Reading list for a young media thinker

What to read to be read. What to quote to be quoted. The list is always under upgrade. What is highly recommended is highlighted. Any good additions are welcome.

  1. Baudrillard, Jean. Simulations. New York: Semiotext(e), 1983.
  2. Carr, Nicholas. The Shallows: What the Internet Is Doing to Our Brains . W. W. Norton & Company. 2011.
  3. Cassirer, Ernst. An Essay on Man. Garden City, N.Y.: Doubleday Anchor, 1956.
  4. Castells, Manuel. Networks of Outrage and Hope: Social Movements in the Internet Age. Polity Press, 2012.
  5. Derrida, Jacques. Of Grammatology. 1967.
  6. Derrida, Jacques. Speech and Phenomena and Other Essays on Husserl’s Theory of Signs. 1967.
  7. Dewey, John. Public and Its Problems. Athens, OH: Swallow Press, 1927.
  8. Dyson, George B. Darwin among the Machines: The Evolution of Global Intelligence. Addison-Wesley, 1997.
  9. Edwards, Gemma. Social Movements and Protest (Key Topics in Sociology). Cambridge University Press, 2014.
  10. Eisenstein, Elizabeth. The Printing Press as an Agent of Change. New York: Cambridge University Press, 1979.
  11. Ellul, Jacques. The Technological Society. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1964.
  12. Ellul, Jacques. Propaganda: The Formation of Men’s Attitudes. 1962.
  13. Foucault, Michel. Archaeology of Knowledge. 1966.
  14. Foucault, Michel. The Order of Things: An Archaeology of the Human Sciences. 1966.
  15. Frye, Northrop. The Great Code: The Bible and Literature. Toronto: Academic Press, 1981.
  16. Gurri, Martin. The Revolt of the Public and the Crisis of Authority in the New Millennium. 2018/2014
  17. Innis, Harold. Changing Concepts of Time. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield, 2004.
  18. Innis, Harold. Empire and Communications. With foreword by Marshall McLuhan. Toronto: Univ. of Toronto Press. 1972.
  19. Innis, Harold. The bias of communication. 1951.
  20. Jarvis, Jeff. Public Parts: How Sharing in the Digital Age Improves the Way We Work and Live. Simon & Schuster, 2011.
  21. Kapitsa, Sergei. How many people have lived, live and will live on the Earth? An outline of the theory of growth of humankind. 1999.
  22. Keyes, Ralph. The Post-Truth Era: Dishonesty and Deception in Contemporary Life. NY: St. Martin’s Press, 2004.
  23. Kilgour, Frederick G. The Evolution of the Book. Oxford University Press, 1998.
  24. Konak, Nahide, and others. Waves of Social Movement Mobilizations in the Twenty-First Century: Challenges to the Neo-Liberal World Order and Democracy. London: Lexington Books, 2015
  25. Kurzweil, Ray. The Singularity Is Near: When Humans Transcend Biology. Penguin Publishing Group. 2005.
  26. Lanier, Jaron. You Are Not a Gadget: A Manifesto. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2010.
  27. Lee, James Melvin. History of American Journalism. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1917.
  28. Lenin, Vladimir. Imperialism as a higher stage of capitalism. 1916.
  29. Levinson, Paul (editor and contributor). In Pursuit of Truth: Essays on the Philosophy of Karl Popper on the Occasion of his 80th Birthday. With Forewords by Isaac Asimov and Helmut Schmidt. Humanities Press, 1982
  30. Levinson, Paul. Digital McLuhan: A Guide to the Information Millennium. Routledge, 1999
  31. Levinson, Paul. New New Media. Penguin/Pearson, 2009/2012
  32. Lippmann, Walter. Liberty and the News. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1920.
  33. Lippmann, Walter. Public Opinion. Transaction Publishers, 1993. Originally published by Macmillan, 1922.
  34. Lippmann, Walter. The Phantom Public. Free Press Paperbacks, 1997. Originally published by Macmillan, 1927.
  35. Logan, Robert. McLuhan Misunderstood: Setting the Record Straight. The Key Publishing House Inc. 2013.
  36. Logan, Robert. The Alphabet Effect: The Impact of the Phonetic Alphabet on the Development of Western Civilization. New York: St. Martin’s Press, 1986.
  37. Logan, Robert. What is Information? Toronto: DEMO Press. 2013
  38. Manguel, Alberto. A History of Reading. Viking, 1996.
  39. Manovich, Lev. The Language of New Media. MIT Press, 2001.
