Category: Media, science & technology

Censored 2012

October 4, 2011 | 496 pages
Presents major news stories ignored or underreported by the main stream media in 2010 and 2011. Original.  More Info

How to Disappear

Lyons Pr | September 1, 2010 | 208 pages
Presents advice on how to secure privacy and prevent identity theft, discussing strategies for removing information from public and Internet sources, creating false information trails, and protecting personal records.  More Info

Working in a Global Era : Canadian Perspectives

Canadian Scholars Press | July 17, 2019 | 399 pages
Featuring work by such prolific and talented writers as David Broad, Naomi Klein, Alan Sears, and David Livingstone, this is ideal for those interested in the changing structure of work in Canada and abroad. Its strength comes from its critical perspective as well as the examination of the role of... More Info

You are Still Being Lied to

Disinformation Company | July 17, 2019 | 447 pages
Presents a collection of articles that challenge popular beliefs, covering such topics as the Iraq War, the Bible code, Islam, AIDS, and mass media.  More Info

50 Things You're Not Supposed To Know

Disinformation Company | November 15, 2004 | 143 pages
Reveals fifty facts that have been hidden, distorted, or censored, including a judge's ruling that marijuana is medically beneficial, most corporations pay no federal income tax, and using sunscreen can cause cancer.  More Info

Learnability and Cognition

MIT Press | June 21, 2013 | 528 pages
A classic book about language acquisition and conceptual structure, with a new preface by the author, “The Secret Life of Verbs.”  More Info

Off the Network

June 1, 2013 | 224 pages
The digital world profoundly shapes how we work and consume and also how we play, socialize, create identities, and engage in politics and civic life. Indeed, we are so enmeshed in digital networks—from social media to cell phones—that it is hard to conceive of them from the outside or to... More Info


Pluto Press | May 7, 2013 | 176 pages
Biohackers explores fundamental changes occurring in the circulation and ownership of scientific information. Alessandro Delfanti argues that the combination of the ethos of 20th century science, the hacker movement and the free software movement is producing an open science culture which redefines... More Info


May 14, 2013 | 304 pages
Blum has created a lively guide to the very physical-world upon which our cyber-lives depend.—The Globe and Mail When your Internet cable leaves your living room, where does it go? Almost everything about our day-to-day lives and the broader scheme of human culture can be found on the Internet.... More Info

Digital Methods

MIT Press (MA) | May 3, 2013 | 280 pages
In Digital Methods, Richard Rogers proposes a methodological outlook for social andcultural scholarly research on the Web that seeks to move Internet research beyond the study ofonline culture. It is not a toolkit for Internet research, or operating instructions for a softwarepackage; it deals with... More Info

Fatal Flaws

May 14, 2013 | 272 pages
An excellent read.—Quill & Quire (starred review) Most people have never heard of prions. Indeed, most are only-barely aware of the diseases they cause, except, perhaps, for-mad cow disease. Yet prions are the stuff of a revolutionary science—a science that might lead to cures for some of... More Info

Self Illusion

HarperPerennial | May 14, 2013 | 304 pages
Wonderful. Illuminating. Full of insight, beauty and-humor. —David Eagleman, author of Incognito and Sum The Self Illusion is about the science of self—the truth behind the illusion that we all share, that we exist as individuals inside our bodies and are in control of our own thoughts and... More Info

Democracy And New Media

MIT Press | July 17, 2019 | 385 pages
Essays on the promise and dangers of the Internet for democracy.  More Info

Access denied

The MIT Press | July 17, 2019 | 449 pages
A study of Internet blocking and filtering around the world: analyses by leading researchers and survey results that document filtering practices in dozens of countries.  More Info

Buy It Now

Duke University Press Books | July 10, 2012 | 317 pages
In Buy It Now, Michele White examines eBay and its emphasis on community and social norms, revealing the cultural assumptions about gender, race, and sexuality that are reinforced throughout the site. She shows how instructional texts, rule systems, and advertisements "configure the user," allowing... More Info

Brain Wars

HarperPerennial | May 7, 2013 | 320 pages
An acclaimed neuroscientist transforms our understanding of the relationship between the brain, the mind and consciousness Where does our sense of self originate? What happens to us after our body perishes? Can the mind exist without the body? These profound questions have engendered considerable... More Info

The Juggler's Children

Random House Canada | August 2, 2011 | 288 pages
Carolyn Abraham explores the stunning power and ethical pitfalls of using genetic tests to answer questions of genealogy--by cracking the genome of her own family. Recently, tens of thousands of people have been drawn to mail-order DNA tests to learn about their family roots. Abraham investigates... More Info


