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Meme Wars
Language: en
Pages: 192
Authors: Kalle Lasn, Adbusters
Categories: Business & Economics
Type: BOOK - Published: 2013-01-15 - Publisher: Seven Stories Press

From the editor and magazine that started and named the Occupy Wall Street movement, Meme Wars: The Creative Destruction of Neoclassical Economics is an articulation of what could be the next steps in rethinking and remaking our world that challenges and debunks many of the assumptions of neoclassical economics and brings to light a more ecological model. Meme Wars aims to accelerate the shift into this new paradigm that takes into account psychonomics, bionomics, and other aspects of our physical and mental environment that are often left out in discussions of economics. Like Adbusters, the book will be image heavy and full-color throughout. Lasn calls it "a textbook for the future" that provides the building blocks, in texts and visuals, for a new way of looking at and changing our world. Through an examination of alternative economies, Lasn hopes to spur students to become "barefoot economists" and to see that a humanization of economics is possible. Meme Wars will include contributions from Nobel Prize winner Joseph Stiglitz, Paul Samuelson, George Akerlof, Lourdes Benería, Julie Matthaei, Manfred Max-Neef, David Orrell, Paul Gilding, Mathis Wackernagel and the father of ecological economics Herman Daly, among others. Based on ideas that were presented in a special issue of Adbusters entitled "Thought Control in Economics: Beyond the Growth Paradigm / An Activist Toolkit," Meme Wars will help move forward the Occupy Wall Street movement.
Cyberactivism on the Participatory Web
Language: en
Pages: 296
Authors: Martha McCaughey
Categories: Social Science
Type: BOOK - Published: 2014-04-16 - Publisher: Routledge

Cyberactivism already has a rich history, but over the past decade the participatory web—with its de-centralized information/media sharing, portability, storage capacity, and user-generated content—has reshaped political and social change. Cyberactivism on the Participatory Web examines the impact of these new technologies on political organizing and protest across the political spectrum, from the Arab Spring to artists to far-right groups. Linking new information and communication technologies to possibilities for solidarity and action—as well as surveillance and control—in a context of global capital flow, war, and environmental crisis, the contributors to this volume provide nuanced analyses of the dramatic transformations in media, citizenship, and social movements taking place today.
Because Internet
Language: en
Pages: 336
Authors: Gretchen McCulloch
Categories: Social Science
Type: BOOK - Published: 2019-07-23 - Publisher: Penguin

AN INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER!! Named a Best Book of 2019 by TIME, Amazon, and The Washington Post A Wired Must-Read Book of Summer “Gretchen McCulloch is the internet’s favorite linguist, and this book is essential reading. Reading her work is like suddenly being able to see the matrix.” —Jonny Sun, author of everyone's a aliebn when ur a aliebn too Because Internet is for anyone who's ever puzzled over how to punctuate a text message or wondered where memes come from. It's the perfect book for understanding how the internet is changing the English language, why that's a good thing, and what our online interactions reveal about who we are. Language is humanity's most spectacular open-source project, and the internet is making our language change faster and in more interesting ways than ever before. Internet conversations are structured by the shape of our apps and platforms, from the grammar of status updates to the protocols of comments and @replies. Linguistically inventive online communities spread new slang and jargon with dizzying speed. What's more, social media is a vast laboratory of unedited, unfiltered words where we can watch language evolve in real time. Even the most absurd-looking slang has genuine patterns behind it. Internet linguist Gretchen McCulloch explores the deep forces that shape human language and influence the way we communicate with one another. She explains how your first social internet experience influences whether you prefer "LOL" or "lol," why ~sparkly tildes~ succeeded where centuries of proposals for irony punctuation had failed, what emoji have in common with physical gestures, and how the artfully disarrayed language of animal memes like lolcats and doggo made them more likely to spread.
Cultural Studies
Language: en
Pages: 584
Authors: Chris Barker
Categories: Social Science
Type: BOOK - Published: 2011-12-12 - Publisher: SAGE

"Chris Barker is a trustworthy field guide for those new to cultural studies." - Ben Highmore, University of Sussex "Remarkable in the breadth of its coverage, it is written with passion and insight. It will be warmly welcomed by students interested in how theory can help us to think through the complexities of real-world issues." - Stuart Allan, Bournemouth University "Has been for many years one of the best guides to and overviews of a broad range of the issues and theories that constitute cultural studies... For those who want to be prepped to play the game of cultural studies, this is the book to read." - Douglas Kellner, UCLA Building upon the scope and authority of previous editions this book represents a definitive benchmark in understanding and applying the foundations of cultural studies. it provides those new to the field with an authoritative introduction to everything they need to know. An indispensible resource for any student or lecturer it is packed with concise, accessible definitions, clear chapter summaries, inspiring student activities, biographical snapshots of key figures and a full glossary. With updates to every chapter and many more practical examples, this new edition includes: New material on social media, subcultures and climate change Improved coverage of digital cultures, digital media, digital games and the virtual city A comprehensive companion website providing student exercises, global case-studies, essay questions and links to relevant SAGE journal articles. Visit www.sagepub.co.uk/barker This is the perfect book for any student needing a vibrant, comprehensive introduction to cultural studies. An essential companion for all undergraduate students embarking on a cultural studies course or module.
The Ecology of Learning
Language: en
Pages: 241
Authors: John Blewitt
Categories: Education
Type: BOOK - Published: 2006 - Publisher: Earthscan

