A Blogger´s Manifesto: Erik Ringmar
A Blogger´s Manifesto:Free Speech and Censorship in a Digital World Erik Ringmar
Populism is all the rage these days. Bloggers and journalists from across the political spectrum are obsessed with the people, citizens with already limited power and resources whove suffered severe setbacks from the big Recession of 2008 whose effects continue to this day. Are those representing the people doing them justice? Do they talk to the people enough and know whats in their heads? Given the distrust among many toward the elite and resentment for their exclusion, are conversations meaningful? The people realize the elite dont represent their interests, and have taken advantage of the information revolution to figure the system and their fates in it themselves. This is not to say that the people are beyond error and contradiction, a seamless mindset with all the answers, transparent repositories of truth. This book is a work of literary journalism that investigates how non-experts and outsiders without access to the facts make sense of these times and pass along knowledge--not mere information--that catalyzes others to understand and act. They can express their opinions through a variety of venues, even op-ed writing, and reinterpret numerical facts, think through the values that sustain them while producing stories that make common sense to people in a moral context. The book is divided into two parts. The first, Chapters 1 through 5, is a series of conversations with a variety of people who have differing lifestyles and political orientations, and whose voices have been virtually ignored. The second is a sampling of op-ed pieces written in Huffingtonpost and other publications over the course of the past ten years about the issues that the citizens in part one discuss and react to. These are in chronological order and in response to the post-recession crisis as it evolved, and mostly left in their original form. Together this writing sheds light on how our polarized society evolved. John OKane has published over a hundred and fifty stories, essays and poems in a variety of venues, writes regularly on Huffingtonpost, including a literary journalism series (Mining the States of City Minds), and edits and publishes AMASS Magazine. He has also published Venice, CA: A City State of Mind (2014), and has a book of short stories forthcoming next year, titled Nostalgia for the Future. He teaches writing in the UC system.
Popular blogger Anna Newell Jones of AndThenWeSaved.com delivers this self-help manifesto that reveals how a ´´spending fast´´ will help you get on the road to living debt free. In 2009, young photographer Anna Newell Jones was rapidly suffocating under the weight of too much debt. An inveterate spender, she was in way over her head, to the tune of almost $24,000. She knew her debt was only going to get worse if she didn´t take action, but she didn´t know where to look for help. On a whim, Anna decided to go on a spending fast - an idea she heard in passing but knew little about. Creating her own method, she learned what worked and what didn´t and wrote about it on her blog, AndThenWeSaved.com. Amazingly, Anna was able to eliminate all $23,605.10 of her debt in only 15 months! She was interviewed in Forbes, Self, Glamour, Good Housekeeping, and the Chicago Tribune. Anna´s journey inspired people and showed them that they too could change the way they dealt with their own money woes. The Spender´s Guide to Debt-Free Living takes listeners through a detailed, step-by-step plan on how to do a spending fast and get out of debt, including: Creating a personalized debt-free life pledge Understanding where your money is going when you´re in debt and where it will come from to pay it off Learning why putting money into a savings account before (or while) paying off debt may not be the best idea for you Finding additional income sources and generating side gigs Reintegrating spending into your life once you´re out of debt so that you stay out of debt Filled with do-it-yourself ideas, insight from experts, and tons of motivational tips and real-life practical advice, The Spender´s Guide to Debt-Free Living proves that you don´t have to win the lottery or get a new job to change your life. PLEASE ... 1. Language: English. Narrator: Carly Robins. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/harp/005141/bk_harp_005141_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Things No One Will Tell Fat Girls is a manifesto and call to arms for women of all sizes and ages. With smart and sassy eloquence, veteran blogger Jes M. Baker calls on women to be proud of their bodies, fight against fat shaming, and embrace a body-positive worldview to change public perceptions and help women maintain mental health. With the same straightforward tone that catapulted her to national attention when she wrote a public letter addressing the sexist comments of Abercrombie & Fitch´s CEO, Jes shares personal experiences along with in-depth research in a way that is approachable, digestible, and empowering. Featuring notable guest authors, Things No One Will Tell Fat Girls is an invitation for all women to reject fat prejudice, learn to love their bodies, and join one of the most progressive and life-changing revolutions in the world. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Jes M. Baker. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/blak/008112/bk_blak_008112_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Introducing a Powerful New Business Model for Today´s IT Blogger, speaker, software executive, and best-selling author Jill Dyché has been thinking about leadership a lot lately. Having consulted with business and IT executives with Fortune 500 companies for most of her career, she has heard a common refrain: ´´What should we do about shadow IT?´´ She´s decided to address the answer head-on. With the onslaught of cloud solutions, consumerization of technology, and increasingly tech-savvy business people, it´s time for a manifesto for leaders who recognize - and are nervous about - the demands of the digital age. Whether you´re an executive, department head, or IT manager, The New IT provides an action-ready blueprint for building and strengthening the role of IT in your company - and prescribing IT´s future. Learn how to: ASSESS your current and future IT profile ALIGN your IT organization with business priorities MAP technology delivery plans according to business priorities ORGANIZE IT according to your company´s culture and strengths REDEFINE innovation and talent management practices BUILD a stronger and enduring role for IT as a business partner By using field-tested techniques to align your IT department with your corporate objectives, you can leverage the power of technology across the entire company. The New IT provides a set of tactical and experienced-based frameworks to help you and your colleagues conceive a new roadmap. It also includes real-world case studies and best practices from successful, technology-enabled companies such as Toyota, Merck, Brooks Brothers, Union Bank, and many others. You´ll hear from major industry pioneers, IT thought leaders, and other change agents who are leading the way in this new frontier. And you´ll learn how to bring your business and IT together in a way that is truly transfo... 1. Language: English. Narrator: Caroline Miller. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/graw/000200/bk_graw_000200_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
This hilarious part memoir, part manifesto reveals what sets apart the latest generation of young people coming of age in an all-wired, overeducated, and underemployed world. People are obsessed with Ryan O´Connell´s blogs. With tens of thousands reading his pieces on Thought Catalog and Vice, watching his videos on YouTube, and hanging on to each and every #dark tweet, Ryan has established himself as a unique young voice who´s not afraid to dole out some real talk. He´s that candid, snarky friend you consult when you fear you´re spending too much time falling down virtual k-holes stalking your ex on Facebook or when you´ve made the all-too-common mistake of befriending a psycho while wasted at last night´s party and need to find a way to get rid of them the next morning. But Ryan didn´t always have the answers to these modern-day dilemmas. Growing up gay and disabled with cerebral palsy, he constantly felt like he was one step behind everybody else. Then the rude curveball known as his 20s happened, and things got even more confusing. Ryan spent years as a millennial cliché: he had dead-end internships; dabbled in unemployment; worked in his pajamas as a blogger; communicated mostly via text; looked for love online; spent hundreds on ´´necessary´´ items, like candles, while claiming to have no money; and even descended into aimless pill-popping. But through extensive trial and error, Ryan eventually figured out how to take his life from bleak to chic and began limping toward adulthood. Sharp and entertaining, I´m Special will educate 20somethings (or other adolescents at heart) on what not to do if they ever want to become happy, fully functioning grownups with 401(k)s and dogs. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Ryan O´Connell. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/sans/007148/bk_sans_007148_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.