17 June 2013, 09:44
2013 | EPUB | 621.97KB
Celebrants and skeptics alike have produced valuable analyses of the Internet’s effect on us and our world, oscillating between utopian bliss and dystopian hell. But according to Robert W. McChesney, arguments on both sides fail to address the relationship between economic power and the digital world.
McChesney’s award-winning Rich Media, Poor Democracy skewered the assumption that a society drenched in commercial information is a democratic one. In Digital Disconnect, McChesney returns to this provocative thesis in light of the advances of the digital age. He argues that the sharp decline in the enforcement of antitrust violations, the increase in patents on digital technology and proprietary systems and massive indirect subsidies and other policies have made the internet a place of numbing commercialism. A handful of monopolies now dominate the political economy, from Google, which garners a 97 percent share of the mobile search market, to Microsoft, whose operating system is used by over 90 percent of the world’s computers. Capitalism’s colonization of the Internet has spurred the collapse of credible journalism and made the Internet an unparalleled apparatus for government and corporate surveillance and a disturbingly antidemocratic force.
In Digital Disconnect, Robert McChesney offers a groundbreaking critique of the Internet, urging us to reclaim the democratizing potential of the digital revolution while we still can.
Rough Living: Tips and Tales of a Vagabond
17 June 2013, 07:50
2013 | EPUB | 2.42MB
Back when the millenium was new, Vago Damitio decided he'd had enough of the corporate world and decided to see what it was like being homeless. Actually, he'd only been in the corpoate world for about six months and he became house-less, not homeless. His mission was to learn how to live in America without a job, a house, or any other impediments to having as much freedom as one man could find and to share with the world. He may not have found the answers he was looking for, but he learned a hell of a lot and had some whacked out adventures.
This book, originally published in 2003, contains those tips and tales. Vago Damitio has now, in 2013, been to more than forty countries, written ten books, and is still living on his own terms. Since publishing this book he's earned a degree, gotten married, and become a dad. Life is beautiful.
This is the 10th Anniversary Edition of Rough Living: Tips and Tales of a Vagabond. It contains more stories, more tips, updated author notes, and some resources that didn't exist when the book was first published. It contains a few photos from Vago's adventures back in 2000 and 2001. While there is some new informationin this version, it is highly recommended that you also read Smooth Living: Beyond the Life of a Vagobond and Liminal Travel. Don't forget to keep your boots dry!
Liminal Travel: The Spaces In Between
17 June 2013, 07:45
2013 | AZW3 | 382.86KB
Liminal Travel a guide to fulfilling your desires - with travel.
Travel in itself is a freedom from the things that constrain us in life. At least it should be. Liminal Travel outlines some of the ways that those who do travel can get more out of it for less money.
While not a budget travel guide, Liminal Travel is a guide to seeing travel in a different light. Chapters focus on earning money on the road, finding the right accommodation, rewarding things to do (for free), and alternative means of getting from here to there.