A key starting point for understanding and achieving sustainability are our experiences of everyday life, the meanings and the connections we develop, and the learning and action these experiences engender. This book explores how learning throughout and across life is, and may become, an integral aspect of the process of sustainable development. It addresses the need for "life-long learning," that is, learning that occurs in various aspects of our lives including work, families, home, community groups, or any non-traditional ‘school’ or learning environments, to seriously engage with sustainability issues. Coverage includes the relationship between learning and sustainability, sustainability and everyday life, environmental mediascapes, public space and landscapes, learning networks and community action, sustainability learning and leisure, work and the need to reshape our understanding of a learning society. The breadth is impressive with an approachable and easy-to-read engagement with theoretical approaches to lifelong learning and sustainability and a vast range of evidence and case studies drawn from dozens of contexts in the UK/Europe, the USA and Canada.
Internet Memes and Society
Language: en
Pages: 204
Authors: Anastasia Bertazzoli
Categories: Social Science
Type: BOOK - Published: 2019-03-21 - Publisher: Routledge

This book provides a solid, encompassing definition of Internet memes, exploring both the common features of memes around the globe and their particular regional traits. It identifies and explains the roles that these viral texts play in Internet communication: cultural, social and political implications; significance for self-representation and identity formation; promotion of alternative opinion or trending interpretation; and subversive and resistant power in relation to professional media, propaganda, and traditional and digital political campaigning. It also offers unique comparative case studies of Internet memes in Russia and the United States.
Disinformation and You
Language: en
Authors: Marie D. Jones
Categories: Political Science
Type: BOOK - Published: 2021-05-01 - Publisher: Visible Ink Press

We live in an age of disinformation, misinformation, and outright lies. The modern world blasts us with information, talking points, spin, advertising, and attempts to persuade. But what are we to believe and whom should we trust? From the 515 B.C.E. Behistun inscription to the 2020 Covid-19 pandemic and Black Lives Matter protests, Disinformation and You: Identify Propaganda and Manipulation examines the history of propaganda and disinformation in war, politics, polling, media, entertainment, cults, advertising, science, medicine, and even in our personal interactions. It also provides helpful suggestions and tips for identifying disinformation and fighting back against manipulation and censorship. The tools and methods of propaganda are dissected, such as Misdirection, Marginalization, False Flag Attacks, Divide and Conquer, Flipping Reality on Its Head, Coercive Persuasion, Repetition, Memes, Spin, Feedback Loops, Framing, and so many more. Engaging and useful, this book’s helpful topics include ... propaganda during battles and wartime the money behind politics and the media predictive programming as a form of social engineering advertising sales tactics how things go viral the power of memes and hashtags to push a story or idea censorship in the media and on social media networks spin, sponsored news, fake news, and the mainstream media cult mentality and groupthink disinformation campaigns and false flags how conspiracy theories work how to identify fake news and propaganda Disinformation and You: Identify Propaganda and Manipulation will help you spot and counter the seductive and deceptive tactics to influence your behavior. So, get on the bandwagon with the rest of us decent folk and stop listening to fools. After all, two out of three people have seen their IQ scores rise by buying this book! Really, buy this book and be smarter (in recognizing propaganda, that is). With many photos, illustrations, and other graphics, this tome is richly illustrated. Its helpful bibliography and extensive index add to its usefulness.
Post-Political and its Discontents
Language: en
Pages: 224
Authors: Japhy Wilson
Categories: Political Science
Type: BOOK - Published: 2014-06-23 - Publisher: Edinburgh University Press

Our age is celebrated as the triumph of liberal democracy. Yet it is also marked by a narrowing of party differences, a decline in voter participation, a rise in nationalist and religious fundamentalisms and an explosion of popular protests that challenge technocratic governance and the power of markets in the name of democracy itself. This book seeks to make sense of this situation by critically engaging with the influential theory of 'the post-political' developed by Chantal Mouffe, Jacques Ranciere, Slavoj ?i?ek and others. Through a multi-dimensional and fiercely contested assessment of contemporary depoliticization, 'The Post-Political and Its Discontents' urges us to confront the closure of our political horizons, and to re-imagine the possibility of emancipatory change.
The Condition of Democracy
Language: en
Pages: 198
Authors: Jürgen Mackert, Hannah Wolf, Bryan S. Turner
Categories: Social Science
Type: BOOK - Published: 2021-07-12 - Publisher: Routledge

