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Public Broadcasting and the Public Trust
$6.08
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-- Details, with in-depth reports, why conservatives in Congress are so angry about PBS and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.
-- Includes a record of Public Broadcasting's resistance to change, including an attempt made by Congress in the Telecommunications Act of 1992, to induce PBS to reform itself.
-- Must-reading for anyone who believes that Masterpiece Theater and Sesame Street represent the majority of the types of programming that PBS funds and supports, and who thinks that the new Republicans in Congress are raising a fuss over nothing.

Composed of articles from the journal, COMINT, published by the Center for the Study of Popular Culture, the only journal addressing public broadcasting from a conservative perspective. This book is the only critical account of PBS that has been published in that institution's entire 28-year history.

ISBN
9781886442030
Publisher
Center for the Study of Popular
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Used, Very Good
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704640
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NSFW: Sex, Humor, and Risk in Social Media (The MIT Press)
$27.95
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An exploration of how and why social media content is tagged as "not safe for work" and an argument against conflating sexual content with risk.

The hashtag #NSFW (not safe for work) acts as both a warning and an invitation. NSFW tells users, "We dare you to click on this link! And by the way, don't do it until after work!" Unlike the specificity of movie and television advisories ("suggestive dialogue," "sexual content"), NSFW signals, nonspecifically, sexually explicit content that ranges from nude selfies to pornography. NSFW looks at how and why social media content is tagged "not safe" and shows how this serves to conflate sexual content and risk. The authors argue that the notion of "unsafety" extends beyond the risk of losing one's job or being embarrassed at work to an unspecified sense of risk attached to sexually explicit media content and sexual communication in general.

The authors examine NSFW practices of tagging and flagging on a range of social media platforms; online pornography and its dependence on technology; user-generated NSFW content--in particular, the dick pic and associated issues of consent, desire, agency, and social power; the deployment of risqué humor in the workplace; and sexist and misogynist online harassment that functions as an enforcer of inequalities. They argue against the categorical effacement of sexual content by means of an all-purpose hashtag and urge us to shift considerations of safety from pictorial properties to issues of context and consent.

ISBN
9780262043052
By
Light, Ben
Publisher
The MIT Press
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New
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9780262043052
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Non-Fiction
Spotify Teardown: Inside the Black Box of Streaming Music (The MIT Press)
$19.95
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An innovative investigation of the inner workings of Spotify that traces the transformation of audio files into streamed experience.

Spotify provides a streaming service that has been welcomed as disrupting the world of music. Yet such disruption always comes at a price. Spotify Teardown contests the tired claim that digital culture thrives on disruption. Borrowing the notion of "teardown" from reverse-engineering processes, in this book a team of five researchers have playfully disassembled Spotify's product and the way it is commonly understood.

Spotify has been hailed as the solution to illicit downloading, but it began as a partly illicit enterprise that grew out of the Swedish file-sharing community. Spotify was originally praised as an innovative digital platform but increasingly resembles a media company in need of regulation, raising questions about the ways in which such cultural content as songs, books, and films are now typically made available online.

Spotify Teardown combines interviews, participant observations, and other analyses of Spotify's "front end" with experimental, covert investigations of its "back end." The authors engaged in a series of interventions, which include establishing a record label for research purposes, intercepting network traffic with packet sniffers, and web-scraping corporate materials. The authors' innovative digital methods earned them a stern letter from Spotify accusing them of violating its terms of use; the company later threatened their research funding. Thus, the book itself became an intervention into the ethics and legal frameworks of corporate behavior.

ISBN
9780262038904
By
Vonderau, Patrick
Publisher
MIT Press
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New
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9780262038904
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Non-Fiction
Invisible Colors: The Arts of the Atomic Age (Leonardo)
$34.95
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How art makes visible what had been invisible--the effects of radiation, the lives of atomic bomb survivors, and the politics of the atomic age.

