Nebenkriegsschauplatz wird auf einmal in den Medien gehypt und ein aussichtsreicher Kandidat zerstört. Irgendein Produkt oder eine Person wird auf einmal aus der Anonymität zur viralen Sensation katapultiert. Was Sie nicht wissen: Es gibt jemanden, der für all das verantwortlich ist. Im Regelfall jemand wie ich. Wer bin ich? Ich bin ein Medien-Manipulator. In einer Welt, in der Blogs die Nachrichten beherrschen und auch verfälschen, ist es mein Job, die Blogs zu kontrollieren - so gut, wie das einem Menschen überhaupt möglich ist. Warum teile ich diese Geheimnisse? Ich habe eine Welt satt, in der Blogs indirekte Bestechungsgelder annehmen, in der die Werber beim Schreiben der Nachrichten helfen, Journalisten Lügen verbreiten und keiner am Ende dafür verantwortlich gemacht wird. Ich ziehe den Vorhang über all diesen Vorgängen weg, weil ich nicht möchte, dass die Öffentlichkeit weiterhin für dumm verkauft wird. Ich werde Ihnen genau erklären, wie die Medien heute WIRKLICH funktionieren. Was Sie dann mit diesem Wissen anfangen, das überlasse ich ganz Ihnen
Turdhead: The Fourth Notch is, most definitely, a spy novel. Dr. Bill William's challenging childhood is a link connecting Bill to a twisted journey that eventually joins the clandestine path of espionage. Bill learned very early to duck and cover in avoiding the swinging arms of his angry father but Bill remains resistant to describe himself as an abused child. Bill maintains that his dad was a good provider, didn't drink excessively and was very much the same as his buddies' dads-oil field roughnecks and rodeos. Both of bill's parents died, one month apart, when Bill was ten years old. Cancer swiftly took both and Bill's dad sucked on his Old Gold cigarettes to his last wet, rasping breath. At ten years old as Bill became a planner and observer. He knew his life was over in the small town of Duncan, Oklahoma, but his ten year old logic had a plan; hide out as long as he could and, when discovered, hitch hike to California and live with Roy Rogers and Dale Evans. This was a beginning and Bill observed and planned his path through his teenage years, military, and college. Bill threw his plan book out the window when surviving the courtship of his soon-to-be wife, Alex. Very soon, unplanned teaching opportunities for couples in Saudi Arabia were considered and accepted. This, inadvertently, led to some dabbling in covert assignments and eventually a major mishap resulting in Bill's arrest in Saudi Arabia as an Israeli spy. Seven months later, Bill activated his plan to escape Saudi Arabia in an Arab dhow. After three weeks of sailing on the Red Sea, Bill approached the Sinai peninsula, was rescued by the Israeli coast guard and eventually delivered to the Mossad Director. Thus began a series of events resulting in Bill being thrust into CIA field agent training and his first assignment, back to Israel as a liaison officer at the American embassy in Tel Aviv. Bill's adventures continued in assignment to Beirut and eventually Afghanistan.
The dead too have hopes... And among the hopeful dead is Alex Resartus: obtuse professor, obscure novelist, schizophrenic...and vampire. As an obtuse professor, he bewilders and frustrates his bored students; as an obscure novelist with a once-promising reputation, he desires to recover his creative powers, but his shattered mind stands in the way. As a schizophrenic, Alex's mind is broken, and in this most unusual novel, A Self-Made Monster, Alex plans to reorganize his broken mind with whole blood. For Alex's special quirkOCoboth his blessing and his curseOCois that he takes on the traits of his victims in most surprising ways. Alex sees the brilliant and socially backward student, Edward Head, as his savior: Edward's disciplined and powerful mind is just the tonic Alex needs to rejuvenate his creative powers. But Alex is not the only one with hopes. The living among him have their own hopes. EdwardOCOs hopes are carnal. He desires both Holly Dish, an amalgam of sweaty undergraduate daydreams, and Claire Sweet, a returning adult coed who is both cool and mysterious. Holly and Claire too have their own hopes, as does the short and cynical Jimmy Stubbs, who hates to study and loves to drink beer and scheme. The hopes of each character intersect and eventually violently knotOCoproducing a twisting climax that leaves some characters dead and others about to savor an astounding financial windfall. By turns violent and funny, A Self-Made Monster is one of the most unusual vampire novels ever published. It strips away the tired clich(r)s and purple prose of the vampire story and replaces them with dead-on characterizations, a galloping plot, and a new conception of the vampire itself. Boson Books also offers Flunky and Prelude to Hemlock by Steve Vivian. For an author bio and photo, reviews and a reading sample, visit bosonbooks.com."
Author: Lenore Taylor
Publisher: Melbourne Univ. Publishing
Release Date: 2010
Genre: Political Science
From respected journalists Lenore Taylor and David Uren comes the inside story of the Rudd government's darkest days in office. Its first term will be forever defined by the Global Financial Crisis, or - to use the Prime Minister's term - the 'shitstorm' that engulfed the nation and the world. Based on interviews with all the key players on both sides of politics, Shitstorm reveals just how close Australia came to disaster, what Kevin Rudd and his colleagues did to avoid it, and the serious mistakes they made along the way.
