Communication Specific Aspects
Reclaiming Conversation: The Power of Talk in a Digital Age
Reclaiming Conversation
The Power of Talk in a Digital Age
Paperback      ISBN: 0143109790

Renowned media scholar Sherry Turkle investigates how a flight from conversation undermines our relationships, creativity, and productivity--and why reclaiming face-to-face conversation can help us regain lost ground.

We live in a technological universe in which we are always communicating. And yet we have sacrificed conversation for mere connection.

Preeminent author and researcher Sherry Turkle has been studying digital culture for over thirty years. Long an enthusiast for its possibilities, here she investigates a troubling consequence: at work, at home, in politics, and in love, we find ways around conversation, tempted by the possibilities of a text or an email in which we don't have to look, listen, or reveal ourselves.

We develop a taste for what mere connection offers. The dinner table falls silent as children compete with phones for their parents' attention. Friends learn strategies to keep conversations going when only a few people are looking up from their phones. At work, we retreat to our screens although it is conversation at the water cooler that increases not only productivity but commitment to work. Online, we only want to share opinions that our followers will agree with - a politics that shies away from the real conflicts and solutions of the public square.

The case for conversation begins with the necessary conversations of solitude and self-reflection. They are endangered: these days, always connected, we see loneliness as a problem that technology should solve. Afraid of being alone, we rely on other people to give us a sense of ourselves, and our capacity for empathy and relationship suffers. We see the costs of the flight from conversation everywhere: conversation is the cornerstone for democracy and in business it is good for the bottom line. In the private sphere, it builds empathy, friendship, love, learning, and productivity.

But there is good news: we are resilient. Conversation cures.

Based on five years of research and interviews in homes, schools, and the workplace, Turkle argues that we have come to a better understanding of where our technology can and cannot take us and that the time is right to reclaim conversation. The most human--and humanizing--thing that we do.

The virtues of person-to-person conversation are timeless, and our most basic technology, talk, responds to our modern challenges. We have everything we need to start, we have each other.
Say Everything: How Blogging Began, What It's Becoming, and Why It Matters
Say Everything
How Blogging Began, What It's Becoming, and Why It Matters
Hardcover      ISBN: 0307451364

The author of Dreaming in Code examines the new species of written conversation--blogs--and explores the dilemmas that still face this new medium, from privacy and self-expression to authority and community.

2012 Presidential Campaign: A Communication Perspective
2012 Presidential Campaign
A Communication Perspective
1st Edition    Paperback      ISBN: 1442216743

Presidential campaigns are our national conversations - the widespread and complex communication of issues, images, social reality, and personas. Political communication specialists break down the 2012 presidential campaign and go beyond the quantitative facts, electoral counts, and poll results of the election, to make sense of the "political bits" of communication that comprise our voting choices. The contributors look at the early campaign period, the nomination process and conventions, the social and political contexts, the debates, the role of candidate spouses, candidate strategies, political strategies, and the use of the Internet and other technologies.

Abstimmungskampagnen: Politikvermittlung in Der Referendumsdemokratie
Abstimmungskampagnen
Politikvermittlung in Der Referendumsdemokratie
German    Paperback      ISBN: 3531166603

Die Anforderungen an die Politikvermittlung steigen. Um politisch komplexe Themen einer breiten politischen ffentlichkeit verst ndlich zu machen, ist der wachsende Zugriff auf Emotionalisierung und Personalisierung zu beobachten. Nicht selten r ckt das eigentliche Thema dabei in den Hintergrund. In Demokratien, in denen direktdemokratische Verfahren die politische Praxis bestimmen, verh lt sich das anders. Hier werden die politischen Akteure quasi gezwungen das politische Sachgeschehen rechtzeitig und verst ndlich zu erkl ren und ihre Positionen zu begr nden. "Politische Kampagnen in der Referendumsdemokratie" m chte die professionalisierten Kompetenzen in der politischen Kampagnenf hrung von Akteuren, die politische Kampagnen regelm ig unter den Bedingungen einer "traditionellen" Referendumsdemokratie f hren, f r Dritte aufarbeiten.

Acoustic Territories, Second Edition: Sound Culture and Everyday Life
Acoustic Territories, Second Edition
Sound Culture and Everyday Life
2nd Edition    Hardcover      ISBN: 1501336185

The revised edition of Acoustic Territories: Sound Culture and Everyday Life offers an expansive reading of auditory life. It provides a careful consideration of the performative dynamics inherent to sounding and listening, and discusses how sound studies may illuminate understandings of contemporary society. Combining research on urbanism, popular culture, street life and sonic technologies, Acoustic Territories opens up a range of critical perspectives--it challenges debates surrounding noise pollution and charts an acoustic politics of space by engaging auditory experience as found within particular cultural histories and related ideologies. Brandon LaBelle traces sound culture through a topographic structure: from underground territories to the home, and further, into the rhythms and vibrations of streets and neighborhoods, and finally to the sky itself as an arena of transmitted imaginaries.

