Category: Media, science & technology

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

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

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

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

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 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

Time Warped

House of Anansi | September 15, 2012 | 352 pages
We are obsessed with time. However hard we might try, it is almost impossible to spend even one day without the marker of a clock. But how much do we understand about time, and is it possible to retrain our brains and improve our relationship with it? Drawing on the latest research from the fields... More Info

The New Social Control

February 1, 2012 | 218 pages
Freedom and control are usually understood as opposites but what if they merged? Consumption, management and administration are everywhere. We are no longer supposed to depend on one other. Instead, institutions and organizations form a dense web that radically transform our past relations into... More Info

Deconstructing WikiLeaks

September 1, 2012 | 189 pages
Julian Assange is regarded by many people as a hero, by others as a cyberterrorist or even a spook, and by some...simple a dupe. A historical framework for the machinations of elite and the complicity of the international tame media.  More Info

Media, Society, World

Polity Press | June 22, 2012 | 242 pages
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Darwin's Ghosts

June 12, 2012 | 416 pages
Citing an 1859 letter that accused Charles Darwin of failing to acknowledge his scientific predecessors, a chronicle of the collective history of evolution dedicates each chapter to an evolutionary thinker, from Aristotle and da Vinci to Denis Diderot to the naturalists of the Jardin de Plantes.... More Info


W. W. Norton | June 4, 2012 | 256 pages
Epigenetic means "on the gene," and the term refers to the recent discovery that stress in the environment can impact an individual's physiology so deeply that those biological scars are actually inherited by the next several generations. "Epigenetics" is the first book for general readers on this... More Info

The Filter Bubble

Penguin Group USA | April 24, 2012 | 256 pages
Pariser delivers an eye-opening account of how the hidden rise of personalization on the Internet is controlling--and limiting--the information we consume.  More Info

Selling Fear

University Of Chicago Press | June 1, 2011 | 241 pages
While we've long known that the strategies of terrorism rely heavily on media coverage of attacks, Selling Fear is the first detailed look at the role played by media in counterterrorism—and the ways that, in the wake of 9/11, the Bush administration manipulated coverage to maintain a climate of... More Info

The Return of the Public

Verso | May 2, 2012 | 256 pages
"Our politicians have ever-decreasing legitimacy, our financiers -- their huge corporate risks underwritten by the taxpayer -- are literally and morally bankrupt. All this is done in the name of us, the public, yet we seem to have no genuine say in decision-making and no power to effect change. Why... More Info

Design Meets Disability

Mit Pr | September 30, 2011 | 341 pages
Eyeglasses have been transformed from medical necessity to fashion accessory. This revolution has come about through embracing the design culture of the fashion industry. Why shouldn't design sensibilities also be applied to hearing aids, prosthetic limbs, and communication aids? In return,... More Info

The Daily You

January 10, 2012 | 256 pages
Argues that the customized media environment of today reduces consumer power by secretly collecting consumer data, building an individualized customer profile and targeting the person with aggressive, highly personalized ads, discounts, news and entertainment, in a book that offers a way out of... More Info

Do Good

New Riders | August 19, 2019 | 180 pages
Great design can be an agent of social change. The environmental crisis is the greatest issue of today, and according to author David Berman, consumerism is its largest cause ... often fuelled by convincing graphic and product design intended to invent 'needs'. Alternatively, creative professionals... More Info

The Power of Habit

March 20, 2012 | 304 pages
Groundbreaking new research shows that by grabbing hold of the three-step "loop" all habits form in our brains--cue, routine, reward--we can change them, giving us the power to take control over our lives. "We are what we repeatedly do," said Aristotle. "Excellence, then, is not an act, but a... More Info


Plume | September 27, 2011 | 285 pages
Devra Davis presents a range of recent and long-suppressed research in this timely bombshell. Stunningly, the most popular gadget of our age has now been shown to damage DNA, break down the brain's defences and reduce sperm count while increasing memory loss, the risk of Alzheimer's disease and... More Info

The Googlization of Everything

Univ of California Press | March 13, 2012 | 265 pages
Looks at the dark side of Google and its search engine, raising issues about intellectual property rights, the way Google makes people think and more, in an updated title where the author also looks at ways to avoid a Google-dominated Internet. Original.  More Info

What Disturbs Our Blood

Vintage | January 3, 2012 | 512 pages
NOMINEE 2011 – Toronto Book Awards A rich, unmined piece of Canadian history, an intense psychological drama, a mystery to be solved… and a hardwon escape from a family curse Like his friends Banting and Best, Dr. John Fitzgerald was a Canadian hero. He founded Connaught Labs, saved untold... More Info

The Universal Journalist

Pluto Pr | June 21, 2011 | 272 pages
This is a new edition of the world's leading textbook on journalism. Translated into more than a dozen languages, David Randall's handbook is an invaluable guide to the "universals" of good journalistic practice for professional and trainee journalists worldwide. Irrespective of language or... More Info


Polity | July 26, 2011 | 216 pages
Journalism, what happened? In the last decade, the industry and the profession have been rocked to the core. Newspapers as consumer product are as ripe for comic mocking and satire as are the techniques of the journalism profession. The contemporary death and life of journalism is the story of an... More Info

Your Call Is Important to Us

Emblem Editions | April 6, 2010 | 304 pages
Taking no prisoners, the author disembowels the culture of globalized, super-sized, consumerized b.s. She skewers the "corporate bafflegab," scripted, question-proof political events, toxic faux foodstuffs, and miracle pills, sparing no one and nothing.  More Info


New Society Pub | September 27, 2011 | 464 pages
Challenges beliefs about technology's assumed potential for enabling a continuation of current consumption rates, arguing for extensive reform while explaining that technological advances are hastening an environmental collapse. Original.  More Info

What Makes Health Public?

