Media Studies, General
When Biometrics Fail
Gender, Race, and the Technology of Identity
Paperback ISBN: 0822351358
From digital fingerprinting to iris and retina recognition, biometric identification systems are a multibillion dollar industry and an integral part of post-9/11 national security strategy. Yet these technologies often fail to work. The scientific literature on their accuracy and reliability documents widespread and frequent technical malfunction. Shoshana Amielle Magnet argues that these systems fail so often because rendering bodies in biometric code falsely assumes that people's bodies are the same and that individual bodies are stable, or unchanging, over time. By focusing on the moments when biometrics fail, Magnet shows that the technologies work differently, and fail to function more often, on women, people of color, and people with disabilities. Her assessment emphasizes the state's use of biometrics to control and classify vulnerable and marginalized populations—including prisoners, welfare recipients, immigrants, and refugees—and to track individuals beyond the nation's territorial boundaries. When Biometrics Fail is a timely, important contribution to thinking about the security state, surveillance, identity, technology, and human rights.
Views from the Pub Desk
Hardcover ISBN: 0931714737
Elmer Anderson is best known as Minnesota's 30th governor, but he also published a newspaper. This book stems from his career as a journalist. It collects the best of his editorials and columns, revealing his interests in farming, the arts and more.
The World on Sunday
Graphic Art in Joseph Pulitzer's Newspaper, 1898-1911
Hardcover ISBN: 0821261932
Celebrates the artistry and graphic design that transformed Joseph Pulitzer's New York World at the turn of the twentieth century, presenting a wide array of cartoons, caricatures, typography, photography, drawings, maps, and other artwork from a variety of legendary illustrators. 10,000 first printing.
The Gang That Wouldn't Write Straight
Wolfe, Thompson, Didion, Capote, And the New Journalism Revolution
Paperback ISBN: 1400049830
Traces the evolution of a literary form of journalism within the context of the history of America since the end of the Second World War, offering incisive profiles of such gifted writers as John Hershey, Tom Wolfe, Truman Capote, Hunter S. Thompson, and Joan Didion in terms of their lasting influence on American journalism and cultural life. Reprint. 15,000 first printing.
At War Against the Media
Hardcover ISBN: 1881508269
Author Cohen, having been outed in the press as the source of records pertaining to the shoplifting conviction of the political rival of his client in a gubernatorial campaign, sued the paper for breach of contract as they had agreed to use him as an anonymous source. The case, Cohen vs. Cowles Media, eventually reached the Supreme Court and is now studied in First Amendment law. Here he provides his account of those events from the origins of his involvement in the political campaign to the eventual resolution of the case. Annotation ©2005 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
What the Dog Saw
And Other Adventures
Paperback ISBN: 0316076201
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.