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The Conquest of Cool: Business Culture, Counterculture, and the Rise of Hip Consumerism

By Thomas Frank

While the adolescence counterculture is still the main evocative and best-remembered image of the cultural ferment of the Nineteen Sixties, the revolution that shook American company in the course of these increase years has long past principally unremarked. during this interesting and revealing research, Thomas Frank exhibits how the younger revolutionaries have been joined—and even expected —by such not going allies because the ads and the men's garments business.

"[Thomas Frank is] possibly the main provocative younger cultural critic of the moment."—Gerald Marzorati, New York instances publication Review

"An critical survival consultant for any sleek consumer."—Publishers Weekly, starred review

"Frank makes an ironclad case not just that the advertisements cunningly became the countercultural rhetoric of revolution right into a rallying cry to shop for extra stuff, yet that the method itself really predated any genuine counterculture to exploit."—Geoff Pevere, Toronto Globe and Mail

"The Conquest of Cool is helping us comprehend why, through the final 3rd of the 20 th century, american citizens have more and more stressed gentility with conformity, irony with protest, and a longer center finger with a populist manifesto. . . . His voice is an exhilarating addition to the soporific public discourse of the past due 20th century."—T. J. Jackson Lears, In those Times

"An precious argument for an individual who has ever scoffed at hand-me-down counterculture from the '60s. A lively and exhaustive research of the era's advertising."—Brad Wieners, Wired Magazine

"Tom Frank is . . . not just outdated, he is anti-fashion, with a spot in his center for that final social pretend pas, leftist politics."—Roger Trilling, Details

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Countdown To Apocalypse: A Scientific Exploration Of The End Of The World

By Paul Halpern

Inspired by way of the top of the millennium, celebrated technology author Paul Halpern tackles the destiny of human civilization and our planet during this meditation at the finish of the realm. starting with the spiritual origins of the assumption of apocalypse, Halpern exhibits how technology has borrowed the metaphor to explain capability world wide catastrophes. He spins out a variety of situations for destruction, from nuclear conflict and worldwide warming to a very good flood and a brand new Ice Age. He argues that whereas human background will sometime come to a close-even if we survived for billions of years, we might finally face the top of the universe itself-in the period in-between we have now received awesome keep an eye on over our destiny as a species. confronted with the facility to lead our planet towards paradise or remodel it into hell, he says, we needs to take steps to prevent these catalysts of apocalypse which are inside our control.

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Adbusters (July-August 2015)

Manifesto for international Revolution, half three is an paintings Novella that explores what it capability to seem in the direction of the longer term in a time the place we will simply define the geo-political implications of weather switch. In it, we hint the heritage of the eras in the course of the connection of artwork and conflict, transcending our techniques of development and rediscovering the roots of anarchism.
May love and revolution upward thrust from the ashes of this death civilization.
Featuring:

Andy Merrifield on Marxism and citizenship
Gwynne Dyer discusses the truth of weather wars
Matthew Bartlett on New Zealand’s Occupy experience
Peter Pomerantsev on Euromaiden and the spirit of revolution
Simon Critchely at the western roots of the Islamic State
Kalle Lasn and Darren Fleet on international struggle 3
Tyson Kelsall, Sasha Lakic and Joshua Gabert-Doyon document from the frontlines of scholar activism

With this factor, we’re relocating ever in the direction of a second of world progressive fervor. This December, we’re making plans a #billionpeoplemarch, our ultimate stand opposed to an international order which refuses to supply tangible motion within the face of approaching weather disaster.

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Rewriting the Self: Histories from the Middle Ages to the Present

By Roy Porter

Rewriting the Self is an exploration of principles of the self within the western cultural culture from the Renaissance to the current. The members examine differing non secular, philosophical, mental, political, psychoanalytical and literary types of private id. They learn those versions from a couple of viewpoints, together with the historical past of principles, modern gender politics, and post-modernist literary theory.
Rewriting the Self bargains a problem to the bought model of the 'ascent of western man'. energetic and debatable, the publication broaches large questions in an available way.
Rewriting the Self arises from a seminar sequence held on the Institute of latest Arts in London. The individuals contain renowned teachers from a variety of disciplines.

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Black Code: Inside the Battle for Cyberspace

Cyberspace is throughout us. we rely on it for every thing we do. we now have reengineered our company, governance, and social family members round a planetary community in contrast to any prior to it. yet there are hazards looming, and malign forces are threatening to rework this remarkable domain.