The effects of radiation are invisible, but art can make it and its effects visible. Artwork created in response to the events of the nuclear era allow us to see them in a different way. In Invisible Colors, Gabrielle Decamous explores the atomic age from the perspective of the arts, investigating atomic-related art inspired by the work of Marie Curie, the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, the disaster at Fukushima, and other episodes in nuclear history.

Decamous looks at the "Radium Literature" based on the work and life of Marie Curie; "A-Bomb literature" by Hibakusha (bomb survivor) artists from Nagasaki and Hiroshima; responses to the bombings by Western artists and writers; art from the irradiated landscapes of the Cold War--nuclear test sites and uranium mines, mainly in the Pacific and some African nations; and nuclear accidents in Fukushima, Chernobyl, and Three Mile Island. She finds that the artistic voices of the East are often drowned out by those of the West. Hibakusha art and Japanese photographs of the bombing are little known in the West and were censored; poetry from the Marshall Islands and Moruroa is also largely unknown; Western theatrical and cinematic works focus on heroic scientists, military men, and the atomic mushroom cloud rather than the aftermath of the bombings.

Emphasizing art by artists who were present at these nuclear events--the "global Hibakusha"--rather than those reacting at a distance, Decamous puts Eastern and Western art in dialogue, analyzing the aesthetics and the ethics of nuclear representation.

ISBN
9780262038546
By
Decamous, Gabrielle
Publisher
The MIT Press
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New
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9780262038546
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Non-Fiction
Audience of One: Donald Trump, Television, and the Fracturing of America
$27.95
Description
New York Times Book Review - Notable Book of the Year
Washington Post - 50 Notable Works of Nonfiction in 2019
Publishers Weekly - 10 Best Books of the Year

An incisive cultural history that captures a fractious nation through the prism of television and the rattled mind of a celebrity president.

ISBN
9781631494420
By
Poniewozik, James
Publisher
Liveright
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New
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9781631494420
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Non-Fiction
Wasteland: The Great War and the Origins of Modern Horror
$16.95
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Historian and Bram Stoker Award Nominee W. Scott Poole traces the confluence of military history, technology, and art that gave us modern horror films and literature.

In the early twentieth century, World War I was the most devastating event humanity had yet experienced. New machines of war left tens of millions killed or wounded in the most grotesque of ways. The Great War remade the world's map, created new global powers, and brought forth some of the biggest problems still facing us today. But it also birthed a new art form: the horror film, made from the fears of a generation ruined by war.

From Nosferatu to Frankenstein's Monster and the Wolf Man, from Fritz Lang, F. W. Murnau, and Albin Grau to Tod Browning and James Whale, the touchstones of horror can all trace their roots to the bloodshed of the First World War. Historian W. Scott Poole chronicles these major figures and the many movements they influenced. Wasteland reveals how bloody battlefields, the fear of the corpse, and a growing darkness made their way into the deepest corners of our psyche.

On the 100th anniversary of the signing of the armistice that brought World War I to a close, W. Scott Poole takes us behind the front lines of battle to a no man's-land where the legacy of the War to End All Wars lives on.

"Thoroughly engrossing cultural study . . . Poole persuasively argues that the birth of horror as a genre is rooted in the unprecedented destruction and carnage of WWI." --Publishers Weekly (starred review)

ISBN
9781640092662
By
Poole, W Scott
Publisher
Counterpoint
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New
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9781640092662
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History
New Kings of the World: Dispatches from Bollywood, Dizi, and K-Pop
$15.99
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"Bhutto's razor sharp, intriguing introduction to the various pop phenomena emerging from Asia." -- Tash Aw, Financial Times

A vast cultural movement is emerging from outside the Western world. Truly global in its range and allure, it is the biggest challenge yet to Hollywood, McDonald's, blue jeans, and other aspects of American mass-produced popular culture. This is a book about the new arbiters of mass culture --India's Bollywood films, Turkey's soap operas, or dizi, and South Korea's pop music. Carefully packaging not always secular modernity, combined with traditional values, in urbanized settings, they have created a new global pop culture that strikes a deeper chord than the American version, especially with the many millions who are only just arriving in the modern world and still negotiating its overwhelming changes.

