TED Talks

TED Talks: The Official TED Guide to Public Speaking by Chris Anderson

PN 4129.15 .A53 2015

“Since taking over TED in 2001, Chris Anderson has shown how carefully crafted short talks can be the key to unlocking empathy, stirring excitement, sharing knowledge, and promoting a shared dream. Done right, a talk can electrify a room and transform an audience’s worldview; it can be more powerful than anything in written form.

This book explains how the miracle of powerful public speaking is achieved, and equips you to give it your best shot. There is no set formula; no two talks should be the same. But there are tools that can empower any speaker.

Chris Anderson has worked behind the scenes with all the TED speakers who have inspired us the most, and here he shares insights from such favorites as Sir Ken Robinson, Amy Cuddy, Elizabeth Gilbert, Salman Khan, Dan Gilbert, Monica Lewinsky, and dozens more – everything from how to craft your talk’s content to how you can be most effective onstage. This is the twenty-first century’s new manual for truly effective communication, and it is a must-read for anyone who is ready to create impact with their ideas.”
– publisher description


Niche News: The Politics of News Choice

Niche News: The Politics of News Choice by Natalie Jomini Stroud

P 96 .A832 U67 2011

“Fox News, MSNBC, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Rush Limbaugh Show, National Public Radio – with so many options, where do people turn for news?  In Niche News, Natalie Stroud investigates how people navigate these choices and the political implications that their choice ultimately entails.  By combining an analysis of the various news formats that citizens rely on with innovative surveys and experiments, she offers the most comprehensive look to date at the extent to which partisanship influences our media selections.  At the heart of Niche News is the concept of “partisan selective exposure,” a behavior that leads individuals to select news sources that match their own views.  This phenomenon helps explain the political forces at work behind media consumption.  Just as importantly, she finds that selective exposure also influences how average citizens engage with politics in general.  On one hand, citizens may become increasingly divided as a result of using media that coheres with their political beliefs; on the other hand, partisan selective exposure may encourage participation.  Ultimately, Stroud reveals just how intimately connected the mainstream media and the world of politics really are, a conclusion with significant implications for the practice of American democracy.” – publisher description

Comic Relief: A Comprehensive Philosophy of Humor

Comic Relief: A Comprehensive Philosophy of Humor by John Morreall

PN 6149 .P5 M67 2009

“Western philosophy’s traditional assessment of the nature and value of humor has not been kind, as the standard theories made humor look antisocial, irrational, and foolish. It wasn’t until well into the 20th century that humor gained even a semblance of respect. Comic Relief goes a great way toward ameliorating this injustice. Noted philosophical humor writer John Morreall develops a comprehensive theory that integrates psychological, aesthetic, and ethical issues relating to humor. He also presents and critiques the standard Superiority, Incongruity, and Relief Theories of humor, revealing how they not only fail to explain its nature, but actually support traditional prejudices against humor. While utilizing elements from traditional theories of humor, Morreall goes into much greater depth about the opposition between amusement and emotions, the cognitive and practical disengagement in humor, the psychological and social benefits of humor, and the comic vision of life itself. He further argues that humor’s benefits overlap significantly with those of philosophy, concluding that philosophy’s traditional rejection of humor has been an egregious error. Informed by scholarly research, Comic Relief is an enlightening and accessible foray into the serious business of humor.” –publisher description.

Total Recall: How the E-memory Revolution will Change Everything

Total Recall: How the E-memory Revolution will Change Everything by Gordon Bell and Jim Gemmell

HM 851 .B4525 2009

“What if you could remember everything? Soon, if you choose, you will be able to conveniently and affordably record your whole life in minute detail. You would have Total Recall. Authors Gordon Bell and Jim Gemmell draw on experience from their MyLifeBits project at Microsoft Research to explain the benefits to come from an earth-shaking and inevitable increase in electronic memories. In 1998 they began using Bell, a luminary in the computer world, as a test case, attempting to digitally record as much of his life as possible. Photos, letters, and memorabilia were scanned. Everything he did on his computer was captured. He wore an automatic camera, an arm-strap that logged his bio-metrics, and began recording telephone calls. This experiment, and the system created to support it, put them at the center of a movement studying the creation and enjoyment of e-memories.

