Waterlines: Confluence and Hope through Environmental Communication. The 15th biennial Conference on Communication and Environment (COCE). June 17-21, 2019, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada

An Ecology of Communication: Response and Responsibility in an Age of Ecocrisis

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Homestead, William
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Abstract: This paper explores an ethics of listening via the dialogic interplay among rational, mythic-animistic, aesthetic, and spiritual forms of communication. I begin with Calvin O. Schrag’s articulation of transversal rationality and rational communication, which is open to traversing and integrating insights from Ken Wilber on human development and spiritual communication, attributes of hunter-gatherer mythic-animistic communication via the work of Paul Shepard, and the practice aesthetic communication disclosed by Gregory Bateson. This dialogic interplay, or ecology of communication, moves us beyond the anthropocentric bias of communication study, and moves us toward a listening-based model of communication; moves long in coming, late in arrival, and essential to fitting responses and responsibility in an age of ecocrisis.