Fatima Bhutto, an indefatigable reporter and vivid writer, profiles Shah Rukh Khan, by many measures the most popular star in the world; goes behind the scenes of Magnificent Century, Turkey's biggest dizi, watched by more than 200 million people across 43 countries; and travels to South Korea to see how K-Pop started. Bhutto's book is an important dispatch from a new, multipolar order that is taking form before our eyes.

ISBN
9781733623704
By
Bhutto, Fatima
Publisher
Columbia Global Reports
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New
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9781733623704
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Non-Fiction
Conversations about Qualitative Communication Research
$10.70
Description
Christine Davis offers readers an insider's view of the practices of ten leading qualitative communication scholars, showing how they make critical decisions in the process of conducting research. Through interviews and reflective assessment of their key articles, these researchers make visible how they deal with theory, data collection, analysis, and writing up a study. These scholars represent the full range of qualitative communication research: social science, narrative, and performance. Davis provides additional context to offer the reader a practical understanding of how to navigate a qualitative research project.
ISBN
9781611321272
By
Davis, Christine S
Publisher
Routledge
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Used, Like New
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Excellent, unmarked copy with little wear and tight binding. We ship in recyclable American-made mailers. 100% money-back guarantee on all orders.
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624574
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C
Gray Lady Down: What the Decline and Fall of the New York Times Means for America
$5.87
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The New York Times was once considered the gold standard in American journalism and the most trusted news organization in America. Today, it is generally understood to be a vehicle for politically correct ideologies, tattered liberal pieties, and a repeated victim of journalistic scandal and institutional embarrassment.

In Gray Lady Down, the hard-hitting follow up to Coloring the News, William McGowan asks who is responsible for squandering the finest legacy in American journalism. Combining original reporting, critical assessment and analysis, McGowan exposes the Times' obsessions with diversity, "soft" pop cultural news, and countercultural Vietnam-era attitudinizing, and reveals how these trends have set America's most important news icon at odds with its journalistic mission--and with the values and perspectives of much of mainstream America.

Gray Lady Down considers the consequences--for the Times, for the media, and, most important, for American society and its political processes at this fraught moment in our nation's history. In this highly volatile media environment, the fate of the Times may portend the future of the fourth estate.

ISBN
9781594034862
By
McGowan, William
Publisher
Encounter Books
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Used, Very Good
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578205
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C
Watchdogs of Democracy?: The Waning Washington Press Corps and How It Has Failed the Public
$4.99
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In the course of more than sixty years spent covering Washington politics, Helen Thomas has witnessed a raft of fundamental changes in the way news is gathered and reported. Gone are the days of frequent firsthand contact with the president. Now, the press sees the president only at tightly controlled and orchestrated press conferences. In addition, Thomas sees a growing -- and alarming -- reluctance among reporters to question government spokesmen and probe for the truth. The result has been a wholesale failure by journalists to fulfill what is arguably their most vital role in contemporary American life -- to be the watchdogs of democracy. Today's journalists, according to Thomas, have become subdued, compromised lapdogs.

Here, the legendary journalist and bestselling author delivers a hard-hitting manifesto on the precipitous decline in the quality and ethics of political reportage -- and issues a clarion call for change. Thomas confronts some of the most significant issues of the day, including the jailing of reporters, the conservative swing in television news coverage, and the administration's increased insistence on "managed" news. But she is most emphatic about reporters' failure to adequately question President George W. Bush and White House spokesmen about the lead-up to the invasion of Iraq, and on subjects ranging from homeland security to the economy. This, she insists, was a dire lapse.

