Category: Media, science & technology

Taken for Grantedness

MIT Press (MA) | October 26, 2012 | 256 pages
Why do we feel insulted or exasperated when our friends and family don't answer theirmobile phones? If the Internet has allowed us to broaden our social world into a virtual friend-net,the mobile phone is an instrument of a more intimate social sphere. The mobile phone provides ataken-for-granted... More Info

Networked: The New

MIT Press | April 27, 2012 | 358 pages
Looks at the way of life enabled by online social networking and mobile devices, arguing that the large, loose social circles of networked individuals allow greater opportunities and greater freedom from small-scale, tightly-knit groups.  More Info

The Technology of Nonviolence

MIT Press | July 13, 2012 | 288 pages
How technology and community organizing can combine to help prevent violence, with examples from Chicago to Sri Lanka.  More Info

The Secret War Between Downloading and Uploading

The MIT Press | February 1, 2011 | 219 pages
As we hurtle into thetwenty-first century, will we be passive downloaders of content or activeuploaders of meaning?  More Info

Good Faith Collaboration

MIT Press (MA) | September 21, 2012 | 264 pages
How Wikipedia collaboration addresses the challenges of openness, consensus, andleadership in a historical pursuit for a universal encyclopedia.  More Info

Digital Dead End

MIT Press (MA) | September 14, 2012 | 266 pages
The realities of the high-tech global economy for women and families in the UnitedStates.  More Info

The Master Switch

By Tim Wu
Knopf | November 2, 2010 | 366 pages
A history of the industrial wars behind the rise and fall of the 20th century's leading information empires traces how such giants as Hollywood, the broadcast networks and AT&T introduced major new mediums that were eventually centralized in ways that profoundly shaped America's communications... More Info

Hallucinations

November 6, 2012 | 352 pages
Hallucinations, for most people, imply madness. But there are many different types of non-psychotic hallucination caused by various illnesses or injuries, by intoxication--even, for many people, by falling sleep. From the elementary geometrical shapes that we see when we rub our eyes to the complex... More Info

Better

Picador USA | January 22, 2008 | 288 pages
The surgeon-author of Complications explores the efforts of physicians to close the gap between best intentions and best performance in the face of seemingly insurmountable obstacles, discussing such topics as the ethical considerations of lethal injections, the influence of money on modern... More Info

Turing's Cathedral

Random House Digital, Inc. | March 6, 2012 | 432 pages
Documents the innovations of a group of eccentric geniuses who developed computer code in the mid-20th century as part of mathematician Alan Turin's theoretical universal machine idea, exploring how their ideas led to such developments as digital television, modern genetics and the hydrogen bomb.  More Info

How the Hippies Saved Physics

W.W. Norton & Company | June 29, 2012 | 378 pages
Today, quantum information theory is among the most exciting scientific frontiers, attracting billions of dollars in funding and thousands of talented researchers. But as MIT physicist and historian David Kaiser reveals, this cutting-edge field has a surprisingly psychedelic past. How the Hippies... More Info

Death of a Pirate

W. W. Norton | July 9, 2012 | 305 pages
Describes the pirate radio stations operating in coastal waters off Britain in the 1960s and how competition between the free-market entrepreneurs came to a head when pirate operator Oliver Smedley shot and killed rival Reg Calvert.  More Info

Alone Together

Basic Books (AZ) | October 2, 2012 | 384 pages
A wake-up call from a cyber-expert: our use of technology is fueling disturbing levels of isolation, leaving us incapable of distinguishing between true human connection and digital communication  More Info

Life's Ratchet

Basic Books (AZ) | October 30, 2012 | 288 pages
A physicist describes how life emerges from the random motion of atoms through sophisticated cellular machinery and describes the long quest to determine the true nature of life from ancient Greece to the study of modern nanotechnology. 20,000 first printing.  More Info
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Understanding Autobiographical Memory

Cambridge University Press | September 27, 2012 | 381 pages
The field of autobiographical memory has made dramatic advances since the first collection of papers in the area was published in 1986. Now, over 25 years on, this book reviews and integrates the many theories, perspectives, and approaches that have evolved over the last decades.  More Info

The Last Pictures

Univ of California Press | September 19, 2012 | 208 pages
Chronicles the project that attempts to explain what happened to the human civilizations far in the future after they have disappeared.  More Info

Curious Behavior

Harvard University Press | August 31, 2012 | 281 pages
Provine boldly goes where other scientists seldom tread—in search of hiccups, coughs, yawns, sneezes, and other lowly, undignified, human behaviors. Our earthiest instinctive acts bear the imprint of our evolutionary origins and can be valuable tools for understanding how the human brain works... More Info