  40. McLuhan, Marshall, & Fiore, Quentin. The medium is the massage: An inventory of effects. 1967.
  41. McLuhan, Marshall, and McLuhan, Eric. Laws of Media: The New Science. Toronto: University of Toronto Press. 1988.
  42. McLuhan, Marshall. Essential McLuhan (E. McLuhan & F. Zingrone, Eds.). 1995.
  43. McLuhan, Marshall. The Gutenberg galaxy: The making of typographic man. 1962.
  44. McLuhan, Marshall. The mechanical bride: Folklore of industrial man. 1951.
  45. McLuhan, Marshall. Understanding media. The Extension of Man. 1964.
  46. Minsky, Marvin. A Society of Mind. New York: Simon and Schuster, 1988.
  47. Miroshnichenko, Andrey. Human as Media. The Emancipation of Authorship. 2014
  48. Mir, Andrey. Postjournalism and the death of newspapers. The media after Trump: manufacturing anger and polarization. 2020.
  49. Mumford, Lewis. Technics and Civilization. New York: Harcourt, Brace and World, 1934.
  50. Mumford, Lewis. The myth of the machine. 1967/1970.
  51. Ong, Walter. Orality and literacy: The technologizing of the word. 1982.
  52. Ortega y Gasset, Jose. The Revolt of the Masses. 1930.
  53. Pariser, Eli. The Filter Bubble: How the New Personalized Web Is Changing What We Read and How We Think. Penguin Publishing Group. 2011.
  54. Popper, Karl. The Open Society and Its Enemies. 1945.
  55. Postman, Neil. Amusing Ourselves to Death: Public Discourse in the Age of Show Business. 1985.
  56. Postman, Neil. Technopoly: The Surrender of Culture to Technology. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1992.
  57. Reynolds, Glenn. An Army of Davids: How Markets and Technology Empower Ordinary People To Beat Big Media, Big Government, and Other Goliaths. Nelson Current, 2006.
  58. Rushkoff, Douglas. Life Inc.: How the World Became a Corporation and How to Take It Back. New York: Random House, 2009.
  59. Rushkoff, Douglas. Media Virus! Hidden Agendas in Popular Culture. New York: Ballantine. 1994.
  60. Rushkoff, Douglas. Present Shock: When Everything Happens Now. 2013.
  61. Rushkoff, Douglas. Program or Be Programmed: Ten Commands for a Digital Age. New York: Or Books, 2010.
  62. Rushkoff, Douglas. Throwing Rocks at the Google Bus. How Growth Became the Enemy of Prosperity.New York: Portfolio / Penguin, 2016.
  63. Seabrook, John. Nobrow: the culture of marketing, the marketing of culture. Methuen Publishing, 2000.
  64. Shirky, Clay. Cognitive Surplus: Creativity and Generosity in a Connected Age. Penguin Books, 2010.
  65. Shirky, Clay. Here Comes Everybody: The Power of Organizing Without Organizations. New York: The Penguin Press, 2008.
  66. Strate, Lance. Echoes and Reflections: On Media Ecology as a Field of Study. Cresskill, NJ: Hampton Press. 2006.
  67. Strate, Lance. Media Ecology: An Approach to Understanding the Human Condition. (2017).
  68. Sundararajan, Arun. The Sharing Economy: The End of Employment and the Rise of Crowd-Based Capitalism. MIT Press, 2016.
  69. Teilhard de Chardin, Pierre. The Phenomenon of Man. 1955.
  70. Tilly, Charles, and Wood, Lesley J. Social Movements 1768-2012. New York: Routledge, 2016.
  71. Tocqueville, Alexis de. Democracy in America. New York: Vintage Books, 1954.
  72. Toffler, Alvin. Future Shock. 1970.
  73. Turkle, Sherry. Alone Together: Why We Expect More from Technology and Less from Each Other. New York: Basic Books, 2011.
  74. Van Dyke, Nella. Understanding the Tea Party Movement (The Mobilization Series on Social Movements, Protest, and Culture). New York: Routledge, 2016.
  75. Von Neumann, John. The Computer and the Brain. Yale University Press, 2000.
  76. Whitrow, Gerald. Time in History: The Evolution of Our General Awareness of Time and Temporal Perspective. Oxford and New York: Oxford University Press, 1988.
  77. Wiener, Norbert. The human use of human beings: Cybernetics and society. 1950.

See also an introductory reading list for media ecology made by Lance Strate

Andrey Mir


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  1. Hey Andrey – huge fan of your writing. You may be interested in checking this piece:


  1. Медиа и технологии. Самое интересное #90. 15 февраля 2017 — Media Skunk

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