Media Studies, General
Smells Like Dead Elephants
Dispatches from a Rotting Empire
Paperback ISBN: 0802170412
A political journalist and author of Spanking the Donkey offers a shocking portrait of the American government at work as he sounds off on the abuses and outrages perpetrated by the Bush administration, covering such topics as George W. Bush, Jack Abramoff, post-Katrina New Orleans, Abu Ghraib, the evolution-vs.-intelligent design battle in Pennsylvania, and more. Original. 35,000 first printing.
The Taliban Shuffle
Strange Days in Afghanistan and Pakistan
Hardcover ISBN: 0385533314
A wisecracking foreign correspondent recounts her experiences in Afghanistan and Pakistan while sharing cautionary observations about the region in its first post-Taliban years and the responsibilities of the U.S. and NATO.
Reporting at Wit's End
Tales from the New Yorker
Paperback ISBN: 160819034x
Collects the 36-year New Yorker veteran's most memorable work from the 1930s through the 1960s, creating a portrait of a long-forgotten New York and highlighting the author's incomparable wit and love of the city's rough edges. Original.
The Disappearance of Childhood
Paperback ISBN: 0679751661
Argues that the intrusion of television into every home introduces children too early to adult concepts and activities and subverts their ability to think abstractly, and the very concept of childhood is being destroyed
The Anime Machine
A Media Theory of Animation
Paperback ISBN: 0816651558
Despite the longevity of animation and its significance within the history of cinema, film theorists have focused on live-action motion pictures and largely ignored hand-drawn and computer-generated movies. Thomas Lamarre contends that the history, techniques, and complex visual language of animation, particularly Japanese animation, demands serious and sustained engagement, and in The Anime Machine he lays the foundation for a new critical theory for reading Japanese animation, showing how anime fundamentally differs from other visual media. The Anime Machine defines the visual characteristics of anime and the meanings generated by those specifically "animetic" effects-the multiplanar image, the distributive field of vision, exploded projection, modulation, and other techniques of character animation-through close analysis of major films and television series, studios, animators, and directors, as well as Japanese theories of animation. Lamarre first addresses the technology of anime: the cells on which the images are drawn, the animation stand at which the animator works, the layers of drawings in a frame, the techniques of drawing and blurring lines, how characters are made to move. He then examines foundational works of anime, including the films and television series of Miyazaki Hayao and Anno Hideaki, the multimedia art of Murakami Takashi, and CLAMP's manga and anime adaptations, to illuminate the profound connections between animators, characters, spectators, and technology. Working at the intersection of the philosophy of technology and the history of thought, Lamarre explores how anime and its related media entail material orientations and demonstrates concretely how the "animetic machine" encourages a specific approach to thinking about technology and opens new ways for understanding our place in the technologized world around us.
Digitizing The News
Innovation In Online Newspapers
Paperback ISBN: 0262524392
Winner of the 2005 Outstanding Book Award sponsored by the International Communication Association (ICA) , Co-winner of the 2005 Book of the Year Award presented by the Critical and Cultural Studies Division of the National Communication Association and Co-winner of the 2004 Book Award presented by the Organizational Communication Division of the National Communication Association In this study of how daily newspapers in America have developed electronic publishing ventures, Pablo Boczkowski shows that new media emerge not just in a burst of revolutionary technological change but by merging the structures and practices of existing media with newly available technical capabilities. His multi-disciplinary perspectives of science and technology, communication, and organization studies allow him to address the connections between technical, editorial, and work facets of new media. This approach yields analytical insights into the material culture of online newsrooms, the production processes of new media products, and the relationships between offline and online dynamics. Boczkowski traces daily newspapers' early consumer-oriented non-print publishing initiatives, from the now-forgotten videotex efforts of the 1980s to the rise of the World Wide Web in the mid- 1990s. He then examines the formative years of news on the Web during the second half of the 1990s, when the content of online newspapers varied from simple reproduction of the print edition to new material with interactive and multimedia features. With this picture of the recent history of non-print publishing as background, Boczkowski provides ethnographic, fly-on-the-wall accounts of three innovations in content creation: the Technology section of the New York Times on the Web, which was initially intended as the newspaper's space for experimentation with online news; the Virtual Voyager project of the HoustonChronicle.com, in which reporters pushed the envelope of multimedia journalism; and the Community Connection initiative of New Jersey Online, in which users became content producers. His analyses of these ventures reveal how innovation in online newspapers became an ongoing process in which different combinations of initial conditions and local contingencies led publishers along divergent paths of content creation.
You Are Being Lied to
The Disinformation Guide to Media Distortion, Historical Whitewashes and Cultural Myths
Paperback ISBN: 0966410076
This book acts as a battering ram against the distortions, myths and outright lies that have been shoved down our throats by the government, the media, corporations, organized religion, the scientific establishment and others who want to keep the truth from us. A group of researchers - investigative reporters, political dissidents, academics, media watchdogs, scientist-philosophers, social critics and rogue scholars - paints a picture of a world where crucial stories are ignored or actively suppressed and the official version of events has more holes in it than Swiss cheese. A world where real dangers are downplayed and nonexistent dangers are trumpeted. In short, a world where you are being lied to. You'll discover that a human being has already been cloned; Joseph McCarthy was not paranoid; museums refuse to display artifacts that conflict with the theory of evolution; the CIA has admitted to involvement in the drug trade; parents don't affect who their children become; plus further revelations involving Columbine, WWII, textbooks, Al Gore, George W. Bush, Timothy Leary and much more.
Visions of Japanese Modernity
Articulations of Cinema, Nation, and Spectatorship, 1895-1925
Paperback ISBN: 0520254562
Japan has done marvelous things with cinema, giving the world the likes of Kurosawa, Mizoguchi, and Ozu. But cinema did not arrive in Japan full-formed at the end of the nineteenth century, nor was it simply adopted into an ages-old culture. Aaron Gerow explores the processes by which film was defined, transformed, and adapted during its first three decades in Japan. He focuses in particular on how one trend in criticism, the Pure Film Movement, changed not only the way films were made, but also how they were conceived. Looking closely at the work of critics, theorists, intellectuals, benshi artists, educators, police, and censors, Gerow finds that this critical trend established a way of thinking about cinema that would reign in Japan for much of the twentieth century, one intimately tied to structures of power and class in the domestic and global spheres, and one that ultimately expressed fundamental struggles over the meaning of film, culture, and society.
What the Dog Saw
And Other Adventures
1st Edition Hardcover ISBN: 0316075841
Collects the author's best "New Yorker" pieces, including essays on such topics as why there are so many kinds of mustard but only one type of ketchup, a surprising assessment of what makes a safer car, and an examination of a machine built to predict hit movies.