Lance Strate

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Dr. Lance Strate. Founder of the Media Ecology Association.

Lance A. Strate is an American Professor of Communication and Media Studies at Fordham University, and an expert in the field of Communication and Cyberspace and Social Interaction in an Electronic Environment.


Lance Strate is a native New Yorker, He earned his B.S. at Cornell University, his M.A. in Communication at Queens College (CUNY), and his Ph.D. in media ecology from New York University.[1]


One of the founders of the Media Ecology Association, he has served as the organization's President since its inception. He is also a Past President of the New York State Communication Association. His scholarship has focused on the development of media ecology as a field of inquiry, with special attention to the work of Marshall McLuhan, Walter Ong, and Neil Postman; on the historical relationship between modes of communication and sociocultural phenomena such as heroes, religion, nationalism, the city, the self, and consciousness; on the impact of new technologies and digital media including online communications and mobile telephony; on media history and futurism; on language and symbolic communication as it relates to media and technology; on communication and autism; on popular culture phenomena including television, film, baseball, masculinity and alcohol, the sense of smell, and science fiction and fantasy. He has served as editor of the Speech Communication Annual, and Explorations in media ecology, and is supervisory editor of the media ecology book series published by Hampton Press.

He is active in a number of other organizations, including serving on the National Advisory Board of the Walter Ong Center at Saint Louis University, a Review Committee Member for the Carl Couch Center's James W. Carey Award, and a member of the editorial board of several journals, including The Journal of Applied Communication Research, Qualitative Research Reports, and Razón y Palabra. Among the honors he has received is the New York State Communication Association's John F. Wilson Fellow Award in recognition for exceptional scholarship, leadership, and dedication to the field of communication; the June 2003 Book of the Month Award from the Resource Center for Cyberculture Studies for the anthology he co-edited, Communication and Cyberspace: Social Interaction in an Electronic Environment (2nd edition); and the Proclamation by Mayor Wellington E. Webb "that February 15, 2002 be known as Dr. Lance Strate Day in the City and County of Denver" in honor of the keynote address he delivered at the 2002 Convention of the Rocky Mountain Communication Association.

Lance also serves as President of Congregation Adas Emuno, located in Leonia, New Jersey.

Media Ecology[edit]

Media ecology is the study of media environments, the idea that technology and techniques, modes of information and codes of communication play a leading role in human affairs.

Media ecology "is" the Toronto School, and the New York School. It "is" technological determinism, hard and soft, and technological evolution. It "is" media logic, medium theory, mediology.

It "is" McLuhan Studies, orality–literacy studies, American cultural studies. It "is" grammar and rhetoric, semiotics and systems theory, the history and the philosophy of technology.

It "is" the postindustrial and the postmodern, and the preliterate and prehistoric.


  • 1987, Neil Postman, Christine Nystrom, Lance Strate, and Charles Weingartner. Myths, Men, and Beer: An Analysis of Beer Commercials on Broadcast Television. Falls Church, VA: American Automobile Association Foundation for Traffic Safety.
  • 2000, Robin Andersen and Lance Strate (Eds.). Critical Studies in Media Commercialism. London: Oxford University Press.
  • 2003, Lance Strate, Ron Jacobson, and Stephanie Gibson (Eds.). Communication and Cyberspace: Social Interaction in an Electronic Environment (2nd ed.). Cresskill, NJ: Hampton Press, 2003.
  • 2005, Lance Strate and Edward Wachtel (Eds.). The Legacy of McLuhan. Cresskill, NJ: Hampton Press
  • 2006, Lance Strate. Echoes and Reflections: On Media Ecology as a Field of Study. Cresskill, NJ: Hampton Press.
  • 2012, Anton Corey and Lance Strate. Korzybski And... , Institute of General Semantics


  1. ^ Lance State short bio, retrieved 15 April 2008

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