Sustainable Media explores the many ways that media and environment are intertwined from the exploitation of natural and human resources during media production to the installation and disposal of media in the landscape; from people’s engagement with environmental issues in film, television, and digital media to the mediating properties of ecologies themselves. Edited by Nicole Starosielski and Janet Walker, the assembled chapters expose how the social and representational practices of media culture are necessarily caught up with technologies, infrastructures, and environments.Through in-depth analyses of media theories, practices, and objects including cell phone towers, ecologically-themed video games, Geiger counters for registering radiation, and sound waves traveling through the ocean, contributors question the sustainability of the media we build, exchange, and inhabit and chart emerging alternatives for media ecologies.

chapter |20 pages


Sustainable Media
ByJanet Walker, Nicole Starosielski

part |72 pages

Resource Media

chapter |15 pages

500,000 Kilowatts of Stardust

An Ecomaterialist Reframing of Singin' in the Rain
ByHunter Vaughan

chapter |18 pages

Pipeline Ecologies

Rural Entanglements of Fiber-Optic Cables
ByNicole Starosielski

chapter |21 pages

Making Data Sustainable

Backup Culture and Risk Perception
ByShane Brennan

chapter |16 pages

“There Ain't No Gettin' Offa This Train”

Final Fantasy VII and the Pwning of Environmental Crisis
ByColin Milburn

part |68 pages

Social Ecologies, Mediating Environments

chapter |18 pages

Mediating Infrastructures

(Im)Mobile Toxicity and Cell Antenna Publics
ByRahul Mukherjee

chapter |15 pages

The Lack of Media

The Invisible Domain post 3.11
ByMinori Ishida

chapter |18 pages

Ping and the Material Meanings of Ocean Sound

ByJohn Shiga

chapter |15 pages

“Going the Distance”

Steadicam's Ecological Aesthetic
ByAmy Rust

part |52 pages

(Un)sustainable Materialities

chapter |17 pages

Ecologies of Fabrication

BySean Cubitt

chapter |16 pages

Re-thingifying the Internet of Things

ByJennifer Gabrys

chapter |17 pages

So-called Nature

Friedrich Kittler and Ecological Media Materialism
ByJussi Parikka

part |67 pages

Scaling, Modeling, Coupling

chapter |17 pages

Think Galactically, Act Microscopically?

The Science of Scale in Video Games
ByAlenda Y. Chang

chapter |16 pages

Toward Symbiosis

Human-viral Futures in the “Molecular Movies”
ByBishnupriya Ghosh

chapter |16 pages

Coupling Complexity

Ecological Cybernetics as a Resource for Nonrepresentational Moves to Action
ByErica Robles-Anderson, Max Liboiron

chapter |17 pages

The Invisible Axis

From Polar Media to Planetary Networks
ByPeter Krapp