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The Medium is the Message
How have our media affected us? Marshall McLuhan famously said, "the medium is the message." Do methods of communication actively shape society? Here are books looking at an historical range of media.   Print this list Print this list
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Cover Art: Feed /
Feed
Anderson, M. T.
(Fiction)In an Orwellian future, most people have computer feeds in their heads which entertain and distract them.
Teen Fiction ANDERSON
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Cover Art: The making of Second Life : notes from the new world /
The making of Second Life : notes from the new world
Au, Wagner James
Second Life is an Internet-based virtual world. Au believes it will continue to grow, changing the way we interact and do business.
Adult Nonfiction Book 794.8 A
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Cover Art: In this sign /
In this sign
Greenberg, Joanne
If you learn to sign before you learn to speak; if all your family and friends sign, how do you interact with the spoken word? (Fiction)
Adult Fiction GREENBERG
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Cover Art: Failure to connect : how computers affect our children's minds--for better and w
Failure to connect : how computers affect our children's minds--for better and w
Healy, Jane M.
The emotional, social, and personal aspects of children's computer use.
Adult Nonfiction Book 371.334 H
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Cover Art: The age of missing information /
The age of missing information
McKibben, Bill
The author of "The End of Nature" asks an intriguing question: Which provides more "information," 103 cable channels showering viewers with beguiling factoids--or a weekend in the woods?
Adult Nonfiction Book 791.45013 M
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Cover Art: Songs of the gorilla nation : my journey through autism /
Songs of the gorilla nation : my journey through autism
Prince-Hughes, Dawn, 1964-
Prince-Hughes has Asperger's Syndrom, a form of autism, and is unable to form emotional connections with others -- until she learns about emotions by observing gorilla behavior. Her interactions with primates who sign cause her to question the lines we draw between apes and ourselves.
Adult Nonfiction Book 921 P3465
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Cover Art: The Talmud and the Internet : a journey between worlds /
The Talmud and the Internet : a journey between worlds
Rosen, Jonathan, 1963-
Rosen draws parallels between the Talmud and the Internet, both worlds of argument and information, where almost anything can be found.
Adult Nonfiction Book 296.1206 R
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Cover Art: The alphabet versus the goddess : the conflict between word and image /
The alphabet versus the goddess : the conflict between word and image
Shlain, Leonard
Shlain theorizes that literacy hyperdevelops the left brain, leading cultures to undervalue the right brain and to become more violent. He presents a lot of evidence to support his speculation, while admitting that correlation does not necessarily mean causality. He perceives a cultural shift as we now live in the world of images.
Adult Nonfiction Book 301.14 S
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Cover Art: Against the machine : being human in the age of the electronic mob /
Against the machine : being human in the age of the electronic mob
Siegel, Lee, 1957-
Siegal looks at the way the Internet is changing us, particularly the isolating effects of technology.
Adult Nonfiction Book 303.4833 S
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Cover Art: Wikinomics : how mass collaboration changes everything /
Wikinomics : how mass collaboration changes everything
Tapscott, Don, 1947-
Tapscott and Williams are enthusiastic about the possibilities for change as collaboration becomes the norm.
Adult Nonfiction Book 658.046 T
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