January 31, 2012 | 325 pages
John Coggon analyses important ethical, legal and political claims related to public health and health regulation.  More Info

Close to the Machine

Picador USA | February 28, 2012 | 208 pages
"This book is a little masterpiece, an exquisitely melancholy cry from a body disappearing into the machine. It is a wrenching swan-song for human beings. I have never read anything like it because nothing like could have been written before." - Andrei Codrescu  More Info

Trauma Journalism

Continuum International Pub Group | October 6, 2011 | 229 pages
A narrative approach advocating education for students and professionals on the impact of stress, trauma and intervention in the life of a journalist.  More Info


Simon and Schuster | February 21, 2012 | 400 pages
Proposes that the current exponential progress of technology in certain fields will allow us to easily provide for the needs of all people within the near future, and profiles some of today's most promising advances toward that end.  More Info

The World News Prism

Wiley-Blackwell | October 4, 2011 | 264 pages
"The World News Prism enjoys a well-earned reputation for excellence in its in-depth analysis of the changing role of transnational news media in the 21st-century. In the eighth edition of this classic text, the authors expand their discussion of news systems in developing nations and the impact of... More Info

I Know Who You Are and I Saw What You Did

Simon and Schuster | January 10, 2012 | 272 pages
A leading social networks specialist from the Illinois Institute of Technology and government advisor on ethical issues regarding new technologies presents a sobering exposé on the widespread misuse of personal online data and its potential for compromising safety and credibility, recommending... More Info

Power and betrayal in the Canadian media

University of Toronto Press | February 5, 2001 | 262 pages
"Power and Betrayal in the Canadian Media" is a sweeping exploration of the Canadian media system and the impact it has on Canadian society, politics, and culture.  More Info

Deadline Artists

Overlook Press | September 1, 2011 | 431 pages
America's story has always been best told in its newspapers. From the local and mundane-crime blotters, crop prices, and Sunday sermons-to the Federalist Papers and Watergate, the press has played an outsized role in our nation's culture and history. Newspapers in America have always been the... More Info

How PowerPoint Makes You Stupid

New Pr | February 21, 2012 | 320 pages
A revealing and powerfully argued book shows that PowerPoint's celebrated ease and efficiency can actually lead to a profoundly disturbing but little-understood transformation in human communication, with implications not only for individuals but also for the culture at large.  More Info


Tachyon Pubns | October 1, 2011 | 240 pages
One of the internet’s most celebrated hi-tech culture mavens returns with this second collection of essays and polemics. Discussing complex topics in an accessible manner, Cory Doctorow shares visions of a future where artists control their own destinies and where freedom of expression is... More Info

Sex, Genes & Rock 'n' Roll: How Evolution Has Shaped the Modern World

University of New Hampshire | March 13, 2012 | 320 pages
Explains how evolution and genetics affect how we experience modern life.  More Info

Chasing Molecules

Shearwater | September 1, 2011 | 249 pages
Each day, headlines warn that baby bottles are leaching dangerous chemicals, nonstick pans are causing infertility, and plastic containers are making us fat. What if green chemistry could change all that? What if rather than toxics, our economy ran on harmless, environmentally-friendly materials?... More Info

The Language Instinct

Harper Perennial Modern Classics | September 4, 2007 | 576 pages
In this classic, the world's expert on language and mind lucidly explains everything you always wanted to know about language: how it works, how children learn it, how it changes, how the brain computes it, and how it evolved. With deft use of examples of humor and wordplay, Steven Pinker weaves... More Info

Digital Dead End

The MIT Press | February 1, 2011 | 266 pages
The realities of thehigh-tech global economy for women and families in the United States.  More Info


April 3, 2007 | 322 pages
Draws on a range of case studies to explore the process by which people make decisions, explaining how the difference between good and bad decision making is directly related to the details on which people focus, and counsels readers on how to become better decision makers in every aspect of life.... More Info

Inherent vice

Duke University Press Books | May 7, 2009 | 320 pages
This eye-opening exploration of the aesthetic and legal innovations of home video revisits four decades of frequently overlooked histories of video recording.  More Info

Open Secrets

April 25, 2011 | 536 pages
The New York Times Staff. Edited by Alexander Star The New York Times Company; January 2011 Paperback 9781443408578  More Info

No University Is an Island

NYU Press | February 3, 2010 | 289 pages
The modern university is sustained by academic freedom. It guarantees higher education's independence, its quality, and its success in educating students. This title presents an account of the social, political, and cultural forces undermining academic freedom.  More Info

When Computers Were Human

Princeton Univ Pr | August 27, 2007 | 411 pages
Before Palm Pilots and iPods, PCs and laptops, the term "computer" referred to the people who did scientific calculations by hand. These workers were neither calculating geniuses nor idiot savants but knowledgeable people who, in other circumstances, might have become scientists in their own right.... More Info

Broadcasting Policy in Canada

Univ of Toronto Pr | January 15, 2010 | 284 pages
Where did Canadian content regulations come from? What do international trade agreements mean for existing broadcasting policy and business practices? How are new media changing the face of broadcasting in Canada?  More Info


Polity Press | August 18, 2009 | 172 pages
YouTube is one of the most well-known and widely discussed sites of participatory media in the contemporary online environment, and it is the first genuinely mass-popular platform for user-created video. In this timely and comprehensive introduction to how YouTube is being used and why it matters,... More Info

Retooling the Humanities

Univ of Alberta Pr | October 1, 2010 | 424 pages
Is market-driven research healthy? Responding to the language of “knowledge mobilization” that percolates through Canadian postsecondary education, the literary scholars who contributed these essays address the challenges that an intensified culture of research capitalism brings to the... More Info