Reference Books

Reality Lost: Markets of Attention, Misinformation and Manipulation

This open access book looks at how a democracy can devolve into a post-factual state.The media is being flooded by populist narratives, fake news, conspiracy theories and make-believe. Misinformation is turning into a challenge for all of us, whether politicians, journalists, or citizens. In the age of information, attention is a prime asset and may be converted into money, power, and influence – sometimes at the cost of facts. The point is to obtain exposure on the air and in print media, and to generate traffic on social media platforms. With information in abundance and attention scarce, the competition is ever fiercer with truth all too often becoming the first victim.Reality Lost: Markets of Attention, Misinformation and Manipulation is an analysis by philosophers Vincent F. Hendricks and Mads Vestergaard of the nuts and bolts of the information market, the attention economy and media eco-system which may pave way to postfactual democracy. Here misleading narratives become the basis for political opinion formation, debate, and legislation. To curb this development and the threat it poses to democratic deliberation, political self-determination and freedom, it is necessary that we first grasp the mechanisms and structural conditions that cause it.

Useful Free Websites - For Creative Writers

With hundreds, if not thousands, of websites and pages on any given subject available on the WWW it can be confusing and just plain time consuming to find the information you need! Wouldn't all that time searching for information be better spent writing? This book contains details and links to over 40 useful (and free!) websites to help you get started in your creative writing journey, promote and sell your work as well as find advice and new writing friends along the way!

European Heritage, Dialogue and Digital Practices (Critical Heritages of Europe)

European Heritage, Dialogue and Digital Practices focuses on the intersection of heritage, dialogue and digital culture in the context of Europe. Responding to the increased emphasis on the potential for heritage and digital technologies to foster dialogue and engender communitarian identities in Europe, the book explores what kind of role digital tools, platforms and practices play in supporting and challenging dialogue about heritage in the region.Drawing on fieldwork involving several European museums and heritage organisations, the chapters in this volume critically engage with the role of digital technology in heritage work and its association with ideas of democratisation, multivocality and possibilities for feedback and dialogic engagement in the emerging digital public sphere. The book also provides a framework for understanding dialogue in relation to other commonly used approaches in heritage institutions, such as participation, engagement and intercultural exchange. The authors map out the complex landscape of digitally mediated heritage practices in Europe, both official and unofficial, by capturing three distinct areas of practice: perceptions and applications of digitally mediated dialogues around heritage within European museums and cultural policy, facilitation of dialogue between European museums and communities through participatory design approaches and non-official mobilisation of heritage on social media. European Heritage, Dialogue and Digital Practices will be of interest to both scholars and students in the fields of heritage and museum studies, digital heritage, media studies and communication, the digital humanities, sociology and memory studies. The book will also appeal to policy makers and professionals working in a variety of different fields.

A Quote A Day for Writers: January: Getting Started

A QUOTE A DAY FOR WRITERS: JANUARY - GETTING STARTEDA daily shot of writing inspiration, a glimpse into the lives of the authors behind the words, and an introduction to their most famous works - all in one place! Writers benefit from a daily infusion of inspiration, affirmation and wisdom to keep them on course. Where better to find such than from the lips, pens and keyboards of those who have walked the writing path successfully? These collections of the best quotations on writing contain the distilled wisdom of writers throughout the ages on the subject of writing—writers from Epictetus to Maya Angelou, Mark Twain to Bono, Anton Chekhov to Agatha Christie.Here you'll find: ● Inspirational writing quotes, one for each day of the month, to keep you motivated.● A thumbnail biography after each quotation. Where a writer appears more than once, different facets of his or her biography are presented for each entry. ● A sample listing of important books from each writer's bibliography to facilitate further reading.● Focus on a specific theme of interest to writers.● Index of authors appearing in the volume with the date(s) on which each appears.Writers—and readers—are richer for the words of those who have gone before. We encourage anyone who enjoys the quotations in these volumes to find out more about the authors and explore their works.Happy writing!AVAILABLE NOW:A Quote A Day for Writers: 365 Quotations on the Art, Craft, Humor, Heartbreak, Joys & Magic of WritingCOMING SOON:A Quote A Day for WOMEN Writers

Alternative Fuels for Transportation (Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Series)

Exploring how to counteract the world's energy insecurity and environmental pollution, this volume covers the production methods, properties, storage, engine tests, system modification, transportation and distribution, economics, safety aspects, applications, and material compatibility of alternative fuels. The esteemed editor highlights the importance of moving toward alternative fuels and the problems and environmental impact of depending on petroleum products. Each self-contained chapter focuses on a particular fuel source, including vegetable oils, biodiesel, methanol, ethanol, dimethyl ether, liquefied petroleum gas, natural gas, hydrogen, electric, fuel cells, and fuel from nonfood crops.