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By Jacob Smith

The unfavourable environmental results of media tradition aren't usually stated: the gasoline required to maintain large server farms in operation, landfills filled with excessive tech junk, and the extraction of infrequent minerals for units reliant on them are only the various hidden charges of the modern mediascape. Eco-Sonic Media brings an ecological critique to the heritage of sound media applied sciences so that it will magnify the environmental undertones in sound reviews and switch up the audio in discussions of greening the media. through early and missed different types of sound know-how, Jacob Smith seeks to create a revisionist, ecologically conscious background of sound media. Delving into the heritage of pre-electronic media like hand-cranked gramophones, relatively green media artifacts reminiscent of the shellac discs that preceded using petroleum-based vinyl, early different types of moveable expertise like divining rods, or even using songbirds as household song machines, Smith builds a scaffolding of old case stories to illustrate how "green media archaeology" could make sound stories vibrate at an ecological frequency whereas commencing the ears of eco-criticism. all through this eye-opening and well timed ebook he makes readers extra conscious of the prices and effects in their own media intake via prompting comparisons with non-digital, non-electronic applied sciences and by way of supplying other ways during which sound media can develop into eco-sonic media. within the procedure, he forges interdisciplinary connections, opens new avenues of analysis, and poses clean theoretical questions for students and scholars of media, sound reports, and modern environmental history.

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