For my final research paper, I will be using Media ecology to study media environments and how those environments affect people and society. I am writing my paper on the Whole Earth. In my paper I will be comparing and contrasting the news from Whole Earth compared to news from a “main stream” source. Through media ecology I will examine everything from how the two medias create and environment and how that environment influences our thinking to how specific types of media affect our perceptions because of the medium used. I hope to analyze the two forms of mass media and the far-reaching consequences for how we understand the world. I look forward to comparing “main stream news” to “alternative news,” in order to better understand the way media effect people and society.