Since then the three streams of technology feeding the Total Recall revolution– digital recording, digital storage, and digital search, have become gushing torrents. We are capturing so much of our lives now, be it on the date–and location–stamped photos we take with our smart phones or in the continuous records we have of our emails, instant messages, and tweets–not to mention the GPS tracking of our movements many cars and smart phones do automatically. We are storing what we capture either out there in the “cloud” of services such as Facebook or on our very own increasingly massive and cheap hard drives. But the critical technology, and perhaps least understood, is our magical new ability to find the information we want in the mountain of data that is our past. And not just Google it, but data mine it so that, say, we can chart how much exercise we have been doing in the last four weeks in comparison with what we did four years ago. In health, education, work life, and our personal lives, the Total Recall revolution is going to change everything. As Bell and Gemmell show, it has already begun.

Total Recall is a technological revolution that will accomplish nothing less than a transformation in the way humans think about the meaning of their lives.” — book jacket

Packaging Terrorism: Co-opting the News for Politics and Profit

Packaging Terrorism: Co-opting the News for Politics and Profit  by Susan D. Moeller

HV 6431 .M632 2009

“Packaging Terrorism is the account of a very simple idea: it’s not the acts of terrorism that most matter in the post 9/11 world, it’s what we are told to think about the acts of terrorism. Politicians tell us what to think. The media tell us what to think. Even terrorists tell us what to think. They all want to attract our attention, and all have reasons for wanting us to think in a certain way. They all want to tell us why an act of terrorism matters. They all have agendas. They all are packaging terrorism for our consumption and we are the audience for all those disparate actors.

Terrorism has become an everyday global event—in Iraq, in Israel, in India, in Indonesia, and also in the United Kingdom and United States. Packaging Terrorism investigates how Western media have identified and covered international terrorism and violence since September 11, 2001. Comparing US coverage with that of British and of Arab media, Packaging Terrorism not only explores media coverage of terrorism around the world but also explains the priorities, assumptions, political debates, deadline pressures, and bottom-line considerations that will continue to influence this coverage in the future.” — book jacket

Visual Language for Designers: Principles for Creating Graphics that People Understand

Visual Language for Designers: Principles for Creating Graphics that People Understand by Connie Malamed

NC 997 .M24 2009

“In a time of unprecedented competition for audience attention and with an increasing demand for complex graphics, Visual Language for Designers explains how to achieve quick and effective communications. It presents ways to design for the strengths of our innate mental capacities and to compensate for our cognitive limitations.


  • How to organize graphics for quick perception
  • How to direct the eyes to essential information
  • How to use visual shorthand for efficient communication
  • How to make abstract ideas concrete
  • How to best express visual complexity
  • How to charge a graphic with energy and emotion” — book jacket

Censored 2010: The Top 25 Censored Stories of 2008-09

Censored 2010: The Top 25 Censored Stories of 2008-09 edited by Peter Phillips and Mickey Huff with Project Censored

PN 4888 .P6 C466 2009

“In addition to highlighting the twenty-five most important underreported news stories, Censored 2010 includes in-depth essays on select issues, plus updates on previous years’ censored stories and the “junk food” stories that get all the coverage. Read all about: how the U.S. Congress has sold out to Wall Street; how U.S. schools are more segregated now than in the 1950s; the real story behind Somali pirates; potentially deadly nuclear waste being stored in North Carolina; how Europe has rejected toxic U. S. exports; how business is booming for lobbyists; the corrupt past of some of Obama’s military appointees; how private corporations are profiting from the occupation of Palestine; and covert war being waged by the U.S. in Sudan.

Includes stories of hope and change from the people of Yes! Magazine; FAIR’s Fear and Favor Report 2008, on how power still shapes the news; Human Trafficking and Domestic Prostitution Reconsidered; Water as a Commodity or Commons?; Truth Emergency: Inside the Military-Industrial Media Empire; Propaganda and Spin Coming out of the Pentagon; Index on Censorship’s Annual Report; The Failing Corporate Media System; Election 2008: Vanishing Votes, Disappearing Democracy, and Media Misdirection; Expanding Investigative Research for Independent Media and Human Betterment; and A Study of Lesbian and Gay Standpoint Films.”–back cover.