Drawing on her peerless knowledge of journalism, Washington politics, and nine presidential administrations, as well as frank interviews with leading journalists past and present, Thomas provides readers with a rich historical perspective on the roots of American journalism, the circumstances attending the rise and fall of its golden age, and the nature and consequences of its current shortcomings. The result is a powerful, eye-opening discourse on the state of political reportage -- as well as a welcome and inspiring demand for meaningful and lasting reform.

ISBN
9780743267816
By
Thomas, Helen
Publisher
Scribner
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Used, Very Good
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1122624
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Film, Form, and Culture CD-ROM 1.03
$6.70
Description
The Film, Form, and Culture CD-ROM serves as a multimedia glossary or dictionary to ANY film text. It is available separately, and it can be packaged at a discount with any McGraw-Hill film title.
The CD-ROM illustrates film elements and concepts with QuickTime clips from a wide variety of classic films: "Citizen Kane, Battleship Potemkin, Rear Window, The Plow That Broke the Plains, Vertigo, "and many more. This new version adds modules on Sound and Genre to provide an even stronger tool for film study.
ISBN
9780072388992
By
Kolker, Robert Phillip
Publisher
McGraw-Hill Humanities/Social Sciences/Languages
Item Condition
Used, Like New
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Disc, case and artwork in excellent condition with little sign of use. May not include online digital copy. We ship in recyclable American-made mailers. 100% money-back guarantee on all orders.
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1123015
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Static: Government Liars, Media Cheerleaders, and the People Who Fight Back
$5.87
Description
Torture. Kidnapping. Bogus wars. Illegal wiretapping. Propaganda. Spies in the newsrooms. Oil profiteers. Soldiers who won't fight. Mothers of fallen soldiers Who will.

In Static, the bestselling brother-sister team of Amy Goodman, host of Democracy Now!, and investigative journalist David Goodman takes on government liars, corporate profiteers, and the media that have acted as their cheerleaders. The authors cut through the official static to show the truth about war, torture, and government control of the media. Static breaks the sound barrier to present the voices of dissidents, activists, and others who are often frozen out of official debate.

Read Static. Become informed. Fight back. Defend democracy.
ISBN
9781401302931
By
Goodman, David
Publisher
Hyperion
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Used, Like New
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1122538
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The Other Parent: The Inside Story of the Media's Effect on Our Children
$5.87
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Kids must have special rules. It is more than naive to pretend that the market alone will protect them. We recognize this in virtually every sphere of life. Yet in the media, we have stripped away the very rules created to protect them, leaving them almost entirely to the profit-driven manipulations of the free market. THE OTHER PARENT THE INSIDE STORY OF THE MEDIA'S EFFECT ON OUR CHILDREN James P. Steyer's explosive investigation into how the media affects our children is a groundbreaking book that will shock most parents. Through songs on the radio, Internet access, television, and movies, our kids are learning how to live in an adult world long before they are ready. They are besieged on a daily basis by images of sex, commercialism, and violence via such mainstream programming as Dawson's Creek, films such as American Pie and The Matrix, and computer games such as Doom and Quake. This is the new media reality, Steyer states, and it is one most parents are not prepared for. Steyer examines how we have allowed media to bombard our children's lives and he offers practical advice on countering the incessant parade of images that frighten, intrigue, and influence America's kids: Putting your kids on a media diet Finding alternative activities for them besides television and the Internet Discovering what they think about the commercials, programs, and music they encounter on a daily basis Organizing advocacy groups, contacting government leaders, and boycotting media outlets that target children with inappropriate content. The Other Parent is a powerful and provocative book about the media's incredible impact on our familiesand our society.
ISBN
9780743405829
By
Steyer, James P
Publisher
Atria
Item Condition
Used, Very Good
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Clean, unmarked copy with some edge wear. Good binding. Dust jacket included if issued with one. We ship in recyclable American-made mailers. 100% money-back guarantee on all orders.
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1120652
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The Times of My Life and My Life with the Times
$6.74
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In this remarkable memoir, The New York Times's Max Frankel tells his life story the way he lived it--in tandem with the big news stories of our time.

