media ecology

"Begun in 1970, the Media Ecology Program focuses on the study of transactions among people, their messages, and their message systems. More particularly, media ecology studies how media of communication affect human perception, feeling, understanding, and values. This program of study is concerned, therefore, with the question: what is communication?"

"Graduate students and faculty conduct inquiries into the theory, history, philosophy, anthropology, sociology, and psychology of communication and into the structure and effects of communication media. These inquiries range from language and nonverbal communication to mass media and technology. In essence, the program offers an active learning community within which professors and students join in the quest for understanding communication."

Excerpted from the Department of Culture and Communication's web site.

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