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Would Narcissus Love Digital Gaming?

Communication professor’s research paper applying the Narcissus myth to digital media earns him the distinction of being the only person to win the Media Ecology Association’s Top Paper Award twice.

Date: 8/20/2012
By: Tom Robinette
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There’s a myth in the making about Eric Jenkins: He’s the only person to twice win the Top Paper Award at the Media Ecology Association (MEA) Convention – and he did it in consecutive years.
Eric Jenkins was honored for his paper "Updating Narcissus, the Ur-Myth of Media, for the Digital Age."

The winning paper for this year by the assistant professor of communication was titled "Updating Narcissus, the Ur-Myth of Media, for the Digital Age," and it applies the ancient Greek myth of Narcissus – a man who fell in love with his own reflection – to a digital media context, especially in relation to digital gaming. Jenkins also won the top prize at the 2011 convention.

This year’s event was held from June 7 to 9 at Manhattan College in New York City. According to its website, the MEA is a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting the study, research, criticism and application of media ecology in varied contexts, and the open exchange of ideas, information and research among its constituents.

Jenkins joined the McMicken College of Arts & Sciences in 2010, and his work analyzes the connection between media technology and consumerism, with a particular focus on visual media. His theoretical perspectives include cultural studies, media ecology and critical theory.

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