" I escaped into America, and beyond it. The idea of America became my proud passport. A passion to conform made me a patriot. The discovery of words turned me into a skeptic. And the journalist's press pass sent me vaulting across borders to gain a spectacular perspective on our era. Like the astronauts floating in outer space, I've had a rare glimpse of the earth in my times, and it gave me an irrepressible urge to record the journey."

Max Frankel started to write for "The New York Times" as a student at Columbia in 1949, and during the next half century he held just about every important position on the paper--foreign correspondent, Washington bureau chief, editorials editor, and executive editor.

When The Times of My Life begins, Max Frankel is a boy in Nazi Germany; we experience the terror of his wartime escape with his heroic mother, their immigrant lives in New York, and a teacher's inspired decision that he could belatedly learn to read English if he learned to write it. And so Max Frankel found his career. His book, like his life, moves through Hitler's Berlin, Khrushchev's Moscow, Castro's Havana, and the Washington of Kennedy, Johnson, and Nixon. It reevaluates the Cold War and interweaves Frankel's personal and professional lives with the era's greatest stories, from Sputnik to the Pentagon Papers, from the building of the Berlin Wall to its collapse, all the while tracking the tensions of managing the world's greatestnewspaper.

Beautifully written, filled with anecdotes and insights, The Times of My Life evokes an unparalleled life as it embraces America in our time.
ISBN
9780679448242
By
Frankel, Max
Publisher
Random House
Item Condition
Used, Like New
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Item SKU
1119672
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B
Double Fold: Libraries and the Assault on Paper
$5.45
Description
A bestselling novelist presents an expos of 20th century library policies that have resulted in the destruction of large parts of the printed past, explaining that the country's greatest libraries have dismantled their collections of original bound newspapers and books and replaced them with microfilmed copies. color photo insert.
ISBN
9780375504440
By
Baker, Nicholson
Publisher
Random House
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Used, Like New
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Item SKU
1111735
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So Wrong for So Long: How the Press, the Pundits--and the President--Failed on Iraq
$5.87
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In early 2003, Greg Mitchell was one of the few mainstream journalists to seriously question the stated reasons for invading Iraq. In the years since, he has repeatedly challenged the media to probe the conduct of the war and its toll on our troops. Now, after five years of war, he traces the conflict -- from the "runup" to the "surge" -- and the media's coverage of it, in this important collection of commentaries with significant new additions: an original introduction and dozens of pages of fresh material that unify the essays. If a free press is the watchdog of democracy, then Greg Mitchell must be the watchdog of the watchdogs, tracking the performance of the media at Editor & Publisher, the influential magazine of the newspaper industry. Over the past five years, in his widely read column, "Pressing Issues," he has repeatedly been ahead of the curve in intensely scrutinizing both the president and the press--and the controversies swirling around Donald Rumsfeld, Pat Tillman, "Scooter" Libby, Ann Coulter and numerous other figures. His book is a unique history of the entire war--and as topical as today's headlines. Whether writing early warnings that anticipated a long and bloody war, analyzing Stephen Colbert's in-his-face mockery of George W. Bush, or imagining the president confessing his sins to Oprah Winfrey, Greg Mitchell explores how we got into the war in Iraq--and why we just can't seem to get out. With tens of thousands of American troops still in Iraq, debate over the war continues to rage on TV news and across editorial pages. Against this backdrop of controversy, Greg Mitchell is the rare journalist who has seen it all with clear eyes. In "So Wrong for So Long," he canfinally tell the whole story.
ISBN
9781402756573
By
Mitchell, Greg
Publisher
Union Square Press
Item Condition
Used, Good
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Moderate edge wear. Binding good. May have marking in text. Dust jacket included if issued with one. We sometimes source from libraries. We ship in recyclable American-made mailers. 100% money-back guarantee on all orders.
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1108471
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Personal History
$5.87
Description
An extraordinarily frank, honest, and generous book by one of America's most famous and admired women -- a book that is, as its title suggests, both personal and history. It is the story of Graham's parents: the multi-millionaire father who left private business and government service to buy and restore the down-and-out "Washington Post"; the aggressive, formidable, self-absorbed mother, known in her time for her political and welfare work, and her passionate friendships with men such as Thomas Mann and Adlai Stevenson. It is the story of how "The Washington Post" struggled to succeed -- a fascinating and instructive business history told from the inside (the paper has been run by Graham herself, her father, her husband, and now her son). It is the story of Phil Graham -- Kay's brilliant, charismatic husband (he clerked for two Supreme Court justices), whose plunge into manic-depression and eventual suicide are movingly and charitably recounted. And, best of all, it is Kay Graham herself -- brought up in great wealth, yet understanding nothing of money; half Jewish, yet -- incredibly -- unaware of it; naive, awkward, yet intelligent and energetic, and married to a man she adored. How he fascinated and educated her, and then in his illness turned from her and abused her, destroying her confidence and her happiness, is a drama in itself, followed by the rarer drama of her new life as the head of a great newspaper and a great company -- a woman famous (and feared) in her own right. In other words, here is a life that came into its own with a vengeance -- a success story on every level.
ISBN
9780375701047
By
Graham, Katharine
Publisher
Vintage
Item Condition
Used, Very Good
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Clean, unmarked copy with some edge wear. Good binding. Dust jacket included if issued with one. We ship in recyclable American-made mailers. 100% money-back guarantee on all orders.
Item SKU
1119420
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B
The Problem of the Media: U.S. Communication Politics in the Twenty-First Century
$5.87
Description

