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The History of Scepticism

By Richard H. Popkin
  • ISBN Code: : 9780195355390
  • Publisher : Oxford University Press
  • Pages : 440
  • Category : Philosophy
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This is a thoroughly revised and expanded edition of Richard Popkin's classic The History of Scepticism, first published in 1960, revised in 1979, and since translated into numerous foreign languages. This authoritative work of historical scholarship has been revised throughout, including new material on: the introduction of ancient skepticism into Renaissance Europe; the role of Savonarola and his disciples in bringing Sextus Empiricus to the attention of European thinkers; and new material on Henry More, Blaise Pascal, Thomas Hobbes, Baruch Spinoza, Nicolas Malebranche, G.W. Leibniz, Simon Foucher and Pierre-Daniel Huet, and Pierre Bayle. The bibliography has also been updated.

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The landscape of the media is changing - and at an ever-increasing pace. New technologies are fast transforming the way we consume information, and the way we live our lives. New Technologies and the Media by Proffessor Gerard Goggin (University of Sydney) is an authoritative exploration of the impact of the internet, the iPad, and Wikileaks on contemporary news, journalism and broadcasting. Steering clear of technological jargon, this is a short, sharp, simple guide through this complex subject. This book is essential reading for all media students and researchers - and for anyone interested in getting to grips with the ways in which media is becoming a progressively more pervasive, intimate and powerful part of life in the 2010s. It engagingly examines the the issues raised by the presence of new technologies across news, television, internet and mobiles. Under discusson are: new audiences forming around user-generated content; the future of news and journalism; the rapid shape-shifting of broadcasting in the face of the internet; an explosion of devices; the viewer as "couch-commander"; blogging, social media and citizen journalism and public-service media; the cultural politics of digital cultures and technologies. Featuring fascinating case studies of modern phenomena such as the iPhone, this book examines current cutting-edge technologies by situating them within the broader context of communications and media history. Written by an expert in the field, it cuts through the controversial and confusing debate surrounding the use of new technologies in the media and gives a clear, considered account of the major issues involved. By accessibly introducing the key theories of technology, this book will equip its readers with a solid critical approach that they can use across their studies, invesitigations and work in media. It provides the tools needed by students and researchers to accurately analyse and effectively evaluate how new technologies shape, and are shaped by, media. New Technology and the Media offers an excellent insight into an important, exciting, expanding area of interest.

The Eclipse of Faith; Or, A Visit to a Religious Sceptic

By Henry Rogers
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  • Publisher : Good Press
  • Book Code : N.a
  • Total of Pages : 379
  • Category : Fiction
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"The Eclipse of Faith; Or, A Visit to a Religious Sceptic" by Henry Rogers. Published by Good Press. Good Press publishes a wide range of titles that encompasses every genre. From well-known classics & literary fiction and non-fiction to forgotten−or yet undiscovered gems−of world literature, we issue the books that need to be read. Each Good Press edition has been meticulously edited and formatted to boost readability for all e-readers and devices. Our goal is to produce eBooks that are user-friendly and accessible to everyone in a high-quality digital format.

New Directions in Mobile Media and Performance

By Camille C. Baker
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  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Book Code : 1317088530
  • Total of Pages : 266
  • Category : History
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New Directions in Mobile Media and Performance explores various performative projects and forms of expression that have emerged since the onset of the smartphone. It focuses mainly on new concepts and developments that have emerged in mobile media performance. It showcases the intimate and phenomenological mobile aesthetic that has been unfolding within networked performance and media art projects for over a decade and a half. This aesthetic utilises the potential and affordances with each iteration and update of modern smartphones. Themes of embodiment, presence, liveness and connection through mobile, networked, and remote technology are revisited in the context of HD mobile cameras, selfies and live video streaming from the phone, as well as the impact of peer production, opensource and Maker culture on mobile media performance practices. It explores the surge in development of wearable devices in performance, as well as how the ‘quantified-self movement’ has affected performance works. It deals with concepts and developments in intermedial performance that incorporate mobile and wearable devices, especially from the artist’s, designer’s or dramaturge’s perspective as the creator and their creative process, working with technology as a collaborator, not just a tool or guide. The book demonstrates how artists have repurposed the device – transforming it from merely a communication device, using voice and text only – to become a new collaborative medium, a full visual, synaesthetic, interactive and performative tool of deeper expression and social change. It discusses seminal works and the evolution of the medium, within intermedial digital art and performance practices as medium for artistic expression, creative process and staged performances. It focuses on projects and artists who have pushed mobile media performance beyond the conventional blackbox. Emerging visual, digital, interactive, tactile, gestural and theatrical or performance projects that incorporate mobile or wearable devices, used as vehicles for more challenging, experimental, experiential and immersive performative artworks are highlighted. The book also contextualises Baker’s own media research and performance practice within the larger landscape with the field. It is bookended with interviews with the artists themselves on their creative process and intentions. It is the outcome of three years of research of artistic works around the world, interviews, in-person viewings of performances, as well as incorporating and reflecting on her own ongoing practice and projects in context.

