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Adding his voice to other compelling critiques of present-day technology, Franklin Foer passionately and deftly goes after Google, Facebook, Amazon, and Apple for threatening our culture and individuality. He warns that these technology giants are doing nothing less than “reordering the production and consumption of knowledge” and becoming “the most powerful gatekeepers the world has ever known.” In World Without Mind: The Existential Threat of Big Tech (Penguin Press, $27), Foer recounts the rise of the biggest tech players and examines how their vast efforts at data profiling and media control have come to influence much of what we do and think. To illustrate the difficulties of maintaining a cultural institution in the digital age, Foer writes as well about his own ill-fated experience at the New Republic, where he clashed with a new owner whose wealth derived from Facebook stock and who sought to turn what had been a little magazine into an engine of considerable social media traffic. Foer also offers some prescriptions, both large and small, for lessening the dangers he perceives.

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$27.00
ISBN: 9781101981115
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Published: Penguin Press - September 12th, 2017

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Have you been in a funk since November? Can't look at the news without having a full-on panic attack? Well, this The Revolution Where You Live might not soothe all your nerves but it will provide for some much-needed optimism. Journalist Sarah van Gelder transversed the country in her pickup truck, allowing us to reap the fruit of her labor—conversations with activists, leaders, creatives and all-around outside-the-box thinkers on how they're working hard to change their communities for the better. From ranchers in Montana to urban farmers in Chicago, from artists in Appalachia to the new activist mayor of Newark, van Gelder's many inspiring profiles show how a revolution where one lives can, in fact, change the world.

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By Sarah Van Gelder, Danny Glover (Foreword by)
$18.95
ISBN: 9781626567658
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Published: Berrett-Koehler Publishers - January 9th, 2017

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Four years ago, in the autumn of 2012, Mark Thompson was about to move from England to the United States to take up his new job as president and CEO of The New York Times. He had spent much of his career at the BBC, his final eight years there as director-general. But before moving to New York, he visited his alma mater, Oxford, where he delivered three lectures on rhetoric and the art of public persuasion. Those talks became the basis of his new book, Enough Said: What’s Gone Wrong with the Language of Politics? (St. Martin’s, $27.99). What remarkable timing for a book on the language of politics! But while Thompson does spend time assessing Donald Trump’s campaign rhetoric, his work is a larger examination of how political language has evolved and how public discourse generally has degenerated, with damaging consequences for public trust and confidence. Freely mixing personal experiences with criticism and opinion, Thompson has produced a book that, as Publishers Weekly put it, “manages to be an exemplary investigation, a history, an autopsy, a practical manual, and a cautionary tale all at once.”

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$27.99
ISBN: 9781250059574
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Published: St. Martin's Press - September 6th, 2016

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$17.99
ISBN: 9781250144539
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Published: St. Martin's Griffin - September 12th, 2017

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