Manufacturing Consent: The Political Economy of the Mass Media by Edward S. Herman, Noam Chomsky - brilliant analysis of the ways in which individuals and organizations of the media are influenced to shape the social agendas of knowledge and, therefore, belief. Contrary to the popular conception of members of the press as hard-bitten realists doggedly pursuing unpopular truths, Herman and Chomsky prove conclusively that the free-market economics model of media leads inevitably to normative and narrow reporting.
Understanding Media by Marshall McLuhan- This reissue marks the thirtieth anniversary (1964-1994) this classic's expose on the state of the then emerging phenomenon of mass media. Terms and phrases such as “the global village” and “the medium is the massage” are now part of the lexicon, and McLuhan's theories continue to challenge our sensibilities and our assumptions about how and what we communicate.
The Global Village: Transformations in World Life and Media in the 21st Century by Marshall McLuhan and Bruce R. Powers- a detailed conceptual framework describing two very different ways of perceiving the world- the Western Visual Space and the Eastern Acoustic Space.
On Dialogue by David Bohm- This revised and expanded edition is the most comprehensive documentation Bohm’s dialogical world view.
Rich Media, Poor Democracy : Communication Politics in Dubious Times by Robert Waterman McChesney- a stimulating, nuanced, and rigorously researched presentation of the case for overhauling the current media regime.
PR! by Stuart Ewen contains thoughtful reflections on the impact of manufactured media on our culture and democracy, topics relevant to all.
The Power of Personal Storytelling by Jack Maguire- explains how to mine your memories to communicate more effectively, enhance personal and professional relationships, and understand yourself better so that you can better understand others.
Telecosm: How Infinite Bandwidth Will Revolutionize Our World by George Gilder- predicts a revolutionary new era of unlimited bandwidth: it describes how the age of the microchip--dubbed the microcosm--is ending and leaving in its wake a new era--the telecosm, or the world enabled and defined by new communications technology.
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