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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, …

For the Win by Cory Doctorow

I am grateful to Cory Doctorow for providing me an insider’s view into a world I didn’t know. I am a gamer, but prefer the Wii environment to the MMORPG environment. So the events and issues in For the Win, which describe the macroeconomics of the international gaming environment, were news to me.