In Black Code, Ronald J. Deibert, a number one specialist on electronic expertise, safety, and human rights, lifts the lid on our on-line world and indicates what’s at stake for net clients and electorate. As our on-line world develops in unheard of methods, robust brokers are scrambling for regulate. Predatory cyber legal gangs resembling Koobface have made social media their stalking floor. the invention of Stuxnet, a working laptop or computer malicious program reportedly built by means of Israel and the USA and aimed toward Iran’s nuclear amenities, confirmed that nation cyberwar is now a truly actual danger. Governments and companies are in collusion and are environment the foundations of the line in the back of closed doors.

This isn't the method it used to be alleged to be. The Internet’s unique promise of an international commons of shared wisdom and communications is now less than chance.

Drawing at the first-hand reports of 1 of crucial protagonists within the conflict — the Citizen Lab and its international community of frontline researchers, who've spent greater than a decade cracking cyber espionage jewelry and uncovering assaults on voters and NGOs all over the world — Black Code takes readers on a desirable trip into the conflict for our on-line world. Thought-provoking, compelling, and infrequently scary, it's a wakeup name to voters who've come to take the net with no consideration. our on-line world is ours, it really is what we make of it, Deibert argues, and we have to act now ahead of it slips via our grasp.

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Histoire Culturelle De La France Au XIXe Siècle

By Jean-Claude Yon

A l. a. croisée de domaines de recherche variés, l'histoire culturelle est en pleine enlargement. S'appuyant sur ce dynamisme, le présent ouvrage a l'ambition de proposer le landscape culturel d'un siècle particulièrement riche, de 1814 à 1914, non sans revenir sur l'oeuvre fondatrice de l. a. Révolution et de l'Empire. Il montre remark l. a. France, d'abord marquée par l'Ancien Régime culturel, entre à l. a. fin du siècle dans los angeles tradition de masse et los angeles société des loisirs. L'éventail des thèmes abordés est très huge : livre et presse, éducation, spectacles, politiques et associations culturelles, littérature, Beaux-Arts, faith et histoire des sciences, and so forth. Ce livre, qui se veut un outil pour les étudiants de licence et de grasp en histoire et en sciences humaines, entend également aider un public plus huge à mesurer l'apport du XIXe siècle à los angeles tradition contemporaine.

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Comic-Con and the Business of Pop Culture: What the World's Wildest Trade Show Can Tell Us About the Future of Entertainment

By Rob Salkowitz

The Comic-Con phenomenon—and what it skill for your business
The annual trade exhibition Comic-Con overseas isn't simply enjoyable and video games. in accordance with award-winning company writer and futurist Rob Salkowitz it's a "massive concentration staff and advertising and marketing megaphone" for Hollywood—and in Comic-Con and the enterprise of dad Culture, he examines the company of pop culture throughout the lens of Comic-Con.
Salkowitz deals an exciting and substantial examine the express, supplying a detailed examine the comic-book and videogame industries' increasing impression on advertising, advertising, and the leisure industry.
Rob Salkowitz is founder and precept advisor for the communications company MediaPlant, LLC.

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Nation

By Terry Pratchett

When an enormous wave destroys his village, Mau is the one one left. Daphne—a visitor from the opposite aspect of the globe—is the only survivor of a shipwreck. Separated through language and customs, the 2 are united by means of disaster. Slowly, they're joined through different refugees. And as they try to guard the small band, Mau and Daphne defy ancestral spirits, problem loss of life himself, and discover a long-hidden mystery that actually turns the realm upside down.

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Más allá del 11 de septiembre

By Luis Rojas Marcos

Testigo privilegiado de una tragedia que siguió paso a paso, Luis Rojas Marcos eleva los angeles mirada para contar lo que vio y analizar las repercusiones de un atentado que marcó un antes y un después en l. a. historia del terrorismo, y, sobre todo, en los angeles historia de los angeles humanidad. Como responsable de los hospitales públicos y miembro del Consejo de keep watch over de Emergencias de los angeles ciudad, Rojas Marcos vivió muy de cerca los sucesos.Los devastadores efectos en l. a. población, l. a. conciencia de vulnerabilidad, el miedo a una amenaza que persiste, l. a. exaltación del nacionalismo, los angeles fobia a los extranjeros, los angeles sed de venganza, el papel de los angeles televisión, l. a. manipulación de l. a. realidad, l. a. falta de influencia femenina, el resurgimiento de los angeles espiritualidad y, por último, el arduo pero inevitable dilema de perdonar lo imperdonable, son los aspectos analizados para clarificar una realidad tan compleja.La formación y l. a. experiencia de Rojas Marcos le permiten ir más allá para explicar los angeles naturaleza del trauma emocional y dar las claves para su superación, haciendo hincapié en los angeles solidaridad y en los angeles asomborsa resistencia del hombre para hacer frente a los angeles adversidad. Su estilo conciso y l. a. claridad expositia incentivan l. a. lectura de un tema que se sitúa en el primer plano de los angeles actualidad.

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Contemporary Hong Kong Government and Politics

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