Mob Rule Or the Wisdom of the Crowd

Mob Rule Or the Wisdom of the Crowd
Author: Lita Sorensen
Pages: 128
ISBN: 1534506381
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Release: 2019-12-15
Editor: Unknown
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

One of the tenets of democracy is that everyone has a voice in decision making and that the decisions made are what the majority wants. Many argue that wisdom of the crowd prevails in democracies, but are political decisions actually reached by a clear consensus, or does angry factionalism prevent this? Does irrational mob rule cause people to gang together and lash out against the opposition? Are the majority of citizens satisfied with the political situation? This volume explores whether political organization is possible without the force of mob rule, as well as how contemporary political events fit into this debate.

Mob Rule or the Wisdom of the Crowd

Mob Rule or the Wisdom of the Crowd
Author: Lita Sorensen
Pages: 128
ISBN: 9781534506398
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Release: 2019-12-15
Editor: Greenhaven Publishing LLC
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

One of the tenets of democracy is that everyone has a voice in decision making and that the decisions made are what the majority wants. Many argue that wisdom of the crowd prevails in democracies, but are political decisions actually reached by a clear consensus, or does angry factionalism prevent this? Does irrational mob rule cause people to gang together and lash out against the opposition? Are the majority of citizens satisfied with the political situation? This volume explores whether political organization is possible without the force of mob rule, as well as how contemporary political events fit into this debate.

The Wisdom of Crowds

The Wisdom of Crowds
Author: James Surowiecki
Pages: 336
ISBN: 9780307275059
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Release: 2005-08-16
Editor: Anchor
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

In this fascinating book, New Yorker business columnist James Surowiecki explores a deceptively simple idea: Large groups of people are smarter than an elite few, no matter how brilliant—better at solving problems, fostering innovation, coming to wise decisions, even predicting the future. With boundless erudition and in delightfully clear prose, Surowiecki ranges across fields as diverse as popular culture, psychology, ant biology, behavioral economics, artificial intelligence, military history, and politics to show how this simple idea offers important lessons for how we live our lives, select our leaders, run our companies, and think about our world.

Open Borders

Open Borders
Author: Anonim
Pages: 128
ISBN: 9781534507401
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Release: 2020-12-15
Editor: Greenhaven Publishing LLC
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

The term "open borders" refers to a policy of allowing free movement between countries without restrictions or border control. In an era characterized by the Brexit referendum and the Trump administration's policy of restricting immigration in the U.S., the prospect of borders being open may seem improbable. A number of politicians, policymakers, economists, and citizens assert that referendums and restrictions are the best way to address the economic and social issues that the international community faces today. This volume helps readers examine the issue of open borders from a variety of angles, examining its economic, social, political, moral, and legal aspects.

Universal Health Care

Universal Health Care
Author: Marcia Amidon Lusted
Pages: 128
ISBN: 9781534506275
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Release: 2019-12-15
Editor: Greenhaven Publishing LLC
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Under universal health care, all residents of a country would be guaranteed care without incurring financial hardship, regardless of income. Out of the thirty-three countries that are considered developed, thirty-two have universal health care, with the United States being the exception. However, despite the widespread nature of universal health care, its implementation varies between countries. Additionally, despite its positive health impacts, the financial burden it places on governments is a major source of concern. This volume helps readers examine this issue through exploring economic, political, and health considerations, taking all sides of the debate into account.

Genocide

Genocide
Author: Anonim
Pages: 128
ISBN: 9781534507289
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Release: 2020-12-15
Editor: Greenhaven Publishing LLC
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

In 1948, the United Nations established the Genocide Convention to legally define genocide as actions intended to destroy a particular group of people based on race, religion, ethnicity, and other defining characteristics. The goal was to prevent and punish future acts of genocide, but a number of mass killings have followed since its establishment, and in some situations whether these executions qualify as genocides is surprisingly unclear. The viewpoints in this volume explore what genocide is and isn't, and provide historical and contemporary examples of genocide. Readers will examine potential political and social solutions to prevent future genocides.

Sexual Consent

Sexual Consent
Author: Martin Gitlin
Pages: 128
ISBN: 9781534506336
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Release: 2019-12-15
Editor: Greenhaven Publishing LLC
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

For many years, "no means no" served as the standard for whether sexual consent is granted, but valid concerns have called for an expansion of this standard. Factors that could prevent someone from rejecting an unwanted advance include coercion and intoxication, making the concept of verbal consent muddy. The debate over whether this standard should be replaced and what should replace it has brought forth various possible solutions, with some arguing that only enthusiastic verbal consent will do, and others asserting that this expectation is unrealistic. Factors like age, positions of trust and authority, and mental and emotional conditions and disabilities also factor into the discussion. The well-balanced articles found here will provide your readers with an intelligent understanding of this topic.