Recent years have seen contestations of democracy all around the globe. Democracy is challenged as a political as well as a normative term, and as a form of governance. Against the background of neoliberal transformation, populist mobilization, and xenophobic exclusion, but also of radical and emancipatory democratic projects, this collection offers a variety of critical and challenging perspectives on the condition of democracy in the 21st century. The volumes provide theoretical and empirical enquiries into the meaning and practice of liberal democracy, the erosion of democratic institutions, and the consequences for citizenship and everyday lives. With a pronounced focus on national and transnational politics and processes, as well as postcolonial and settler colonial contexts, individual contributions scrutinize the role of democratic societies, ideals, and ideologies of liberal democracy within global power geometries. By employing the multiple meanings of The Condition of Democracy, the collection addresses the preconditions of democratic rule, the state this form of governance is in, and the changing ways in which citizens can (still) act as the sovereign in liberal democratic societies. The books offer both challenging theoretical perspectives and rigorous empirical findings of how to conceive of democracy in our times, which will appeal to academics and students in social and political science, economics, and international relations amongst other fields. The focus on developments in the Middle East and North Africa will furthermore be of great usefulness to academics and the wider public interested in the repercussions of western democracy promotion as well as in contemporary struggles for democratization ‘from below’. During the last 50 years, liberal democracies have been exposed to a fundamental reorganization of their politico-economic structure that transformed them through the impact of neo-liberal economic doctrines focused on low taxation, free markets, and out-sourcing that have little regard in reality for democratic institutions or liberal values. The failures of the neoliberal ‘remedy’ for capitalism are now dramatically obvious through the banking crisis of 2008-2011, the increase in income inequality, the social and psychological damage caused by the austerity packages across Europe, and widespread dependence on experts whose influence over government policies typically goes without public scrutiny. While this has only accelerated the destruction of the social fabric in modern Western societies, the dramatic redistribution of wealth and an open 'politics for the rich' have also revealed the long-time well-covered alliance of the global oligarchy with the Far Right that has the effect of undermining democracy. The contributions to this volume discuss a wide variety of processes of transformation, the social consequences, dedemocratization and illiberalization of once liberal democracies through the destructive impact of neoliberal strategies. These strongly politico-economic contributions are complemented with general sociological analyses of a number of cultural aspects often neglected in analyses of democracy.
Going Dark
Language: en
Pages: 368
Authors: Julia Ebner
Categories: Political Science
Type: BOOK - Published: 2021-03-23 - Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

A TELEGRAPH BOOK OF THE YEAR 'Engaging and visceral ... Reads like a thriller' Financial Times 'Riveting and often deeply disturbing ... A punch to the stomach' Sunday Times 'Ebner has done some gutsy, thought-provoking research' Sunday Telegraph 'Fascinating and important' Spectator By day, Julia Ebner works at a counter-extremism think tank, monitoring radical groups from the outside. But two years ago, she began to feel she was only seeing half the picture; she needed to get inside the groups to truly understand them. She decided to go undercover in her spare hours – late nights, holidays, weekends – adopting five different identities, and joining a dozen extremist groups from across the ideological spectrum. Her journey would take her from a Generation Identity global strategy meeting in a pub in Mayfair, to a Neo-Nazi Music Festival on the border of Germany and Poland. She would get relationship advice from 'Trad Wives' and Jihadi Brides and hacking lessons from ISIS. She was in the channels when the alt-right began planning the lethal Charlottesville rally, and spent time in the networks that would radicalise the Christchurch terrorist. In Going Dark, Ebner takes the reader on a deeply compulsive journey into the darkest recesses of extremist thinking, exposing how closely we are surrounded by their fanatical ideology every day, the changing nature and practice of these groups, and what is being done to counter them.
Affect, Emotion, and Rhetorical Persuasion in Mass Communication
Language: en
Pages: 238
Authors: Lei Zhang, Carlton Clark
Categories: Language Arts & Disciplines
Type: BOOK - Published: 2018-10-09 - Publisher: Routledge

This volume examines the interplay between affect theory and rhetorical persuasion in mass communication. The essays collected here draw connections between affect theory, rhetorical studies, mass communication theory, cultural studies, political science, sociology, and a host of other disciplines. Contributions from a wide range of scholars feature theoretical overviews and critical perspectives on the movement commonly referred to as "the affective turn" as well as case studies. Critical investigations of the rhetorical strategies behind the 2016 United States presidential election, public health and antiterrorism mass media campaigns, television commercials, and the digital spread of fake news, among other issues, will prove to be both timely and of enduring value. This book will be of use to advanced undergraduates, graduate students, and active researchers in communication, rhetoric, political science, social psychology, sociology, and cultural studies.
Progress in Understanding Reading
Language: en
Pages: 536
Authors: Keith E. Stanovich
Categories: Education
Type: BOOK - Published: 2000-04-21 - Publisher: Guilford Press

The last 25 years have seen tremendous advances in the study of psychological processes in reading. Our growing body of knowledge on the reading process and reading acquisition has applications to such important problems as the prevention of reading difficulties and the identification of effective instructional practices. This volume summarizes the gains that have been made in key areas of reading research and provides insights on current controversies and debates. The volume is divided into seven parts, with each part begininning with an introductory chapter presenting findings on the topic at hand, followed by one or more classic papers from the author's research program. Issues covered include phonological processes and context effects in reading, the "reading wars" and how they should be resolved, the meaning of the term "dyslexia," and the cognitive effects and benefits of reading. --From publisher's description.