Information Environmentalism

By Deane Barker on June 24, 2004

E-serenity, now!: This is cited as the first use of the new term “information environmentalism” — something we could all probably use.

The newest polluters are not chemical manufacturers leaking toxins into the air […]

The information age, it seems, is data-contaminated. And it’s not just the volume of information that’s worrisome; it’s the lack of context in which it’s delivered.

At least that is the argument of a new and growing group of people some call “information environmentalists.” Their aim: to reclaim quiet mental space…



  1. David Levy’s “Information Environmentalism” is a bold and blatant rip-off, a mere synonymizing of linguistic terms, of Marshall McLuhan’s term “media ecology” which Neil Postman turned into a department at New York University 33 years ago. There is nothing new, novel, or insightful in it, OTHER than the academic observation that the more syllables one produces, the more folks seem to sit up and take notice. The principles and insights of Levy’s so-called “information environmentalism” have been around for over 40 years in McLuhan, and before that in the works of Innis, Illich, and Chesterton. Like Britney Spears “Like A First-Timer” approach to fame, there’s nothing here that Madonna ain’t already done, done more and done better.

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