Food Security

Food Security
Author: Anonim
Pages: 128
ISBN: 9781534507371
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Release: 2020-12-15
Editor: Greenhaven Publishing LLC
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

For a number of reasons, the global food supply is not as stable as it has been historically. The global population continues to grow, while catastrophic weather events like floods and droughts have an increasingly detrimental effect on crops around the world. Various political factors also impact food security, including violent conflicts within and between countries, trade wars and tariffs, and contentious decisions regarding which crops to subsidize. The viewpoints in this volume explore the causes of food insecurity around the world while also presenting potential solutions that could stabilize food supply at a local and global level.

Money Laundering

Money Laundering
Author: Anonim
Pages: 128
ISBN: 9781534507340
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Release: 2020-12-15
Editor: Greenhaven Publishing LLC
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

When one thinks of money laundering, the first thing that might come to mind is its connection to organized crime, with gangs and drug cartels hiding away large amounts of illegally obtained cash. However, many other groups and individuals also partake in money laundering, including white-collar criminals, terrorists, and even politicians. The viewpoints in this book examine what money laundering is and how it occurs, what domestic and international efforts are in place to fight it, and how technology both aids and complicates these efforts.

Athlete Activism

Athlete Activism
Author: Gary Wiener
Pages: 128
ISBN: 9781534506367
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Release: 2019-12-15
Editor: Greenhaven Publishing
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

While Colin Kaepernick's 2016 protests reignited the debate surrounding athletes and political activism, the relationship between the two is a longstanding tradition. The athletic field has long been a site for protests against racism, hosting key events in the fight for equality, such as legendary African American baseball player Jackie Robinson's 1947 induction into the MLB. Recent protests have expanded to issues like sexism, LGBT rights, and immigration, and have made use of social media and other modern developments. This volume examines the controversies surrounding athlete activism as well as its place in history and contemporary politics.

Strangling Aunty Perilous Times for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation

Strangling Aunty  Perilous Times for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation
Author: Virginia Small
Pages: 329
ISBN: 9789811607769
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Release: 2021
Editor: Springer Nature
Language: en

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A Practical Guide to Authentic E Learning

A Practical Guide to Authentic E Learning
Author: Jan Herrington,Thomas C. Reeves,Ron Oliver
Pages: 232
ISBN: 9781135194208
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Release: 2010-04-02
Editor: Routledge
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

A Guide to Authentic e-Learning provides the tools to apply authentic e-learning principles across a range of disciplines, with practical guidance on design, development, implementation and evaluation.

Handbook of Policy Formulation

Handbook of Policy Formulation
Author: Michael Howlett,Ishani Mukherjee
Pages: 584
ISBN: 9781784719326
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Release: 2017-04-28
Editor: Edward Elgar Publishing
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Policy formulation relies upon the interplay of knowledge-based analysis of issues with power-based considerations, such as the political assessment of the costs and benefits of proposed actions, and its effects on the partisan and electoral concerns of governments. Policy scholars have long been interested in how governments successfully create, deploy and utilise policy instruments, but the literature on policy formulation has, until now, remained fragmented. This comprehensive Handbook unites original scholarship on policy tools and design, with contributions examining policy actors and the roles they play in the formulation process.

The Literature of Reconstruction

The Literature of Reconstruction
Author: Wolfgang Funk
Pages: 224
ISBN: 9781501306181
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Release: 2015-09-24
Editor: Bloomsbury Publishing USA
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Winner of the 2016 ESSE Junior Scholar Book Award in Literatures in the English Language The Literature of Reconstruction argues for the term and concept of 'postmillennial reconstruction' to fill the gap left by the decline of postmodernism and deconstruction as useful cultural and literary categories. Wolfgang Funk shows how this notion emerges from the theoretical and philosophical development that led to the demise of postmodernism by relating it to the idea of 'authenticity': immediate experience that eludes direct representation. In addition, he provides a clear formal framework with which to identify and classify the features of 'reconstructive literature' by updating the narratological category of 'metafiction', originally established in the 1980s. Based on Werner Wolf's observation of a 'metareferential turn' in contemporary arts and media, he illustrates how the specific use of metareference results in a renegotiation of the specific patterns of literary communication and claims that this renegotiation can be profitably described with the concept of 'reconstruction'. To substantiate this claim, in the second half of the book Funk discusses narrative texts that illustrate this transition from postmodern deconstruction to postmillennial reconstruction. The analyses take in distinguished and prize-winning writers such as Dave Eggers, Julian Barnes, Jennifer Egan and Jasper Fforde. The broad scope of authors, featuring writers from the US as well as the UK, underlines the fact that the reconstructive tendencies and strategies Funk diagnoses are of universal significance for the intellectual and cultural self-image of the global North.

