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No longer a niche or cult identity, fandom now colors our notions of an expansive generational construct—the millennial generation. Like fans, millennials are frequently cast as active participants in media culture, spectators who expect opportunities to…

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This reissue of Understanding Media marks the thirtieth anniversary (1964-1994) of Marshall McLuhan's classic 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 message" are…

The Best American Infographics 2015

by Maria Popova

|October 20, 2015

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Praise for The Best American Infographics Represent[s] the full spectrum of the genre-from authoritative to playful."- Scientific American "Not only is it a thing of beauty, it's also a good read, with thoughtful explanations of each winning graphic."- Nature…

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The study of surveillance is more relevant than ever before. The fast growth of the field of surveillance studies reflects both the urgency of civil liberties and privacy questions in the war on terror era and the classical social science debates over the power…

The Best American Infographics 2016

by Gareth Cook

|This title releases October 4, 2016

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Another year, another superb volume." - Nature The year's most "awesome" (RedOrbit) infographics reveal aspects of our world in often startling ways-from a haunting graphic mapping the journey of 15,790 slave ships over 315 years, to a yearlong data drawing…

The HBO Effect

by Dean J. DeFino

|November 21, 2013

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No advertisers to please, no censors to placate, no commercial interruptions every eleven minutes, demanding cliffhangers to draw viewers back after the commercial breaks: HBO has re-written the rules of television; and the result has been nothing short of a…

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With books such as Discourse Networks and Gramophone, Film, Typewriter and the collection Literature, Media, Information Systems , Friedrich Kittler has established himself as one of the world's most influential media theorists. He is also one of the most…

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Max Weber argued that the development of capitalism would lead to the progressive rationalization and disenchantment of society: today this process is reaching its endpoint and capitalism is collapsing into a disturbing kind of irrationality. It engenders…

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Globalization and technological advances have had a dramatic impact on the relationship between media and politics. How can we understand the connection between the two in the present day? Alexa Robertson argues that we cannot understand the power of the one…

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Digital Media has transformed the way Canadians socialize and interact, conduct business, experience culture, fight political battles, and acquire knowledge. Traditional media, including newspapers and conventional TV networks, remain the primary link to…

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Political communication systems in advanced industrial democracies are in a state of flux. The traditional political communication system, with its limited and regulated media channels, stable patterns of media consumption, and identifiable party loyalty, which…

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In focusing on the practices, politics and ethics of listening, this wide-ranging book offers an important new perspective on questions of media audiences, publics and citizenship. Listening is central to modern communication, politics and experience, but is…