The Offensive Internet

May 7, 2012 | 312 pages
The Internet has been romanticized as a zone of freedom. The alluring combination of sophisticated technology with low barriers to entry and instantaneous outreach to millions of users has mesmerized libertarians and communitarians alike. Lawmakers have joined the celebration, passing the... More Info

5 Elements of Effective Thinking

Princeton University Press | August 26, 2012 | 157 pages
The 5 Elements of Effective Thinking presents practical, lively, and inspiring ways for you to become more successful through better thinking. The idea is simple: You can learn how to think far better by adopting specific strategies. Brilliant people aren't a special breed--they just use their... More Info

Scandal and Silence

Polity | May 22, 2012 | 280 pages
This timely and engaging book challenges the conventional wisdom on media and scandal in the United States. The common view holds that media crave and actively pursue scandals whenever they sense corruption. Scandal and Silence argues for a different perspective.  More Info

Media Representation and the Global Imagination

Polity | October 23, 2012 | 296 pages
This book is a clear, systematic, original and lively account of how media representations shape the way we see our and others’ lives in a global age. It provides in-depth analysis of a range of international media representations of disaster, war, conflict, migration and celebration. The book... More Info

Virilio and the Media

Polity | September 21, 2010 | 160 pages
In books such as The Aesthetics of Disappearance, War and Cinema, The Lost Dimension, and The Vision Machine, Paul Virilio has fundamentally changed how we think about contemporary media culture. Virilio’s examinations of the connections between perception, logistics, the city, and new media... More Info

Tweets and the Streets

Pluto Press | October 30, 2012 | 216 pages
Tweets and the Streets analyses the culture of the new protest movements of the 21st century. From the Arab Spring to the "indignados" protests in Spain and the Occupy movement, Paolo Gerbaudo examines the relationship between the rise of social media and the emergence of new forms of protest.... More Info

Future Babble

Emblem Editions | September 27, 2011 | 320 pages
In 2008, as the price of oil surged above $140 a barrel, experts said it would soon hit $200; a few months later it plunged to $30. In 1967, they said the USSR would have one of the fastest-growing economies in the year 2000; in 2000, the USSR did not exist. In 1911, it was pronounced that there... More Info
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Challenge for Change

McGill Queens Univ | February 1, 2010 | 574 pages
An examination of the radical politics and cinema of the legendary documentary film program devoted to social change.  More Info

Privacy in Context

Stanford Law & Politics | April 23, 2017 | 288 pages
As use of information technology increases, we worry that our personal information is being shared inappropriately, violating key social norms and irreversibly eroding privacy. This book describes how societies ought to go about deciding when to allow technology to lead change and when to resist it... More Info

American Plastic

Beacon Pr | December 28, 2010 | 240 pages
"... Shows how the plastic surgery industry merged with the plastic money industry to finance our quest for bodily perfection"--Jacket.  More Info

The Slumbering Masses

U of Minnesota Press | September 10, 2012 | 288 pages
Addresses the phenomenon of sleep and sleeplessness in the United States, tracing the influence of medicine and industrial capitalism on the sleeping habits of Americans from the 19th century to the present  More Info

Share Or Die

New Society Pub | June 5, 2012 | 224 pages
A collection of messages from the front lines of the new ?Lost Generation”  More Info

Seeking convergence in policy and practice

Canadian Center for Policy Alternatives | January 1, 2004 | 412 pages
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Illusions of Security

City Lights Publishers | February 1, 2007 | 305 pages
* Did you know that your government is watching you? * That it buys personal data from private contractors and foreign governments? * That it collects this information to “predict” whether you might be a terrorist? * That if you are singled out, no one may be able to help you? The government is... More Info

Tackling America's Toughest Questions

Clarity Pr | April 1, 2009 | 183 pages
This collection of Alternative Media interviews is intended to provide the kind of frank analysis and in-depth discussion of America's thorniest questions that would otherwise remain unheard.  More Info

The death of media and the fight to save democracy

Melville House Publishing | September 1, 2005 | 173 pages
InThe Death of Media, Emmy Award-winning journalist Danny Schechter offers a blistering polemic about the unprecedented interest in media reformfrom protests by Pope John Paul II to local radio DJsthat signals the end of media as we know it. But Schechter doesn't tell the story you might expect,... More Info

Muybridge: The Eye in Motion

December 15, 2012 | 200 pages
Much of contemporary visual culture can be traced directly to the work of Eadweard Muybridge, photographer and film pioneer. In Muybridge: The Eye In Motion, Stephen Barber analyses Muybridge's prodigious output principally through the photographer's own scrapbook, a multi-dimensional and... More Info
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Mr Tompkins in Paperback