The Discourse of Public Participation Media

By Joanna Thornborrow
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  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Book Code : 131757995X
  • Total of Pages : 210
  • Category : Social Science
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The Discourse of Public Participation Media takes a fresh look at what ‘ordinary’ people are doing on air – what they say, and how and where they get to say it. Using techniques of discourse analysis to explore the construction of participant identities in a range of different public participation genres, Joanna Thornborrow argues that the role of the ‘ordinary’ person in these media environments is frequently anything but. Tracing the development of discourses of public participation media, the book focusses particularly on the 1990s onwards when broadcasting was expanding rapidly: the rise of the TV talk show, increasing formats for public participation in broadcast debate and discussion, and the explosion of reality TV in the first decade of the 21st century. During this period, traditional broadcasting has also had to move with the times and incorporate mobile and web-based communication technologies as new platforms for public access and participation - text and email as well as the telephone - and an audience that moves out of the studio and into the online spaces of chat rooms, comment forums and the ‘twitterverse’. This original study examines the shifting discourses of public engagement and participation resulting from these new forms of communication, making it an ideal companion for students of communication, media and cultural studies, media discourse, broadcast talk and social interaction.

The Media and The Public

By Stephen Coleman,Karen Ross
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  • Publisher : John Wiley & Sons
  • Book Code : 1444318187
  • Total of Pages : 200
  • Category : Social Science
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The Media and the Public explores the ways a range of media,from the press to television to the Internet, have constructed andrepresented the public. Provides a new synthesis of recent research exploring therelationship between media and their publics Identifies ways in which different publics are subverting thegatekeeping of mainstream media in order to find a voice andcommunicate with others Situates contemporary media-public discourse and relationshipsin an historical context in order to show the origin ofcontemporary public/political engagement Creates a theoretical expansion on the role of the media inaccessing or denying the articulation of public voices, and theways in which publics are harnessing new media formats to producericher and more complex forms of political engagement

The Routledge Companion to Adaptation

By Dennis Cutchins,Katja Krebs,Eckart Voigts
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  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Book Code : 131742655X
  • Total of Pages : 406
  • Category : Performing Arts
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The Routledge Companion to Adaptation offers a broad range of scholarship from this growing, interdisciplinary field. With a basis in source-oriented studies, such as novel-to-stage and stage-to-film adaptations, this volume also seeks to highlight the new and innovative aspects of adaptation studies, ranging from theatre and dance to radio, television and new media. It is divided into five sections: Mapping, which presents a variety of perspectives on the scope and development of adaptation studies; Historiography, which investigates the ways in which adaptation engages with – and disrupts – history; Identity, which considers texts and practices in adaptation as sites of multiple and fluid identity formations; Reception, which examines the role played by an audience, considering the unpredictable relationships between adaptations and those who experience them; Technology, which focuses on the effects of ongoing technological advances and shifts on specific adaptations, and on the wider field of adaptation. An emphasis on adaptation-as-practice establishes methods of investigation that move beyond a purely comparative case study model. The Routledge Companion to Adaptation celebrates the complexity and diversity of adaptation studies, mapping the field across genres and disciplines.

Ingrained

By Lesley Head,Jennifer Atchison
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  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Book Code : 1317116704
  • Total of Pages : 246
  • Category : Social Science
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Plants are fundamental players in human lives, underpinning our food supply and contributing to the air we breathe, but they are easy to take for granted and have received insufficient attention in the social sciences. This book advances understanding of human-plant relations using the example of wheat. Theoretically, this book develops new insights by bringing together human geography, biogeography and archaeology to provide a long term perspective on human-wheat relations. Although the relational, more-than-human turn in the social sciences has seen a number of plant-related studies, these have not yet fully engaged with the question of what it means to be a plant. The book draws on diverse literatures to tackle this question, advancing thinking about how plants act in their worlds, and how we can better understand our shared worlds. Empirically, the book reports original ethnographic research on wheat production, processing and consumption in a context of globalisation, drought and climate change and traces the complex networks of wheat using a methodology of 'following' it and its people. The ethnobotanical study captures a number of moments in the life of Australian wheat; on the farm, at the supermarket, in the lives of coeliac sufferers, in laboratories and in industrial factories. This study demands new ways of thinking about wheat geographies, going beyond the rural landscape to urban and industrial frontiers, and being simultaneously local and global in perspective and connection.