This book brings together 23 specialists in various areas related to broadband, specialists who wanted to discuss Brazil’s public policies and regulations as well as the progress and challenges related to expanding access to broadband Internet service. The 16 chapters also address the evolution of the country’s broadband infrastructure, including experiences of entrepreneurship and public-private partnerships. This debate is fundamental for Brazil’s technological, economic and social progress.
Peter Knight provides an engaging and cogent analysis of the development of conspiracy culture, from 1960s' countercultural suspicions about the authorities to the 1990s, where a paranoid attitude is both routine and ironic. Conspiracy Culture analyses conspiracy narratives about familiar topics like the Kennedy assassination, alien abduction, body horror, AIDS, crack cocaine, the New World Order, as well as more unusual ones like the conspiracies of patriarchy and white supremacy.
Conspiracy Culture shows how Americans have come to distrust not only the narratives of the authorities, but even the authority of narrative itself to explain What Is Really Going On. From the complexities of Thomas Pynchon's novels to the endless mysteries of The X-Files, Knight argues that contemporary conspiracy culture is marked by an infinite regress of suspicion. Trust no one, because we have met the enemy and it is us.
Drawing on the late nineteenth-century explosion of art, literature, and media, which sought to dramatize the workings of the stock market for a wide audience, Knight shows how ordinary Americans became both emotionally and financially invested in the market. He analyzes popular investment manuals, brokers’ newsletters, newspaper columns, magazine articles, illustrations, and cartoons. He also introduces readers to fiction featuring financial tricksters, which was characterized by themes of personal trust and insider information. The book reveals how the popular culture of the period shaped the very idea of the market as a self-regulating mechanism by making the impersonal abstractions of high finance personal and concrete.
From the rise of ticker-tape technology to the development of conspiracy theories, Reading the Market argues that commentary on the Stock Exchange between 1870 and 1915 changed how Americans understood finance—and explains what our pervasive interest in Wall Street says about us now.
The accessible style adopted in the text facilitates a clear understanding of glaciers and the role they play in global issues such as environmental change, geoorphology and hydrology. The use of complex mathematics is avoided as the reader is introduced to important concepts and techniques in modern glaciology such as deforming beds, migrating ice-divides and stable isotope analysis.
This is an essential reference book for sutdents, professional geologists and researchers and would be ideal for those who want either a rapid up-date or an introduction to the subject. The books' discussion of recent discoveries and of reserch issues for the future, supported by a thorough reference list, enables readers to pursue their own areas of particular interest.
‘Vigilant Watchers’ is a collection of poems by Western Australian poet Peter Knight that seek to address aspects of human existence and even the cosmos. Sometimes that is even done through non-human entities such as a bullet, an insect or a rocking chair. The poet’s underlying intention is not so much to explain but to explore. To facilitate the reader exploring in whatever way her/his mind or emotions may be prompted to go.
Thus, ‘Vigilant Watchers’ touches on many subjects. It acknowledges the life and accomplishments of Beatles’ musician John Lennon and of comedian and musician Dudley Moore. It revisits the William Tell legend, Shakespeare’s Ophelia from ‘Hamlet’, Beach Boys’ musician Brian Wilson and the experience of two scuba divers, each of whom seem destined not to resurface [‘in deep’ and ‘the art of a diver’]. Even God is the subject of scrutiny [‘meet your Maker’].
Largely, ‘Vigilant Watchers’ addresses the experience of so-called ‘ordinary people’. For example, an egocentric but insecure contemporary young woman [‘Assurance’], an anxious late middle-aged man [‘Rehearsal’] and someone expressing self-doubt [‘not much, as such’]. Some other poems address human concerns in a more abstract way, such as in ‘economy of need’, ‘the unknown monument’, ‘the time it takes a traveller’, and ‘circular’.
Even though addressing what may be considered ‘philosophical’ concerns, a lighter touch, somewhat tongue in cheek or mildly satirical, is sometimes applied, as in, for instance: ‘flight of the better-fly’, ‘Bite’, ‘the dancers’, ‘great representations’, and ‘oh, what a difference’.
In all, 31 well-crafted, thoughtful and accessible poems offer a broad sampling of, and approach to, subject matter likely to be of interest and enjoyment to many readers who appreciate modern poetry.
âeuro;¢ Over 300 A-Z entries on various events, ideas, and persons, as well as crucial supporting and refuting evidence, and competing explanations for the origins, history, and popularity of this mode of political thought
âeuro;¢ Primary documents from organizations promoting conspiracy theories
âeuro;¢ Contributions from over 100 international scholars with a full range of historical expertise
âeuro;¢ Separate section containing about 100 illustrative extracts covering the full range of American history, each with a brief headnote placing it in context
Strange surroundS’ endeavours to conjure some interesting landscape & observations concerning differing people & their variably strange activities. A collection of poems by Western Australian poet Peter Knight, its voices are mostly those of fictionalised persons and things, with the licence that that brings. The poet considers that they are amply diverse such that they may be of broad interest, relevance and appeal to many readers.
‘Strange surroundS’ bares many varied human landscapes, eg love, or something lusty approximating love, in an anthropomorphic context, in ‘imacello’. ‘in Xanadu’ witnesses the making & breaking of the vision of Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s epic drug-induced poem ‘Kubla Khan’. A surreal vision of post-world war memorialisation unfolds in ‘fixation’. Surrealist visions of bodily detachment are floated in ‘3 dreamings’. Manifestation of psychiatric disorder is to be recalled in ‘memory of my fall’.
Alternate visions, real and transcendental, jostle along ‘the path once followed’ [the intrinsic strangeness of life & death]. So too, in other ways, in ‘Flow’ [the search for a dry continent’s undiscovered inland sea], ‘southern extremities’ [the inexorable movement north of Antarctic depression] & ‘solicitude upon Mars’ [a most extreme exile].
Some other themes include disappeared pre-eminents such as Australia’s only Prime Minister to have drowned while in office (body not recovered) [‘Soundings by Portsea’] & a 19th-century German-Australian explorer (vanished with his expedition party) [‘Leichhardt: Moonlight Soliloquy’]. Trees are linked by death [‘3 degrees of tree’] with a person facing the same imminent outcome [‘linger’]. A refracted process of creative endeavour is tracked in ‘mid-line analysis’.
In all, 31 well-crafted, thoughtful and accessible poems offer a broad sampling of, and approach to, subject matter intended to be of interest to many readers.