In 1968, during a conference at the National Council of Teachers of English, the term "media ecology" was officially introduced by Neil Postman.
Today, the term is more diversified than ever.
The threat of climate change, as well as other major events, have opened the eyes of the world. And not only on a physical level, but also digitally.
Hence, awareness work is now being carried out under the banner of digital ecology, but how exactly does it work?
Ecology in digital media
The era of digitization has brought us many good changes.
The first and most important has been in education.
Although they are not all, the vast majority of countries are applying remote education.
For the first time, parents are really involved and notice the great effort of the teachers.
One of the biggest proofs is the recent viral phrase circulating on the net: "Many parents are now realizing that it is not the teacher's fault, but their children's fault".
Of course, this education does not only apply to schools; We also find it in educational platforms where specialists provide their knowledge forged from studies and experience.
Learn to play the violin with lessons online, today it is possible.
Another clear example is entertainment such as streaming or the United States lotteries like the Powerball.
Before, you could only participate in the US lottery if you were within the country and bought a ticket there. Now the demands are more flexible.
And, if you don't like any of the movies that are showing on the state channels, you can simply connect your television to the internet and access an endless number of varied programming.
But, although everything seems to be perfect, nothing is too good, and digital ecology seeks to combat the extremes, which are as diverse as the possibilities offered by the network.
Terms like hyperconnectivity, infoxication, instant gratification, communicative laziness and fake news, among many others, were born because of all the info-garbage that accumulated on the internet, and that continues to grow.
These excesses have made one of the biggest concerns raised by Eduardo Galeno come true: "Better to create the future than to suffer it."
In other words, we are suffering from the future from the moment that our technological evolution surpassed our evolution as a species. And we must do something now, before our children suffer the worst of it.
But how is digital ecology practiced?
Ideally, everyone should continue to have free access to information. However, you must sharpen your eyes and criteria to know how to identify digital garbage and ask for it to be removed.
For example, going back to the case of the lottery, the powerball results are of worldwide interest now that they can be played from anywhere. You can also play it online.
However, something that is digital garbage and that we often overlook is the “viral” content of some “challenges” that appear on the internet.
Therefore, digital ecology starts from home.
On the one hand, parental control for the little ones, and on the other, training days for the older ones.
Remember that being a child or an old man in a hyper-connected world is terrifying; we cannot allow technology to devour them.