The New Media Epidemic: The Undermining of Society, Family, and Our Own Soul by Jean-Claude Larchet
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Overview: Philosopher and patrologist Dr Jean-Claude Larchet, renowned for his examinations of patristic writings on the causes and consequences of spiritual and physical illness, here diagnoses the pathologies of new media in a society that is eager for speed, proximity and immediacy. Writing in an accessible and straightforward manner he examines the harm and illusion brought by the invasion of digital devices-from radio to networked smart phones and beyond. He analyzes their all-encompassing impact on society and personal life. This meticulous diagnosis of new media’s insidious effects – bodily, psychological, intellectual, and spiritual -concludes with a discussion of the ways individuals might limit and counteract the most deleterious of these, with the aim that they might ‘discover once more the authentically human and spiritual communion that we have lost.’
Genre: Non-Fiction > Educational
Using Social Media for Global Security
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Black Mirror and Critical Media Theory by Angela M. Cirucci, Barry Vacker
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Overview: Black Mirror and Critical Media Theory provides insight into why the Black Mirror series has garnered so much popular attention. Featuring international scholars of popular culture, media theory, and digital technologies, the book reverse-engineers Black Mirror episodes and invites readers to consider their own relationships with digital technology. Guided by great thinkers like Michel Foucault, Jean Baudrillard, Guy Debord, Marshall McLuhan, and Paul Virilio, each chapter provides deep analyses and vivid examples from Black Mirror episodes. It explores Black Mirror’s writers’ possible inspirations, goals, and unintended consequences, providing a deep analysis of contemporary implications and commentary. To do so, the book specifically explores six topics–human identity, surveillance culture, spectacle and hyperreality, aesthetics, technology and existence, and dystopian futures–applying them to the television series and more broadly to our own everyday experiences and tensions relating to technology use.
Genre: Non-Fiction > Media Studies
Entrepreneur Voices on Elevator Pitches by The Staff of Entrepreneur Media, Inc.
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Overview: What Can You Pitch in 60 Seconds?
Whether you’re facing funding sharks or angel investors, we’ve got the keys to crafting that perfect pitch to help you secure the funds you need to launch your startup, build your business, and achieve your entrepreneurial dreams.
In this new edition of the Entrepreneur Voices series, entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, and experts from both sides of the board roam present the game-winning strategies and deal-closing tactics you need to succeed.
Genre: Non-Fiction > General
Selling War in a Media Age: The Presidency and Public Opinion in the American Century by Kenneth Osgood, Andrew K. Frank
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Overview: George W. Bush’s campaign for war in Iraq in 2003 drew attention to the ways in which an American president may try to "sell" a war. Of course, Bush was not the first to use his position and propaganda in this way, as the essays in this standout volume detail.
Preeminent scholars in the field share their insight in this impressive collection. Chapters by Paul S. Boyer, Lloyd Gardner, George C. Herring, Robert J. McMahon, Chester Pach, Emily S. Rosenberg, Robert D. Schulzinger, Mark A. Stoler, and Marilyn B. Young enrich this comprehensive and enlightening work.
From the Spanish-American War to the War on Terror, each chapter in Selling War in a Media Age explains how modern presidents have influenced, coerced, directed, and led public opinion over matters of war and peace since 1898. While some essays highlight the systematic efforts by American presidents to gain public support for war and international conflict, many more reveal that there were limits to what presidential persuasion could accomplish.
Genre: Non-Fiction > General
Master the Media: How Teaching Media Literacy Can Save Our Plugged-In World by Julie Smith
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Overview: Can teaching media literacy really change the world?
Researchers predict that, in 2015, the average American will spend more than fifteen hours every day listening, reading, clicking, and viewing media. Without question, television, films, radio, and music, the Internet, social media, news programs, and books and magazines are part of our daily lives. And while some claim that all of this media consumption is detrimental to society, the truth is it doesn’t have to be. Times have changed. Technology connects us today in new and exciting ways. We have more choices and more control than ever, regarding what and when we will watch, listen to, and read. And, as Julie Smith explains in Master the Media: How Teaching Media Literacy Can Save Our Plugged-in World, with that control comes a heightened level of responsibility to think critically about the content we consume.
Written to help teachers and parents educate the next generation, Master the Media explains the history, purpose, and messages behind the media. The point isn’t to get kids to unplug; it’s to help them make informed choices, understand the difference between truth and lies, and discern perception from reality. Critical thinking leads to smarter decisions-and it’s why media literacy can save the world.
Genre: Non-Fiction > Educational > Media Studies
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