Indie Games in the Digital Age

Indie Games in the Digital Age
Author: M.J. Clarke,Cynthia Wang
Pages: 240
ISBN: 9781501356438
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Release: 2020-04-16
Editor: Bloomsbury Publishing USA
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

A host of digital affordances, including reduced cost production tools, open distribution platforms, and ubiquitous connectivity, have engendered the growth of indie games among makers and users, forcing critics to reconsider the question of who makes games and why. Taking seriously this new mode of cultural produciton compells analysts to reconsider the blurred boundaries and relations of makers, users and texts as well as their respective relationship to cultural power and hierarchy. The contributions to Indie Games in the Digital Age consider these questions and examine a series of firms, makers, games and scenes, ranging from giants like Nintendo and Microsoft to grassroots games like Cards Against Humanity and Stardew Valley, to chart more precisely the productive and instructive disruption that this new site of cultural production offers.

Virtually You The Dangerous Powers of the E Personality

Virtually You  The Dangerous Powers of the E Personality
Author: Elias Aboujaoude
Pages: 352
ISBN: 9780393080759
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Release: 2011-02-07
Editor: W. W. Norton & Company
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

"Instantly engaging and eminently accessible . . . . an enlightening and cautionary exploration of an increasingly intrusive aspect of modern society." —Booklist While the Internet can enhance well-being, Elias Aboujaoude has spent years treating patients whose lives have been profoundly disturbed by it. Part of the danger lies in how the Internet allows us to act with exaggerated confidence, sexiness, and charisma. Aboujaoude dubs this new self our “e-personality” and argues that its traits are too potent to be confined online. Offline, too, we’re becoming impatient, unfocused, and urge-driven. Virtually You draws from Aboujaoude’s personal and professional experience to highlight this new phenomenon. The first scrutiny of the virtual world’s transformative power on our psychology, Virtually You demonstrates how real life is being reconfigured in the image of a chat room, and how our identity increasingly resembles that of our avatar.

Invictus

Invictus
Author: Jonathan Malone
Pages: 360
ISBN:
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Release: 2020-11-17
Editor: Jonathan Malone
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Invictus is the third novel in The Sebastian Cycle quadrilogy of the Blood of Martyrs series, which deals with the persecution of Christians during the reign of Emperor Diocletian. The main characters are historical figures known in hagiographic literature as Saints Sebastian and Susanna. As Emperors Diocletian and Maximian are entering Rome, Sebastian and Susanna mourn the recent martyrdoms of their friends. With this weighing on his conscience, Sebastian must welcome the Emperors with a cheerful face, even as local authorities are zeroing in. Ironic given that Diocletian is promoting him. Meanwhile, Emperor Maximian is making lecherous eyes at Susanna. But he is not the only one. Torquatus, the betrayer, is lurking the palace, looking for blood.

The Cult of the Amateur

The Cult of the Amateur
Author: Andrew Keen
Pages: 236
ISBN: 9780385520812
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Release: 2007
Editor: Currency
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

A Silicon Valley insider offers a provocative look at the dark side of the new digital revolution, Web 2.0, and its detrimental influence on modern-day culture, society, and business, explaining the devastating repercussions of this cult of the amateur and offering concrete solutions for countering its impact on modern life. Reprint. 17,500 first printing.

Political Internet

Political Internet
Author: Biju P. R.
Pages: 284
ISBN: 9781315389912
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Release: 2016-11-03
Editor: Taylor & Francis
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

This book investigates the Internet as a site of political contestation in the Indian context. It widens the scope of the public sphere to social media, and explores its role in shaping the resistance and protest movements on the ground. The volume also explores the role of the Internet, a global technology, in framing debates on the idea of the nation state, especially India, as well as diplomacy and international relations. It also discusses the possibility of whether Internet can be used as a tool for social justice and change, particularly by the underprivileged, to go beyond caste, class, gender and other oppressive social structures. A tract for our times, this book will interest scholars and researchers of politics, media studies, popular culture, sociology, international relations as well as the general reader.

When Money Talks

When Money Talks
Author: Derek Cressman
Pages: 240
ISBN: 9781626565777
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Release: 2016-01-11
Editor: Berrett-Koehler Publishers
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Special-interest money is destroying our democratic process. But now that the Citizens United decision has thrown out campaign spending limits as abridgments of free speech, Americans want to know what they can do about it. Derek Cressman gives us the tools, both intellectual and tactical, to fight back. There's nothing inherently unconstitutional in limiting the amount of speech, Cressman insists. We do it all the time—for example, cities control when and where demonstrations can take place or how long people can speak at council meetings. Moreover, he argues that while you choose to patronize Fox News, MSNBC, the New York Times, or the Wall Street Journal, political advertising is forced upon you. It's not really free speech at all—it's paid speech. It's not at all what the Founders had in mind when they wrote the First Amendment. Cressman examines how courts have foiled attempts to limit campaign spending, details what a constitutional amendment limiting paid speech should say, and reveals an overlooked political tool concerned citizens can use to help gain the amendment's passage. Seven times before in our history we have approved constitutional amendments to overturn wrongheaded rulings by the Supreme Court—there's no reason we can't do it again.