Pleasures of Suspense: Victorian Realism and Narrative Doubt (2003, winner of the Perkins Prize for the best book in narrative studies), Provoking Democracy: Why We Need the Arts (2007), and Forms: Whole, Rhythm, Hierarchy, Network (2015, named one of Flavorwire’s “10 Must-Read Academic Books of 2015”).]

The Lewis Mumford Award for Outstanding Scholarship in the Ecology of Technics:

Karen Rader and Victoria Cain for Life on Display: Revolutionizing U.S. Museums of Science and Natural History in the Twentieth Century

Karen and Victoria

[Karen Rader studies the intellectual, cultural, and social history of the modern life sciences in the United States. She holds degrees in Biology (B.S.) from Loyola College (now Loyola University) in Maryland, and History & Philosophy of Science (M.A. and Ph.D.) from Indiana University. Victoria Cain has published widely on the history of American museums, exhibitions, collecting, film, and photography. Her first book, Life on Display: Revolutionizing Museums of Science and Nature in the United States (University of Chicago Press, 2014), is a social and cultural history of exhibition in twentieth-century museums of science and nature, and was co-authored with Karen Rader. Her current research focuses on the rise and spread of media technologies in twentieth-century American schools.]

The Harold A. Innis Award for Outstanding Thesis or Dissertation in the Field of Media Ecology:

David James Paterno for Technology Translated: The Communicational Facilitation of Medium

About David

[David has spent the past twenty years teaching Communication Studies in the United States. Institutions include Rutgers University, The University at Albany (SUNY), Montclair State University, The City University of New York (BMCC), and the County College of Morris. For the past twelve years, he was a tenured member of the faculty at Delaware County Community College in Media, PA. His research and teaching interests are at the intersection of Interpersonal and Tele-mediated Communication as joined in Communication Theory. He is a distance student and resides in Wellington.]

The Mary Shelley Award for Outstanding Fictional Work:

Ernest Cline for Ready Player One

About Ernest

[Ernest Cline is a novelist, screenwriter, father, and full-time geek. His first novel, Ready Player One, was a New York Times and USA Today bestseller, appeared on numerous “best of the year” lists, and is set to be adapted into a motion picture by Warner Bros. and director Steven Spielberg. His second novel, ARMADA, debuted at #4 on the NYT Bestseller list and is being made into a film by Universal Pictures. Ernie lives in Austin, Texas, with his family, a time-traveling DeLorean, and a large collection of classic video games.]

The John Culkin Award for Outstanding Praxis in the Field of Media Ecology:

Eugene Marlow for “Zikkaron/Kristallnacht” A Family Story

About Eugene

[Eugene Marlow has authored eight books dealing with communications, technology and culture and 90+ articles and chapters in professional and academic journals published in the United States, Germany, Greece, Japan, China, and Russia. In addition to an ongoing interest in media and culture, Marlow is engaged in the field of music. He is an active member of the International Association for Jazz Education, the Jazz Journalists Association, and the New York Composers Circle.]

The Louis Forsdale Award for Outstanding Educator in the Field of Media Ecology:

Valerie Peterson

About Valerie

[Valerie V. Peterson is a Professor of Communication Studies in the School of Communications at Grand Valley State University in Allendale, Michigan, where she teaches Concepts of Communication, Vision and Culture, Critical Interpretation, and other courses. She writes about visual communication, rhetoric, communication theory, sex and sexuality, media ecology, popular culture, and pedagogy. Her book Sex, Ethics, and Communication: A Humanistic Approach to Conversations on Intimacy (2013, Cognella Academic Press) won the Erving Goffman Award for Outstanding Scholarship in the Ecology of Social Interaction from the Media Ecology Association.]

The Jacques Ellul Award for Outstanding Media Ecology Activism:

Rosi Braidotti

About Rosi

[Rosi Braidotti is a Philosopher and Distinguished University Professor at Utrecht University as well as director of the Centre for the Humanities in Utrecht. Braidotti was honored with a Royal Knighthood from Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands; in August 2006 she received the University Medal from the University of Lodz in Poland and she was awarded an Honorary Degree in Philosophy from Helsinki University in May 2007. In 2009, she was elected Honorary Fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities. In 2013 she was awarded an Honorary Degree in Philosophy from Linköping University, Sweden.]

The James W. Carey Award for Outstanding Media Ecology Journalism:

Luca De Biase

About Luca

[Luca De Biase is a journalist and writer. He is the founder and chief editor of Nòva, the science and technology crossplatform section at Il Sole 24 Ore. He is the president of the scientific committee at MediaCivici Association, which is meant to research and help improve the information ecosystem emerging in the social media. He is author of “Homo Pluralis”, “Economia della felicità”, “Il mago d’ebiz” and “In nome del popolo mondiale”.]

The Christine L. Nystrom Award for Career Achievement in Service to the Field of Media Ecology:

Paul Grosswiler

About Paul

[Paul Grosswiler is the author of Method is the Message: Rethinking McLuhan through Critical Theory (1998) and editor of Transforming McLuhan: Cultural, Critical and Postmodern Perspectives (Peter Lang, 2010), as well as more than 35 scholarly articles and book chapters. He is a professor in the department of communication and journalism at the University of Maine, where he teaches media ecology, media ethics, international mass communication and mass communication history. He was a communication and journalism Fulbright scholar at Wuhan University in China in 2000.]

The Edmund S. Carpenter Award for Career Achievement in Editing in the Field of Media Ecology:

Carlos Scolari

About Carlos

[Carlos Alberto Scolari is a communication researcher expert in digital media, interfaces and communication ecology. Building on the tradition of the theories of mass media, since 1990, he has been dedicated to studying new forms of communication arising from the spread of the World Wide Web.]

The Walter J. Ong Award for Career Achievement in Scholarship:

Luciano Floridi

About Luciano

[Luciano Floridi is currently Professor of Philosophy and Ethics of Information at the University of Oxford, Oxford Internet Institute, Governing Body Fellow of St Cross College, Oxford, Senior Member of the Faculty of Philosophy, Research Associate and Fellow in Information Policy at the Department of Computer Science, University of Oxford, and Distinguished Research Fellow of the Oxford Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics.]

The Neil Postman Award for Career Achievement in Public Intellectual Activity:

BBruce Sterling

About Bruce

[Bruce Sterling is an American science fiction author and one of the founders of the cyberpunk movement. He is also known for his work with Wired Magazine through his Beyond the Beyond column.]

The MEA Convention Top Paper Award:

Paul Soukup for Everyone’s Searching for a Savior: Film, Television, Theology, and Media Ecology

About Paul

[Paul Soukup, S.J., serves as the head of the Communication Department, teaches courses in technology and communication, and does research on religious communication. He has authored or edited a number of books and works with both the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops and the American Bible Society on communication issues.]

The Linda Elson Scholar Award for the Top Student Paper:

Bryan Picciotto, for From the Ground to the Clouds: Minimalist and Maximalist Footwear in the Sport of Running

About Bryan