Tuesday, November 03, 2009

New Reference Books

New Reference books available at the ASC Library:

African Telecommunication/ICT Indicators 2008: At a Crossroads (International Telecommunication Union, 2008). "African Telecommunication Indicators has been published eight times spanning a period of 18 years. At the time the first edition was published, there were only 8.6 million telephone subscribers in Africa, mostly located in the North African countries and South Africa. At that time, Norway had more telephone subscribers than all of Sub-Saharan Africa. Mobile communications were virtually non-existent, with only six networks in operation, and beyond Mauritius and South Africa, there were none in Sub-Saharan Africa. Not one African country was connected to the Internet in 1990....Today, the situation is radically different, with all African countries having mobile networks in operation and connections to the Internet. Growth has defied predictions. For example, the 2004 edition of African Telecommunication Indicators forecast three different scenarios for the number of mobile subscribers in Africa by 2010. The most optimistic scenario of 200 million by 2010 was almost reached in 2006 and exceeded by over 60 million subscribers at the end of 2007. Although it is tempting to get excited about the ICT growth in Africa, the stakes have risen. The milestones by which success is measured are changing. Two decades ago, achieving a teledensity of one per one hundred inhabitants represented a major milestone, but today’s benchmarks of achievement are much higher. The rest of the world has forged ahead with technologies. While Africa has made impressive gains, it remains far behind other regions in ICT access." --from the Introduction REF HE8461 A373 2008

The Book of Codes: Understanding the World of Hidden Messages, edited by Paul Lunde (University of California Press, 2009). "Lavishly illustrated encyclopedia surveys the history and development of code making and code breaking in all areas of culture and society-from hieroglyphs and runes to DNA, the Zodiac Killer, The Da Vinci Code, graffiti, and beyond. Beginning with the first codes, including those found in the natural world and among ancient peoples, the book casts a wide net, exploring secret societies, codes of war, codes of the underworld, commerce, human behavior, and civilization itself. Editor Paul Lunde and group of specialists have compiled the most comprehensive and complete collection of codes available. Visually stunning and packed with fascinating details..."(Publisher's description) REF Z 103 B66 2009

Distinctive Qualities in Communication Research, edited by Donal Carbaugh and Patrice M. Buzzanell (Routledge, 2010). The editors ask contributing scholars to respond to the question, "What makes your research distinctively communication research?" Among the scholars to address this question are our own Drs. Joseph Cappella and Robert Hornik, "The Importance of Communication Science in Addressing Core Problems in Public Health." REF P91.3 D57 2010

Encyclopedia of Journalism, edited by Christopher H. Sterling (SAGE Publications, Inc., 2009). Presents "a current and comprehensive analysis on all aspects of journalism—including the trends, issues, concepts, individuals, institutions, media outlets, and events that go into making journalism a pivotal part of contemporary media. While emphasizing American journalism, a significant amount of space will be devoted to discussing print, broadcast and additional modes of journalism in other countries as well, including their impact on America and vice versa. Coverage will ranges from country essays surveying the development and current state of journalism, to entries focused on specific types of print publications and broadcast programs (offering specific examples), as well as specific media markets, to entries that survey important people and programs within historical and analytical treatments of such familiar journalistic types as the television anchor, or television news magazine programs. Especially important are the encyclopedia’s attention to the changing technologies of journalism, legal and ethical issues, education and training for journalism, the processes and routines of journalism, ownership and industry economics, and the audiences for news. The first four volumes contain entries ranging in length from 800 to 3,500 words, arranged by topic from A to Z...The fifth volume provides reprinted documents of importance to journalism past and present...The sixth volume contains an extensive annotated bibliography on all aspects of journalism, as well as multiple indexes."--Publisher's description PN4728.E48 2009

Encyclopedia of Television Law Shows: Factual and Fictional Series about Judges, Lawyers and the Courtroom, 1948-2008, by Hal Erickson (McFarland, 2009). PN1992.8 J87E53

Food in the Movies, by Steve Zimmerman (McFarland, 2009). "This expanded and revised edition details 400 food scenes, in addition to the 400 films reviewed for the first edition, and an introduction tracing the technical, artistic and cultural forces that contributed to the emergence of food films as a new genre—originated by such films as Tampopo, Babette’s Feast and more recently by films like Mostly Martha, No Reservations and Ratatouille. A filmography is included as an appendix." --Publishers description PN1995.9F65Z56 2010

Internet Inquiry: Conversations about Method, edited by Annette N. Markham and Nancy K. Baym (SAGE Publications, Inc., 2009). Presents distinctive and divergent viewpoints on how to think about and conduct qualitative Internet research. "Some of the most basic principles of qualitative research are clearly and soberly examined in light of Internet research." --Steve Jones, University of Illinois at Chicago ZA4228 I57 2009

Terrorism in American Cinema: An Analytical Filmography, 1960-2008, by Robert Cettl (McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers, 2009). "Analytical filmography of American terrorist films establishes terrorist cinema as a unique subgenre with distinct thematic narrative and stylistic trends. It covers all major American films dealing with terrorism, from Otto Preminger's "Exodus" (1960) to Ridley Scott's "Body of Lies" (2008)." --Publisher's website PN1995.9 T46C48 2009

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