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Adbusters, Issue 59: Conflict Resolution

AB59: clash Resolution
(May/June 2005)

Based in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, Adbusters is a not-for-profit, reader-supported journal involved in the erosion of our actual and cultural environments through advertisement forces. due to the fact that 1989, the journal has been featured in hundreds of thousands of other and mainstream newspapers, magazines, tv and radio indicates. identified around the world for sparking Occupy Wall highway, Adbusters is usually chargeable for social media campaigns akin to purchase not anything Day and electronic Detox Week.

Included within the journal are incisive philosophical articles and activist statement, coupled with effect layout that seeks to unbound the conventional journal structure. matters suitable to our modern second, resembling media focus, weather switch and genetically transformed meals are on a regular basis featured. We hunt down an international the place economic system and ecology exist in concord. via not easy humans to develop into individuals rather than spectators, Adbusters takes target at company disinformation, worldwide injustice and the industries and governments who actively pollute and spoil our actual and psychological commons.

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The Porning of America: The Rise of Porn Culture, What It Means, and Where We Go from Here

By Carmine Sarracino

From the preferred Bratz dolls to the notorious photographs from Abu Ghraib, The Porning of America unearths that porn has turn into the mainstream-and the mainstream has develop into porn. Carmine Sarracino and Kevin Scott argue that porn has seeped into and been absorbed via each defining point of our tradition: language, leisure, type, ads, sexual habit, even politics. Cultural absorption is so whole that we now not need to buy pornography to get porn simply because we more and more stay porn on a regular basis.

In tracing porn's transformation-from the Civil struggle to the golden age of comedian books within the Nineteen Forties and Fifties to the grownup movie industry's golden decade of the Seventies and as much as today-the authors illustrate that what begun at the hours of darkness alleys of yankee lifestyles has now emerged as an unapologetic multibillion-dollar undefined. during this astonishingly finished publication, Sarracino and Scott profile such "porn exemplars"-those who've been pivotal to the mainstreaming of porn-as Russ Meyer, Snoop Dogg, Jenna Jameson, and Paris Hilton; they record how mainstream ads makes use of porn tradition to promote advertisement items now to a fair more youthful, "tween" viewers; and so they pose the most important questions: How has porn formed the way in which we view our personal and others' our bodies? Sarracino and Scott study porned ads of every thing from Clinique to Orbit gum to previous Spice. How has porn motivated our relations and the way do present sexual behaviors, equivalent to the "hookup," mimic porn? The authors glance to MySpace and Craigslist for solutions. and the way does porn form our identification, as participants and as a kingdom? Sarracino and Scott argue that the mistreatment of prisoners at Abu Ghraib uncovered our porned sensibilities.

Not an anti-porn diatribe, The Porning of America is resolutely pro-sex. Sarracino and Scott contend that, to utilize our hard-won sexual freedom, we needs to thoughtfully-and honestly-evaluate what will be freeing approximately porn in addition to what should be harmful. Nuanced, well timed, and pressing, The Porning of America will swap the way you see the realm round you.

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Adbusters, Issue 51: Systematically Distorted Information

AB51: Systematically Distorted details
(January/February 2004)

Based in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, Adbusters is a not-for-profit, reader-supported journal thinking about the erosion of our actual and cultural environments via advertisement forces. on the grounds that 1989, the journal has been featured in hundreds and hundreds of other and mainstream newspapers, magazines, tv and radio indicates. recognized around the world for sparking Occupy Wall road, Adbusters is additionally answerable for social media campaigns similar to purchase not anything Day and electronic Detox Week.

Included within the journal are incisive philosophical articles and activist statement, coupled with impression layout that seeks to unbound the normal journal structure. matters correct to our modern second, akin to media focus, weather swap and genetically converted meals are frequently featured. We search out a global the place financial system and ecology exist in concord. through demanding humans to turn into individuals in preference to spectators, Adbusters takes goal at company disinformation, international injustice and the industries and governments who actively pollute and spoil our actual and psychological commons.

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The Information Diet: A Case for Conscious Consumption

By Clay A. Johnson

The smooth human animal spends upwards of eleven hours out of each 24 in a country of continuous intake. now not consuming, yet gorging on info endlessly spewed from the displays and audio system we carry pricey. simply as we now have grown morbidly overweight on sugar, fats, and flour—so, too, have we turn into gluttons for texts, fast messages, emails, RSS feeds, downloads, video clips, prestige updates, and tweets.

We're all struggling with a hurricane of distractions, buffeted with notifications and tempted by way of tasty tidbits of data. And simply as an excessive amount of junk nutrition can result in weight problems, an excessive amount of junk details may end up in cluelessness. The details Diet exhibits you ways to thrive during this info glut—what to appear for, what to prevent, and the way to be selective. within the approach, writer Clay Johnson explains the function info has performed all through background, and why following his prescribed vitamin is vital for everybody who strives to be clever, effective, and sane.