March 26, 2012 | 202 pages
Since his first appearance over sixty years ago, Mr Tompkins has become known and loved by many thousands of readers as the bank clerk whose fantastic dreams and adventures lead him into a world inside the atom. George Gamow's classic provides a delightful explanation of the central concepts in... More Info

Quantum Physics

March 26, 2012 | 156 pages
Quantum physics is believed to be the fundamental theory underlying our understanding of the physical universe. However, it is based on concepts and principles that have always been difficult to understand and controversial in their interpretation. This book aims to explain these issues using a... More Info

Alan M. Turing

March 31, 2012 | 210 pages
"'In a short life he accomplished much, and to the roll of great names in the history of his particular studies added his own.' So is described one of the greatest figures of the twentieth century, yet Alan Turing's name was not widely recognised until his contribution to the breaking of the German... More Info

The Dating Game

March 29, 2012 | 268 pages
In this book, Cherry Lewis skilfully blends the history of gauging the age of the earth with a biography of Arthur Holmes, a British geologist who was a pioneer of geochronology. When it was deeply unfashionable to do so in the early twentieth century, he spent many years trying to prove the great... More Info
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Acceptable genes?

State Univ of New York Pr | November 5, 2009 | 272 pages
At the supermarket, modern biotechnology has surpassed science fiction with such feats as putting fish genes in tomatoes to create a more cold-resistant crop. While the environmental and health concerns over such genetically modified foods have been the subject of public debate, religious and... More Info

Three documentary filmmakers

State Univ of New York Pr | March 5, 2009 | 246 pages
Film study has tended to treat documentary as a marginal form, but as the essays in Three Documentary Filmmakers demonstrate, the films of Jean Rouch, Ross McElwee, and Errol Morris call for, and reward, the sort of criticism expected of serious works in any medium. However, critical methods that... More Info

Self Illusion

May 15, 2012 | 304 pages
No summary available.

The Woman Who Changed Her Brain

Simon and Schuster | May 1, 2012 | 288 pages
A director of the Arrowsmith Program shares the story of how she overcame severe learning disabilities by drawing on her strengths and developing brain exercises to combat neurological challenges, offering insight into what her achievements have taught the scientific community about the potential... More Info

The Death and Life of American Journalism

July 12, 2011 | 352 pages
The “Paul Revere and Tom Paine” (according to Bill Moyers) of media reform propose a bold and controversial response to the current crisis of journalism  More Info

The Half-Life of Facts

Current | September 27, 2012 | 242 pages
A Harvard University research fellow and scientometrics expert analyzes the changing nature of factual information to explain how knowledge in most fields evolves in systematic and predictable ways that, if properly understood, can be powerful tools for training and professional improvement.  More Info

OBD: Obsessive Branding Disorder

Public Affairs | June 1, 2009 | 240 pages
Blending whip-smart analysis with colorful reportage and humor, Conley distinguishes what is true and useful about branding as a business strategy, from what is distracting and destructive.  More Info
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Beyond The Echo Chamber

The New Press | January 12, 2010 | 226 pages
In less than a decade, a new breed of networked progressive media—from Brave New Films to Talking Points Memo to Feministing and beyond—have informed and engaged millions. By harnessing a participatory media environment, they have succeeded in influencing political campaigns, public debates,... More Info

Will the Last Reporter Please Turn Out the Lights

New Pr | May 3, 2011 | 372 pages
"In response to mounting concerns about the future of the press, an outpouring of lively debate and proposals for alternative models of journalism has exploded across journals of opinion, the blogosphere, and academic publications. Despite this proliferation, a comprehensive overview of this new... More Info

A Fuller View

April 1, 2012 | 270 pages
Innovators, authors, and thinkers provide commentary on, and simplified explanations of, futurist R. Buckminster Fuller's scientific solutions to major global issues, including overpopulation, housing, health care, and the energy crisis.  More Info

The Universe Within

September 29, 2012 | 312 pages
An Amazon.ca Best Book The most anticipated nonfiction book of the season, this year's Massey Lectures is a visionary look at the way the human mind can shape the future by world-renowned physicist Neil Turok. Every technology we rely on today was created by the human mind, seeking to understand... More Info

Media, Mobilization and Human Rights

Zed Books | December 11, 2012 | 256 pages
What impact do mass media portrayals of atrocities have on activism? Media, Mobilization and Human Rights challenges the assumption that exposure to human rights violations in countries far away causes people to respond with activism to end atrocities. Turning a critical eye on existing... More Info

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