The symptoms of the crisis of the U.S. media are well-known--a decline in hard news, the growth of info-tainment and advertorials, staff cuts and concentration of ownership, increasing conformity of viewpoint and suppression of genuine debate. McChesney's new book, The Problem of the Media, gets to the roots of this crisis, explains it, and points a way forward for the growing media reform movement.

Moving consistently from critique to action, the book explores the political economy of the media, illuminating its major flashpoints and controversies by locating them in the political economy of U.S. capitalism. It deals with issues such as the declining quality of journalism, the question of bias, the weakness of the public broadcasting sector, and the limits and possibilities of antitrust legislation in regulating the media. It points out the ways in which the existing media system has become a threat to democracy, and shows how it could be made to serve the interests of the majority.

McChesney's Rich Media, Poor Democracy was hailed as a pioneering analysis of the way in which media had come to serve the interests of corporate profit rather than public enlightenment and debate. Bill Moyers commented, "If Thomas Paine were around, he would have written this book." The Problem of the Media is certain to be a landmark in media studies, a vital resource for media activism, and essential reading for concerned scholars and citizens everywhere.

ISBN
9781583671054
By
McChesney, Robert D
Publisher
Monthly Review Press
Item Condition
Used, Like New
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Item SKU
741394
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D
Dollarocracy: How the Money and Media Election Complex is Destroying America
$5.87
Description
Fresh from the first 10 billion election campaign, two award-winning authors show how unbridled campaign spending defines our politics and, failing a dramatic intervention, signals the end of our democracy.

Blending vivid reporting from the 2012 campaign trail and deep perspective from decades covering American and international media and politics, political journalist John Nichols and media critic Robert W. McChesney explain how US elections are becoming controlled, predictable enterprises that are managed by a new class of consultants who wield millions of dollars and define our politics as never before. As the money gets bigger--especially after the Citizens United ruling--and journalism, a core check and balance on the government, declines, American citizens are in danger of becoming less informed and more open to manipulation. With groundbreaking behind-the-scenes reporting and staggering new research on "the money power," Dollarocracy shows that this new power does not just endanger electoral politics; it is a challenge to the DNA of American democracy itself.

