Communication Associate Professor Cheryl Casey’s recent book New Media, Communication, and Society, has been selected as a finalist for the Media Ecology Association’s annual book awards. Casey co-authored the book with Mary Ann Allison, a fellow colleague from Hofstra University.
The textbook focuses on media ecology and is recommended for introductory undergraduate media studies classes. Each chapter in the book can stand on its own and addresses a media issue in order to understand its implications.
According to Dr. Casey, the study of media ecology focuses on how humans interact with and interpret different forms of media. In this case, form means “the type of medium—watching a movie at home is quite different from watching a movie in the theater, for several reasons. Media creates an environment that shapes how we all think about and behave in the world.”
Both media and communication are always personally and professionally relevant, said Casey. Prospective communication students can go on to enter industries such as business, publication relations, journalism, media, healthcare, non-profits, law, education, government, and much more.
No matter what students go on to do, Casey said they shouldn’t forget that “Communication is always relevant yet always changing. It’s fundamental to our existence as human beings. What separates us from the rest of the animal kingdom is symbolic communication to the best of our knowledge.”
“We are the only species that communicates symbolically to the complexity that we do. That is mind-blowing to me.”
Casey offered a few tips for people interested in effective communication:
- Have in-person conversations.
- Understand the role of your digital devices in your life—take an occasional break from them, just to remind yourself not to take them for granted.
- Take a public speaking class.
- Read. A lot. Whether it’s physical books or on a kindle. Read stories that are longer than 240 characters.