media ecology, Marshall McLuhan, Jack Goody, systems-theory, literacy studies, new media, social construction


Arts and Humanities


This paper provides a brief review of media ecology. It is partly a micro-history of the tradition, and partly a philosophical clarification of how and why “systems-theory orientations,” literacy studies, and the rapid spread of new media were all essential to its germination, growth, and proliferation. Finally, the paper offers concluding remarks regarding social constructionist thought and how it relates to the media ecology tradition.

Original Citation

Anton, C. (2016). On the Roots of Media Ecology: A Micro-History and Philosophical Clarification. Philosophies, 1(2), 126–132.