The Media Ecology

Lesson 1

You whot?

Wiki says: ‘the study of media, technology, and communication and how they affect human environments.’

ECOLOGY = NATURE…

Some symbiotic relationships within an ecosystem:

Cleaner Bird & Crocodile

Meanwhile, the crocodile is also benefitting from this arrangement. Food stuck in the mouth of the crocodile can cause infection, and the plover bird’s picking cleans the crocodile’s teeth. Therefore, when a crocodile needs its mouth cleaned, it will open it and wait for the plover bird’s help

Clown fish & sea anemone

The clownfish and the sea anemone help each other survive in the ocean. The clownfish, while being provided with food, cleans away fish and algae leftovers from the anemone. In addition, the sea anemones are given better water circulation because the clownfish fan their fins while swimming about

NATURAL ECOSYSTEMS

THE CIRCLE OF LIFE

The Water Cycle – PRECIPITATION, SATURATION, EVAPORATION, TRANSPORTATION, CONDENSATION

GLOBAL Oceanic Currents + Tides

TASK 1: Create your own system – interdependency, symbiosis

Lego Lands:  in a group, using lego, create a ‘world’, ‘place’, ‘business’, ‘community’, ‘machine’ or a ‘system’ where the components are all linked and rely on each other – are interdependent.  Could be a shop, park, house, business, airline, forest, pond etc.

Talk the class through your ‘ecosystem’ once you have completed it.

A Media Ecology or Ecosystem?

TASK 2:

In pairs your teacher will allocate one component from the Media Ecology listed in the slideshow.

Consider the significance of your component and thing of three arguments as to how it might work with or effect other components within the system.  You will have to do some research.

DEBATE:

‘Our component of the Media Ecology is most important/significant because…’

Lesson 2
TASK 3:

Create a info-graphic or diagram which includes all the components in the Media Ecology and show at least one IMPACT, BENEFIT OR RELATIONSHIP that each component has with (at least) one other…

TASK 3

Read this article about how behaviours of the younger audience are having a dramatic effect on the Media Ecology

YOUR MEDIA ECOLOGY MIND-MAPS

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