ISBN
9781568587073
By
McChesney, Robert W
Publisher
Nation Books
Item Condition
Used, Very Good
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741229
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D
Hard News: Twenty-one Brutal Months at The New York Times and How They Changed the American Media
$6.23
Description
On May 11, 2003, The New York Times devoted four pages of its Sunday paper to the deceptions of Jayson Blair, a mediocre former Times reporter who had made up stories, faked datelines, and plagiarized on a massive scale. The fallout from the Blair scandal rocked the Times to its core and revealed fault lines in a fractious newsroom that was already close to open revolt.

Staffers were furious-about the perception that management had given Blair more leeway because he was black, about the special treatment of favored correspondents, and most of all about the shoddy reporting that was infecting the most revered newspaper in the world. Within a month, Howell Raines, the imperious executive editor who had taken office less than a week before the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001-and helped lead the paper to a record six Pulitzer Prizes for its coverage of the attacks-had been forced out of his job.

Having gained unprecedented access to the reporters who conducted the Times's internal investigation, top newsroom executives, and dozens of Times editors, former Newsweek senior writer Seth Mnookin lets us read all about it-the story behind the biggest journalistic scam of our era and the profound implications of the scandal for the rapidly changing world of American journalism.

It's a true tale that reads like Greek drama, with the most revered of American institutions attempting to overcome the crippling effects of a leader's blinding narcissism and a low-level reporter's sociopathic deceptions. Hard News will shape how we understand and judge the media for years to come.

ISBN
9780812972511
By
Mnookin, Seth
Publisher
Random House Trade Paperbacks
Item Condition
Used, Very Good
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Clean, unmarked copy with some edge wear. Good binding. Dust jacket included if issued with one. We ship in recyclable American-made mailers. 100% money-back guarantee on all orders.
Item SKU
705737
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B
Information Doesn't Want to Be Free: Laws for the Internet Age
$4.99
Description

"Filled with wisdom and thought experiments and things that will mess with your mind." -- Neil Gaiman, author of The Graveyard Book and American Gods

In sharply argued, fast-moving chapters, Cory Doctorow's Information Doesn't Want to Be Free takes on the state of copyright and creative success in the digital age. Can small artists still thrive in the Internet era? Can giant record labels avoid alienating their audiences? This is a book about the pitfalls, and the opportunities, creative industries (and individuals) are confronting today--about how the old models have failed or found new footing, and about what might soon replace them. An essential read for anyone with a stake in the future of the arts, Information Doesn't Want to Be Free offers a vivid guide to the ways creativity and the Internet interact today, and to what might be coming next.

ISBN
9781940450469
By
Doctorow, Cory
Publisher
McSweeney's Publishing
Item Condition
Used, Like New
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Item SKU
704755
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C
The Video Activist Handbook - Second Edition
$4.99
Description
This second edition of the highly popular The Video Activist Handbook includes numerous examples of contemporary video activism from around the world. The first book to provide the basic skills and know-how required for beginning video activism, it also offers a wealth of ideas on video strategies to those with some prior experience. Whether you are involved in campaigning, non-violent direct action, or simply want to know how to make use of video as a political tool, this book is for you. - Covers the key topics in a step-by-step guide - from choosing and using the right equipment and planning when and where to shoot, to supplying to TV, making a campaign video and legal considerations - Combines clearly written and illustrated practical advice, backed up by a wealth of resources, with first-hand examples of successful video activism - Critically assesses the mainstream media agendas and offers a lively survey of the international video activist scene
ISBN
9780745317700
By
Harding, Thomas
Publisher
Pluto Press
Item Condition
Used, Very Good
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Clean, unmarked copy with some edge wear. Good binding. Dust jacket included if issued with one. We ship in recyclable American-made mailers. 100% money-back guarantee on all orders.
Item SKU
1118914
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B
The Age of Missing Information
$6.74
Description
"Highly personal and original . . . McKibben goes beyond Marshall McLuhan's theory that the medium is the message."
----"The New York Times"
Imagine watching an entire day's worth of television on every single channel. Acclaimed environmental writer and culture critic Bill McKibben subjected himself to this sensory overload in an experiment to verify whether we are truly better informed than previous generations. Bombarded with newscasts and fluff pieces, game shows and talk shows, ads and infomercials, televangelist pleas and Brady Bunch episodes, McKibben processed twenty-four hours of programming on all ninety-three Fairfax, Virginia, cable stations. Then, as a counterpoint, he spent a day atop a quiet and remote mountain in the Adirondacks, exploring the unmediated man and making small yet vital discoveries about himself and the world around him. As relevant now as it was when originally written in 1992-and with new material from the author on the impact of the Internet age-this witty and astute book is certain to change the way you look at television and perceive media as a whole.
"By turns humorous, wise, and troubling . . . a penetrating critique of technological society."-"Cleveland Plain Dealer"
"Masterful . . . a unique, bizarre portrait of our life and times."
-"Los Angeles Times"
"Do yourself a favor: Put down the remote and pick up this book."
-"Houston Chronicle"