MIT Press (MA) | April 5, 2013 | 304 pages
The vast majority of all email sent every day is spam, a variety of idiosyncraticallyspelled requests to provide account information, invitations to spend money on dubious products, andpleas to send cash overseas. Most of it is caught by filters before ever reaching an in-box. Wheredoes it come... More Info

Letters to a Young Scientist

Liveright Publishing Corporation | April 15, 2013 | 192 pages
Pulitzer Prize-winning biologist Edward O. Wilson imparts the wisdom of his storied career to the next generation.  More Info

The serpent and the rainbow

Pocket Books | August 5, 1997 | 297 pages
Reissued to coincide with the release of "One River"--a chronicle of Davis' exploration of the Amazon rain forest--"The Serpent and the Rainbow" presents the author's account of his venture into the heart of Haiti, on a search for a powerful sedative--a "zombie drug". "Exotic and... More Info

Ambient Commons

MIT Press (MA) | March 8, 2013 | 320 pages
The world is filling with ever more kinds of media, in ever more contexts andformats. Glowing rectangles have become part of the scene; screens, large and small, appeareverywhere. Physical locations are increasingly tagged and digitally augmented. Sensors, processors,and memory are not found only... More Info

Present Shock

Current | March 21, 2013 | 256 pages
An award-winning author explores how the world works in our age of “continuous now” Back in the 1970s, futurism was all the rage. But looking forward is becoming a thing of the past. According to Douglas Rushkoff, “presentism” is the new ethos of a society that's always on, in real time,... More Info

The Fine Print

Penguin | September 18, 2012 | 305 pages
The Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Perfectly Legal and Free Lunch presents a sobering analysis of the ways everyday people are systematically victimized by corporate interests, revealing small-print tactics in commonplace consumer agreements while sharing recommendations for how to combat... More Info

Why I Buy

Intellect Books | March 15, 2013 | 166 pages
Why do we buy? How do our acts of—and ideas about—consumption impact our selves, our institutions, and our societies? An incisive response to these questions, Why I Buy explains how consumption came to give meaning and value to social and personal life. Balancing psychological, conceptual, and... More Info

The Nature of the Future

Free Press | April 9, 2013 | 256 pages
A renowned futurist offers a vision of a reinvented world. Large corporations, big governments, and other centralized organizations have long determined and dominated the way we work, access healthcare, get an education, feed ourselves, and generally go about our lives. The economist Ronald Coase,... More Info

The Social Media Reader

March 1, 2012 | 289 pages
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Our Biometric Future

January 23, 2011 | 263 pages
"Gates deftly explores the cultural work performed by facial recognition technologies, and in so doing demonstrates considerable skill in the critical analysis of emergent technologies. This book represents a significant contribution to our understanding about the ongoing elaboration of... More Info

Your Ad Here

April 5, 2013 | 224 pages
“It is a truism that, in media, everyone knows they are being sold something all the time. It is exactly because of this that we become blind to the subtle seductions of contemporary commercial culture—and Michael Serazio is here to open our eyes.” —Mark Deuze, author of Media Life and... More Info

Spreadable Media

January 21, 2013 | 352 pages
Challenges some of the prevailing metaphors and frameworks used to describe contemporary media—from biological metaphors like "memes" and "viral" to the concept of "Web 2.0" and the popular notion of "influencers"— and examines the nature of audience engagement, the environment of... More Info


Carcanet Press | January 1, 2013 | 244 pages
Is medical research always fully aware of its consequences? Does science need to grow a conscience? Or are we in danger of being too distrustful of science? Of demolishing it, even? These, and other questions, are explored in this anthology, featuring specially commissioned short stories by... More Info

Beyond Human?

By Bryant
Lion Pub | April 1, 2013 | 256 pages
An exploration of what the most significant scientific advances of recent years mean for us as humans Recent scientific advances have made it possible to do the unthinkable—clone, design one's own babies, "genetically enhance" soldiers, and wipe out entire populations with a simple airborne... More Info

The Great Indian Phone Book

April 2, 2013 | 336 pages
Over just a decade in India, the mobile phone was transformed from a rare, unwieldy instrument to a palm-sized staple that even poor fisherman can afford. Assa Doron and Robin Jeffrey investigate the social revolution ignited by what may be the most significant communications device in history and... More Info

Learning at Not-School

MIT Press | October 5, 2012 | 100 pages
Schools do not define education, and they are not the only institutions in whichlearning takes place. After-school programs, music lessons, Scouts, summer camps, on-the-jobtraining, and home activities all offer out-of-school educational experiences. In Learningat Not-School, Julian Sefton-Green... More Info

Radicalizing Enactivism

MIT Press | December 14, 2012 | 206 pages
Most of what humans do and experience is best understood in terms of dynamicallyunfolding interactions with the environment. Many philosophers and cognitive scientists nowacknowledge the critical importance of situated, environment-involving embodied engagements as ameans of understanding basic... More Info

