Media & Culture

  • Stop Signs

    Cars and Capitalism on the Road to Economic, Social and Ecological Decay

    By Yves Engler and Bianca Mugyenyi     April 2011

    In North America, human beings have become enthralled by the automobile: A quarter of our working lives are spent paying for them; communities fight each other for the right to build more of them; our cities have been torn down, remade and planned with their needs as the overriding concern; wars are fought to keep their fuel tanks filled; songs are written to praise them; cathedrals are built to worship them. In Stop Signs: Cars and Capitalism on the Road to Economic, Social and Ecological Decay, authors Yves Engler and Bianca Mugyenyi argue that the automobile’s ascendance is inextricably linked to capitalism and involved corporate malfeasance, political intrigue, backroom payoffs, media manipulation, racism, academic corruption, third world coups, secret armies, environmental destruction and war. When we challenge the domination of cars, we also challenge capitalism. An anti-car, road-trip story, Stop Signs is a unique must-read for all those who wish to escape the clutches of auto insanity.

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  • Media Mediocrity–Waging War Against Science

    How the Television Makes Us Stoopid!

    By Richard Zurawski     March 2011

    We have all, at some point, seen science in action on television. Whether it was a show about disasters or weather, nature or the universe, a science commentator, even a crime show depicting forensic evidence – we have all gleaned tidbits of scientific information while being entertained by our televisions.

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  • Constructing Danger

    Emotions and Mis/Representation of Crime in the News (Second Edition)

    By Christopher McCormick     September 2010

    Crime reporting is often thought to be simply an objective and factual description of an event. In Constructing Danger Chris McCormick argues that crime is more than simply reported: it is constructed. And sometimes it is distorted, exaggerated and manipulated in order to create certain impressions of and opinions about the world. Examining issues such as how misrepresentations of AIDS perpetuates harmful stereotypes, the underrepresentation of women in the news, the trivialization of sexual assault and the sensationalized focus on violent crime, this book challenges readers to approach the news with a more critical eye and to recognize how misrepresentations lead to a distorted perception of the world. Further, this book asks the reader to consider the consequences of holding this distorted vision, from increased surveillance and legislation to the normalization of violence.

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  • Missing Women, Missing News

    Covering Crisis in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside

    By David Hugill     September 2010

    Missing Women, Missing News examines newspaper coverage of the arrest and trial of Robert Pickton, the man charged with murdering 26 street-level sex workers from Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside. It demonstrates how news narratives obscured the complex matrix of social and political conditions that made it possible for so many women to simply ‘disappear’ from a densely populated urban neighborhood without provoking an aggressive response by the state. Grounded in a theory of ideology, this book argues that the coverage offers a series of coherent explanations that hold particular individuals and practices accountable but largely omit, conceal, or erase the broader socio‐political context that renders those practices possible.

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  • Re:Imagining Change

    How to Use Story-based Strategy to Win Campaigns, Build Movements, and Change the World

    By Doyle Canning and Patrick Reinsborough     September 2010

    Re:Imagining Change provides resources, theory, hands-on tools and illuminating case studies for the next generation of innovative change makers. This unique book explores how culture, media, memes, and narrative intertwine with social change strategies, and offers practical methods to amplify progressive causes in the popular culture.

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  • Great Multicultural North

    A Canadian Primer for Hosers, Immigrants and Socialists

    By Ernesto (Ernie) Raj Peshkov-Chow     July 2010

    Canada is a funny place, with funny people and an even funnier system of government. In fact, according to ComCan, a division of the Intellectual Property branch of the Department of Trade, Industry and Digging Deep Holes into the Earth, about 4.16536356 per cent of our GDP is a direct or indirect result of our sense of humour. In addition, the ability of Canadians to laugh at themselves is one reason this country could lead the planet past ethnic, political and economic divisions, according to author Ernesto (Ernie) Raj Peshkov-Chow. In Great Multicultural North: A Canadian Primer the self-described Mongrel-Canadian argues that our geography, form of government, mythology, history, sense of humour and mass immigration gives Canada the opportunity to develop the world’s first post-ethnic, democratic, internationalist nationalism. Great Multicultural North is both a primer (soft i) and a primer (hard i). It is a short, easy to read explanation of Canada and a small charge that sets off a bigger explosion of a new sort of Canadian nationalism.

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  • Deadly Fever

    Racism, Disease and a Media Panic

    By Charles T. Adeyanju     March 2010

    In February 2001, a woman from the Congo was admitted to a hospital in Hamilton, Ontario, with a serious illness of unknown origin. Very quickly, the rumour spread that she was carrying the deadly Ebola virus. Even though it was equally quickly determined that she did not carry the virus, the rumour spread like wildfire throughout the Canadian media. Through a content analysis of four major Canadian newspapers and interviews with journalists, medical practitioners and members of the Black community, Charles T. Adeyanju shows that it was the potent mixture of race, gender and immigration, not a real health problem, that lay at the heart of this public panic.

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  • The Socialist Register 2009

    Violence Today Actually Existing Barbarism

    Edited by Colin Leys and Leo Panitch     January 2009

    Violence in every possible form dominates current headlines and people’s fears. Understanding it has never been more urgently needed. This volume offers an insight into contemporary violence that the mainstream media – and even mainstream cinema – shrinks from providing on state violence, on violence in inner cities and prisons, and on the violence committed almost everywhere by men against women. In this book, consideration is given to the sources of imperialism and globalized capitalism, the legacies of habituation, insecurity and hatred, the dynamics of politically motivated violence and terror, and the conditions in which the superabundance of weapons exist.

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  • Paradise Lost at Sea

    Rethinking Cruise Vacations

    By Ross Klein     September 2008

    Paradise Lost at Sea reveals the hidden realities of a cruise vacation and of an industry that prefers to keep its downsides hidden by taglines that are frequently used in advertising and media campaigns. Cruise authority Ross A. Klein rings the alarm about cruise ship safety and the risk to passengers of sexual assault, onboard crime and injury, and death from accidents at sea. He reveals the industry’s dubious environmental performance and its impact on the efforts of governments and the local port communities to protect their marine environments. Klein also exposes the truth about health risks and medical care onboard these floating cities and opens the door on the dark side of life below the passenger decks. He goes on to explore the myths that cruise vacations are all-inclusive and that cruise tourism contributes billions to local economies. The book concludes by summarizing issues and challenges that must be faced by cruise passengers, port communities and those who work on cruise ships.

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  • The Socialist Register 2006

    Telling the Truth

    Edited by Colin Leys and Leo Panitch     January 2006

    How do people acquire knowledge and understanding of the world they are in? Who has access to the resources and maps facilitating research and debate? How is power mobilised to shape ideas and ideologies? Socialist Register 2006 considers contemporary debate, policy-making, research, education, and scientific practice generally as it relates to the role of the state in intellectual life, the press and the media.

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