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Author/Actors/Director/etc.: John Pollock
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Osborne Media; 4 edition (2013, May 3rd).
Author/Actors/Director/etc.: Jaron Lanier
Publisher: Free Press (2013, Mar 26th).
The DazzlingNew Masterwork from the Prophet of Silicon Valley Jaron Lanier is the bestselling author of You Are Not a Gadget, the father of virtual reality, and one of the most influential thinkers of our time. For decades, Lanier has drawn on his expertise and experience as a computer scientist, musician, and digital media pioneer to predict the revolutionary ways in which technology is transforming our culture. Who Owns the Future? is a visionary reckoning with the effects network technologies have had on our economy. Lanier asserts that the rise of digital networks led our economy into recession and decimated the middle class. Now, as technology flattens more and more industries—from media to medicine to manufacturing—we are facing even greater challenges to employment and personal wealth. moreMore Info | Google Books | Check Availability
Author/Actors/Director/etc.: Walter Johnson
Publisher: Belknap Press (2013, Jan 28th).
When Jefferson acquired the Louisiana Territory, he envisioned an “empire for liberty” populated by self-sufficient white farmers. Cleared of Native Americans and the remnants of European empires by Andrew Jackson, the Mississippi Valley was transformed instead into a booming capitalist economy commanded by wealthy planters, powered by steam engines, and dependent on the coerced labor of slaves. River of Dark Dreams places the Cotton Kingdom at the center of worldwide webs of exchange and exploitation that extended across oceans and drove an insatiable hunger for new lands. This bold reaccounting dramatically alters our understanding of American slavery and its role in U.S. expansionism, global capitalism, and the upcoming Civil War. moreMore Info | Google Books | Check Availability