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A selection of related books available at the Mount Allison University Library
Deciding What's True: The Rise of Political Fact-checking in American Journalism by
Call Number: PN 4784 .O24 G73 2016
Publication Date: Columbia UP, 2016
"Over the past decade, American outlets such as PolitiFact, FactCheck.org, and the Washington Post's Fact Checker have shaken up the political world by holding public figures accountable for what they say.... Deciding What's True draws on Lucas Graves's unique access to the members of the newsrooms leading this movement."
Censored 2017 by
Call Number: PN 4888 .P6 C45 2017
Publication Date: Seven Stories Press 2016
"Every year since 1976, Project Censored, America's oldest news-monitoring group, has produced a Top 25 list of underreported new stories and a book, Censored. They are dedicated to the stories that should be top features on the nightly news but are missing because of media bias and self-censorship."
Weaponized Lies: How To Think Critically in the Post-truth Era by
Call Number: BC 177 .L486 2016
Publication Date: Dutton 2016
"As Levitin attests: Truth matters. A post-truth era is an era of willful irrationality, reversing all the great advances humankind has made. Euphemisms like "fringe theories," "extreme views," "alt truth," and even "fake news" can literally be dangerous. Let's call lies what they are and catch those making them in the act." Previously Published as A Field Guide to Lies.
The Filter Bubble: What the Internet is Hiding from You by
Call Number: ZA 4237 .P37 2011
Publication Date: Penguin 2011
"In a personalized world, we will increasingly be typed and fed only news that is pleasant, familiar, and confirms our beliefs-and because these filters are invisible, we won't know what is being hidden from us. Our past interests will determine what we are exposed to in the future, leaving less room for the unexpected encounters that spark creativity, innovation, and the democratic exchange of ideas."
Alternative Media in Canada by
Call Number: P 96 .A442 C3 2012
Publication Date: UBC Press, 2012
"Alternative media hold the promise of building public awareness and action against the constraints and limitations of media conglomeration and cutbacks to public broadcasting. But what, exactly, makes alternative media alternative? This path-breaking volume gets to the heart of this question by focusing on the three interconnected dimensions that define alternative media in Canada: structure, participation, and activism."
The Attention Merchants: The Epic Scramble to Get Inside our Heads by
Call Number: HF 5811 .W82 2016
Publication Date: Knopf, 2016.
"From Tim Wu, author of the award-winning The Master Switch and who coined the term "net neutrality"--a revelatory, ambitious and urgent account of how the capture and re-sale of human attention became the defining industry of our time."
Democracy's Detectives: The Economics of Investigative Journalism by
Call Number: PN 4888 .I56 H36 2016
Publication Date: Harvard University Press, 2016
"In democratic societies, investigative journalism holds government and private institutions accountable to the public. Democracy's Detectives puts investigative journalism under a magnifying glass to clarify the challenges and opportunities facing news organizations today."
The Black Box Society: The Secret Algorithms that Control Money and Information by
Call Number: HN 49 .P6 P375 2015
Publication Date: Harvard University Press, 2015
"Every day, corporations are connecting the dots about our personal behavior-silently scrutinizing clues left behind by our work habits and Internet use... Frank Pasquale exposes how powerful interests abuse secrecy for profit and explains ways to rein them in."
Blowing the Roof off the Twenty-First Century: Media, Politics, and the Struggle for Post-capitalist Democracy by
Call Number: HC 106.84 .M397 2014
Publication Date: Monthly Review Press, 2014
"Award-winning author Robert W. McChesney argues that the weight of the present is blinding people to the changing nature and the tremendous possibilities of the historical moment we inhabit. In Blowing the Roof off the Twenty-First Century, he uses a sophisticated political economic analysis to delineate the recent trajectory of capitalism and its ongoing degeneration."
The Googlization of Everything: And Why We Should Worry by
Call Number: HD 9696.8 .U64 G669 2011
Publication Date: University of California Press, 2011
"Siva Vaidhyanathan examines the ways we have used and embraced Google--and the growing resistance to its expansion across the globe. He exposes the dark side of our Google fantasies, raising red flags about issues of intellectual property and the much-touted Google Book Search... [He also] proposes the construction of an Internet ecosystem designed to benefit the whole world and keep one brilliant and powerful company from falling into the "evil” it pledged to avoid."