Bad Pharma

Signal Books | February 5, 2013 | 448 pages
We all feel uncomfortable about the role of profit in healthcare, we all have a vague notion that the global $600bn pharmaceutical industry is somehow evil and untrustworthy, but that sense rarely goes beyond a flaky, undifferentiated new age worldview.Bad Pharmaputs real flesh on those bones,... More Info

I Know Who You Are and I Saw What You Did

Free Press | January 1, 2013 | 272 pages
Social networks, the defining cultural movement of our time, offer many freedoms. But as we work and shop and date over the Web, we are opening ourselves up to intrusive privacy violations by employers, the police, and aggressive data collection companies that sell our information to any and all... More Info

The Wild Life of Our Bodies

Harper | June 21, 2011 | 304 pages
A biologist shows the influence of wild species on our well-being and the world and how nature still clings to us—and always will. We evolved in a wilderness of parasites, mutualists, and pathogens, but we no longer see ourselves as being part of nature and the broader community of life. In the... More Info


MIT Press (MA) | September 21, 2012 | 320 pages
Why we complain about communication overload even as we seek new ways tocommunicate.  More Info

The Big Disconnect

August 24, 2012 | 306 pages
Argues that our growing technological world is detrimental to the human spirit and that people need to reconnect with not only other people, but also the non-human natural world. Original.  More Info

Radio Fields

November 19, 2012 | 296 pages
Radio is the most widespread electronic medium in the world today. As a form of technology that is both durable and relatively cheap, radio remains central to the everyday lives of billions of people around the globe. It is used as a call for prayer in Argentina and Appalachia, to organize... More Info

Cycling Science

November 15, 2012 | 192 pages
Every July hundreds of thousands flock to the Champs-Élysées in Paris—and millions more to their televisions and computers—to witness the dramatic conclusion of the grueling three weeks of the Tour de France. There is no better measure of the worldwide love of the bicycle. But of the 1.2... More Info

The Great Fossil Enigma

November 6, 2012 | 416 pages
Stephen Jay Gould borrowed from Winston Churchill when he described the conodont animal as a "riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma." This animal confounded science for more than a century. Some thought it a slug, others a fish, a worm, a plant, even a primitive ancestor of ourselves. The... More Info

Who's in Charge?

Ecco | September 11, 2012 | 272 pages
There is no "you" consciously making decisions. So how do we make decisions? How can we have free will if we don't pull the levers on our own behavior? What moral and legal implications follow if we don't have free will? Who's in Charge? is a primer for a new era in the understanding of human... More Info

Moonwalking with Einstein

Penguin Paperbacks | February 28, 2012 | 320 pages
Citing costly memory-related inconveniences suffered by average individuals, a science journalist chronicles his own struggles with chronic forgetfulness and his life-changing year in memory training, in a guide that shares historical lore and ancient memory techniques. Reprint. 250,000 first... More Info

The Genealogical Science

May 4, 2012 | 312 pages
The Genealogical Science analyzes the scientific work and social implications of the flourishing field of genetic history. A biological discipline that relies on genetic data in order to reconstruct the geographic origins of contemporary populations—their histories of migration and genealogical... More Info

Smoking Typewriters

Oxford University Press, USA | February 17, 2011 | 277 pages
What caused the New Left rebellion of the 1960s? In SMOKING TYPEWRITERS, historian John McMillian argues that the "underground press" contributed to the New Left's growth and cultural organization in crucial, overlooked ways.--  More Info

A Planet of Viruses

April 30, 2012 | 272 pages
Explores the hidden world of viruses, explaining how they profoundly affect human lives and updating the reader in current virus-related issues, such has the frenetic evolution of the HIV virus, which could pose greater dangers in the future. By the author of Parasite Rex.  More Info

Sex, Drugs, and Sea Slime

April 15, 2012 | 200 pages
When viewed from a quiet beach, the ocean, with its rolling waves and vast expanse, can seem calm, even serene. But hidden beneath the sea's waves are a staggering abundance and variety of active creatures, engaged in the never-ending struggles of life—to reproduce, to eat, and to avoid being... More Info

Hawking Incorporated

June 28, 2012 | 272 pages
These days, the idea of the cyborg is less the stuff of science fiction and more a reality, as we are all, in one way or another, constantly connected, extended, wired, and dispersed in and through technology. One wonders where the individual, the person, the human, and the body are—or,... More Info

The AIDS Conspiracy

Columbia Univ Pr | January 20, 2012 | 224 pages
Examines conspiracy theories surrounding HIV and AIDS, focusing on two main widely believed falsehoods--that America manufactured AIDS to be a biological weapon and the belief that HIV is harmless and the true cause of AIDS are antiretroviral drugs.  More Info