"From the Trade Paperback edition."

ISBN
9780394589336
By
McKibben, Bill
Publisher
Random House
Item Condition
Used, Very Good
About This Product
Clean, unmarked copy with some edge wear. Good binding. Dust jacket included if issued with one. We ship in recyclable American-made mailers. 100% money-back guarantee on all orders.
Item SKU
707693
Location
B
Trans Exploits: Trans of Color Cultures and Technologies in Movement (ANIMA: Critical Race Studies Otherwise)
$24.95
Description
In Trans Exploits Jian Neo Chen explores the cultural practices created by trans and gender-nonconforming artists and activists of color. They argue for a radical rethinking of the policies and technologies of racial gendering and assimilative social programming that have divided LGBT communities and communities of color along the lines of gender, sexuality, class, immigration status, and ability. Focusing on performance, film/video, literature, digital media, and other forms of cultural expression and activism that track the displaced emergences of trans people of color, Chen highlights the complex and varied responses by trans communities to their social dispossession. Through these responses, trans of color cultural workers such as performance artist Yozmit, writer Janet Mock, and organizer Jennicet Gutiérrez challenge dominating perceptions and institutions that kill, confine, police, and discipline trans people.
ISBN
9781478000877
By
Chen, Jian Neo
Publisher
Duke University Press Books
Item Condition
New
About This Product
New from publisher.
Item SKU
9781478000877
Location
Non-Fiction
Global Asian American Popular Cultures
$6.29
Description
A toolkit for understanding how Asian Americans influence, consume and are reflected by mainstream media. Asian Americans have long been the subject and object of popular culture in the U.S. The rapid circulation of cultural flashpoints--such as the American obsession with K-pop sensations, Bollywood dance moves, and sriracha hot sauce--have opened up new ways of understanding how the categories of "Asian" and "Asian American" are counterbalanced within global popular culture. Located at the crossroads of these global and national expressions, Global Asian American Popular Cultures highlights new approaches to modern culture, with essays that explore everything from music, film, and television to comics, fashion, food, and sports. As new digital technologies and cross-media convergence have expanded exchanges of transnational culture, Asian American popular culture emerges as a crucial site for understanding how communities share information and how the meanings of mainstream culture shift with technologies and newly mobile sensibilities. Asian American popular culture is also at the crux of global and national trends in media studies, collapsing boundaries and acting as a lens to view the ebbs and flows of transnational influences on global and American cultures. Offering new and critical analyses of popular cultures that account for emerging textual fields, global producers, technologies of distribution, and trans-medial circulation, this ground-breaking collectionexplores the mainstream and the margins of popular culture.
ISBN
9781479815739
Publisher
NYU Press
Item Condition
Used, Good
About This Product
Moderate edge wear. Binding good. May have marking in text. Dust jacket included if issued with one. We sometimes source from libraries. We ship in recyclable American-made mailers. 100% money-back guarantee on all orders.
Item SKU
600094
Location
A