The new edition includes an additional global territory of the relational, positioning acoustics as a range of everyday practices that rework dominant tonalities. Questions of orientation and emplacement are critically raised, reframing listening as multi-modal and intrinsic to resistant socialities and what the author terms acts of compositioning. The book is fully updated to include new relevant research and references surfacing since 2010, as well as a new preface to the second edition. Acoustic Territories continues to uncover the embedded tensions and potentialities inherent to sound as it exists in the everyday spaces around us.
Acoustic Territories, Second Edition: Sound Culture and Everyday Life
Acoustic Territories, Second Edition
Sound Culture and Everyday Life
2nd Edition    Paperback      ISBN: 1501336193

The revised edition of Acoustic Territories: Sound Culture and Everyday Life offers an expansive reading of auditory life. It provides a careful consideration of the performative dynamics inherent to sounding and listening, and discusses how sound studies may illuminate understandings of contemporary society. Combining research on urbanism, popular culture, street life and sonic technologies, Acoustic Territories opens up a range of critical perspectives--it challenges debates surrounding noise pollution and charts an acoustic politics of space by engaging auditory experience as found within particular cultural histories and related ideologies. Brandon LaBelle traces sound culture through a topographic structure: from underground territories to the home, and further, into the rhythms and vibrations of streets and neighborhoods, and finally to the sky itself as an arena of transmitted imaginaries.

The new edition includes an additional global territory of the relational, positioning acoustics as a range of everyday practices that rework dominant tonalities. Questions of orientation and emplacement are critically raised, reframing listening as multi-modal and intrinsic to resistant socialities and what the author terms acts of compositioning. The book is fully updated to include new relevant research and references surfacing since 2010, as well as a new preface to the second edition. Acoustic Territories continues to uncover the embedded tensions and potentialities inherent to sound as it exists in the everyday spaces around us.
Alien Life and Human Purpose: A Rhetorical Examination through History
Alien Life and Human Purpose
A Rhetorical Examination through History
Hardcover      ISBN: 1498513018

Alien Life and Human Purpose: A Rhetorical Examination through History provides a rhetorical examination of the way major historical figures connect their arguments for the absence of alien life, or "unity," to their philosophical, religious, and ethical agendas. Although the unity myth has often existed in the background of society, shaping institutions and values, during periods where relativism gained prominence, its opponents actively wielded the unity myth as a response; Plato used the unity myth against the sophists, Anglican theologian and philosopher William Whewell against the utilitarians, co-discoverer of evolution Alfred Russell Wallace against the social Darwinists, university professors Frank J. Tipler and John D. Barrow against the postmodernists, etc. These individuals presented scientific defenses of unity and then used the "fact" of unity to claim the universe is teleological, knowable, and ordered, rather than chaotic and relativistic. This book argues that unity and its complimentary mythic function have played an important role in shaping values throughout history and more importantly continue to do so today.

The Art of Captivating Conversation: How to Be Confident, Charismatic, and Likable in Any Situation
The Art of Captivating Conversation
How to Be Confident, Charismatic, and Likable in Any Situation
Paperback      ISBN: 1510729062
The Art of Captivating Conversation is a book for enhancing social skills and developing conversation starters--how to have a deeper connection with people, with tips based on human and social psychology as well as the author's observations and proven coaching techniques. Readers will learn the basics of what makes a good interaction, as well as a plethora of highly-actionable techniques to become more confident, charismatic, and likable. For example:
  • If your conversations are boring, it may be because you don't know yourself--your experiences or opinions--so you have little to share
  • Most people ask bad questions because they are either too specific (what's your favorite movie?) or too broad (what is your passion?)
  • If you need a witty comeback to an insult, simply agree with the insult and amplify it to an outlandish degree. This shows security and wit.
Think of The Art of Captivating Conversation as a more detailed and nuanced How to Win Friends & Influence People for the modern age, now that most people see Carnegie's book as "common sense." It will be a handy reference for both introverts looking to step out, and confident speakers looking for an edge. The Art of Captivating Conversationempowers readers to step out of their comfort zones to not only break the ice, but also engage an audience in a meaningful and enriching conversation. It is a handy book that will empower readers to speak confidently.
The Art of Conversation: Change Your Life with Confident Communication
The Art of Conversation
Change Your Life with Confident Communication
Hardcover      ISBN: 0857085387

Good conversation is at the heart of networking, meetings, interviews, negotiations and raising your profile. It can ease your way in work, enabling you to build alliances, create strong relationships with staff, bosses and clients, succeed at interviews, motivate and inspire.

But conversation is something most of us were never taught We learn to speak as babies, but how conversation actually works is something most of us pick up only haphazardly, and many have yet to learn. Why is it some of us are stuck for words, but others blabber or can't stop? What is it that some people have naturally which enables them to converse comfortably and easily, to engage people and build better relationships?

The Art of Conversation will show you step by step how to converse skillfully and enjoyably with other people, at home, at work, on the phone and in the street- even if you're daunted now, discover the difference good conversation can make in every aspect of your life. Learn to:

-Overcome the most common block to good conversation- fear; find out how to break the silence and keep the conversation going

- Understand the different types of conversation and how they work- which topics and language are suitable for the occasion

- Learn simple methods for being heard and understood, including speaking clearly and audibly, listening well and using non-verbal communication

- Find out how to hold a conversation in tricky situations, including how to disagree, how to speak to those in authority and people you find difficult

-Use conversation to form relationships, improve friendships, make the sale, chat people up, to learn, influence and persuade.

Audience Analysis
Audience Analysis
Hardcover      ISBN: 0761910018

Denis McQuail provides a coherent and succinct account of the concept of "media audience" in terms of its history and its place in present-day media theory and research. McQuail describes and explains the main types of audience and the main traditions and fields of audience research. Audience Analysis explains the contrast between social scientific and humanistic approaches and gives due weight to the view "from the audience" as well as the view "from the media." McQuail summarizes key research findings and assesses the impact of new media developments, especially transnationalization and new interactive technology. The book concludes with an evaluation of the continued relevance of the audience concept under conditions of rapid m