In The details Diet, you will:

  • Discover why eminent students are nervous approximately our nation of cognizance and common intelligence
  • Examine how today’s media—Big Info—give us precisely what we need: content material that confirms our ideals
  • Learn to take steps to increase facts literacy, awareness health, and a fit humorousness
  • Become engaged within the economics of knowledge via studying the best way to gift stable info services
  • Just like a standard, fit meals vitamin, The details Diet isn't really approximately eating less—it’s approximately discovering a fit stability that works for you

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    Cultures in Motion

    By Peter N. Stearns

    While diversified cultures are available in touch with each other, the influence at the process historical past could be dramatic and unforeseen. Encounters among separate societies or civilizations have ended in the unfold of significant religions, significant migrations, medical breakthroughs, the dissemination of strong political notions, and lots of different differences. This exact publication brings to lifestyles key episodes of cultural touch in international background, from the beginnings of civilization to the current. via a mixture of brilliant case stories and inventive color maps, award-winning heritage professor Peter Stearns exhibits how we will be able to larger comprehend global historical past via reading what occurs while tradition meets tradition. New contacts may end up in assimilation, rejection, or, mostly, a merging of components from either cultures. Stearns specializes in fourteen very important historic examples of intercultural trade from worldwide. He considers: * the unfold of significant religions, comparable to Buddhism and Islam * voluntary and compelled migrations, akin to the Jewish and African diasporas * the dissemination of recent forces, together with nationalism and Marxism * the influence of ecu colonial rule on gender family in India and in Africa * fresh overseas diffusion of patron tradition in addition to a lot else. for every instance, unique maps show geographic styles and supply a transparent experience of the effect of that exact assembly of cultures.

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    Diet Pills (Junior Drug Awareness)

    'Diet drugs' explores quite a few different types of slimming capsules, their makers' claims, and the capability risks linked to use. besides information regarding a number of the capsules, readers will the best way to deal with their weight in secure, powerful methods - and to suppose greater approximately their our bodies and themselves.

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    Newsweek (28 November 2014)

    Newsweek journal: America’s well-regarded newsmagazine is savvy, incisive, and scintillating. With its entire insurance of nationwide and foreign affairs, newsmakers, politics, enterprise, economics, technology, know-how, overall healthiness, arts, leisure and society, Newsweek is your one-stop info resource. Thought-provoking essays and compelling columns like Periscope, Cyberscope, views and Newsmakers study occasions and placed them into an attractive viewpoint.

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    Crossing the Postmodern Divide

    By Albert Borgmann

    In this eloquent advisor to the meanings of the postmodern period, Albert Borgmann charts the choices earlier than us as we search choices to the joyless and synthetic tradition of intake. Borgmann connects the elemental rules riding his realizing of society's ills to each sphere of latest social existence, and is going past the language of postmodern discourse to provide a powerfully articulated imaginative and prescient of what this new period, at its top, has in store.

    "[This] considerate e-book is the 1st remotely lifelike map out of the publish sleek labyrinth."—Joseph Coates, The Chicago Tribune

    "Rather astoundingly large-minded imaginative and prescient of the character of humanity, civilization and science."—Kirkus Reviews

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    Anti-capitalism and Culture: Radical Theory and Popular Politics

    By Jeremy Gilbert

    What does 'anticapitalism' particularly suggest for the politics and tradition of the twenty-first century?

    Anticapitalism is an idea which, regardless of going worldwide, is still rooted within the neighborhood, persisting as a free number of grassroots routine and activities. Anti-capitalism must strengthen a coherent and cohering philosophy, anything which cultural conception and the highbrow legacy of the recent Left may also help to supply, significantly throughout the paintings of key radical thinkers, reminiscent of Ernesto Laclau, Stuart corridor, Antonio Negri, Gilles Deleuze and Judith Butler.
    Anticapitalism and Culture argues that there's a robust dating among the unconventional culture of cultural reports and the recent political pursuits which try and face up to company globalization. certainly, the 2 want one another: while concept can form and direct the large range of anticapitalist activism, the power and sheer political engagement of the anticapitalist stream can breathe new lifestyles into cultural studies.

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    Art Practice in a Digital Culture (Digital Research in the Arts and Humanities)

    By Charlie Gere, Hazel Gardiner

    A lot as paintings historical past is within the strategy of being reworked by way of new details verbal exchange applied sciences, frequently in ways in which are both disavowed or resisted, artwork perform is additionally being replaced by way of those self same applied sciences. probably the most seen indicators of this alteration is the expanding numbers of artists operating in universities, and having their paintings facilitated and supported via the investment and infrastructural assets that such associations provide. This new paradigm of paintings as examine is probably going to have a profound influence on how we comprehend the position of the artist and of artwork perform in society. during this particular e-book, artists, artwork historians, artwork theorists and curators of latest media think of the belief of artwork as examine and the way it has replaced perform. Intrinsic to the quantity is an research of the advances in inventive perform made attainable through artists enticing at once with know-how or through collaborative partnerships among practitioners and technological specialists, ranging via a wide spectrum of complicated tools from robotics via speedy prototyping to the organic sciences.

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