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On Maps, the New Renaissance, and Media Literacy: A Response to the Ideas of Chris Kutarna

by Carol Arcus “It’s the best possible time to be alive, when almost everything you thought you knew is wrong.” – Tom Stoppard “Societies have always been shaped more by the nature of the media with which people communicate than by the content of the communication.” – Marshall McLuhan Canadian Chris Kutarna …

Crazy Town: The Rob Ford Story

  Viking/Penguin Press 2014 Crazy Town, by Robyn Doolittle, is “the astonishing inside story of the world’s most infamous mayor and his troubled family.” Ms. Doolittle does a great job of documenting the Toronto Star’s reportage of Rob Ford’s mayoralty while working to maintain fairness and objectivity. Her book should …

The Human Face of Big Data

by Rick Smolan and Jennifer Erwitt reviewed by Geoffrey Winship The Human Face of Big Data is a big book. I mean really big. At almost twice the dimensions of most coffee table books, it is imposing. When I took this book home to read, in practical terms, it meant …

Homeland, by Cory Doctorow — a review

I was once asked what novel I would recommend for  a media studies high school course. My immediate reaction was, “Why would you put a novel on the course at all? There are novels studied in every other English course. Use the media course to study literature other than novels, …