Author: Robert P. Fregault
Release Date: 2015-11-12
Brian Cahill was a wanted man. He had volunteered for the top secret mission out of a sense patriotism. But now, those who had recruited him wanted him dead. He was not supposed to survive the mission. The mission had been both high profile and high risk. And, for the powers that had planned it, there could be no loose ends. The risks were too great. Brian Cahill carried a secret that could shake the government to its very core. For four years they had searched for him and for four years he had avoided capture. But now, through a chance encounter, they had found him. He was a liability that had to be eliminated. He would not see them coming and they would offer him no shelter, no quarters. They would tighten the noose and the terrible secret that he possessed would die with him. At least that was the plan.
Fachbuch aus dem Jahr 2017 im Fachbereich Medien / Kommunikation - Multimedia, Internet, neue Technologien, , Sprache: Deutsch, Abstract: Kaum eine Woche vergeht, ohne dass in den Medien über einen Shitstorm berichtet wird. Doch was genau ist ein Shitstorm? Und welche Rolle spielen Social Media für die Dynamik einer „digitalen Empörungswelle“? Dieses Buch gibt einen fundierten Einblick in das Thema Shitstorm und beleuchtet das Phänomen aus verschiedenen Blickwinkeln. Neben unterschiedlichen Definitionsansätzen, die bei Begriffen wie Protest, Konflikt, Skandal und Masse ansetzen, werden Maßnahmen des Reputationsmanagement und der Krisenprävention vorgestellt und diskutiert. Damit liefert der Band Antworten auf die Frage: Was ist ein Shitstorm und wie kann ich verhindern, in einen „Sturm der Entrüstung“ zu geraten? Aus dem Inhalt: - Soziale Medien; - digitale Empörungswelle; - Sturm der Entrüstung; - Skandal; - Konflikt; - Massenphänomen; - Reputationsmanagement und Krisenprävention
Author: Martin Barber
Publisher: British Academic Press
Release Date: 2014-11-30
Genre: Political Science
How to respond effectively to humanitarian crises is one of the most pressing and seemingly intractable problems facing the United Nations. Martin Barber, for many years a senior UN official and with decades of humanitarian experience, here argues that the explanation for UN 'failures' or only partial successes lies not with any lack of idealism or good intentions but with the constraints placed on aid workers by ill-considered policies and poor practical application - officials are 'blinded by humanity'. Barber presents an inside story based on personal/hands-on/practical experience in Laos, Thailand, Afghanistan, Bosnia-Herzegovina and, finally, in Abu Dhabi where he advised the UAE government on its aid programme. He tells of internal struggles at head office and the challenges of working in the field. All the major UN activities - and headaches - are here, including refugee work, coordinating humanitarian aid, peacekeeping, the huge problem of 'de-mining', and the complex internal workings of the UN Secretariat. A personal narrative and lessons drawn from direct experience provide the frame for an examination of major questions concerning the future of humanitarian response - how effectively have international institutions discharged their responsibilities towards people affected by conflict? Specifically, how did the UN perform? And how might the UN better help such people in the 21st century? Barber analyses recent policy developments intended to improve the quality and effectiveness of the UN's work in humanitarian fields, and assesses the extent to which recent reforms are likely to make the UN a more effective partner for countries emerging from conflict. In the final chapter he highlights seven 'blind spots' whose significance has been consistently ignored or overlooked, and in each case suggests a radical new approach. Based on decades of personal experience and 'insider access', this will be essential reading for students of international relations and politics as well as for all those directly or indirectly involved with humanitarian issues.
Author: Michael Lewis
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company; 1 edition (March 31, 2014)
Release Date: 2014-03-31
Genre: Business & Economics
Four years after his #1 bestseller The Big Short, Michael Lewis returns to Wall Street to report on a high-tech predator stalking the equity markets. Flash Boys is about a small group of Wall Street guys who figure out that the U.S. stock market has been rigged for the benefit of insiders and that, post–financial crisis, the markets have become not more free but less, and more controlled by the big Wall Street banks. Working at different firms, they come to this realization separately; but after they discover one another, the flash boys band together and set out to reform the financial markets. This they do by creating an exchange in which high-frequency trading—source of the most intractable problems—will have no advantage whatsoever. The characters in Flash Boys are fabulous, each completely different from what you think of when you think “Wall Street guy.” Several have walked away from jobs in the financial sector that paid them millions of dollars a year. From their new vantage point they investigate the big banks, the world’s stock exchanges, and high-frequency trading firms as they have never been investigated, and expose the many strange new ways that Wall Street generates profits. The light that Lewis shines into the darkest corners of the financial world may not be good for your blood pressure, because if you have any contact with the market, even a retirement account, this story is happening to you. But in the end, Flash Boys is an uplifting read. Here are people who have somehow preserved a moral sense in an environment where you don’t get paid for that; they have perceived an institutionalized injustice and are willing to go to war to fix it. Editorial ReviewsReview“Michael Lewis is a genius, and his book will give high-frequency trading a much-needed turn under the microscope.” (Kevin Roose - New York Magazine) “Dazzling… guaranteed to make blood boil… riveting.” (Janet Maslin - The New York Times) “If you read one business book this year, make it Flash Boys.” (David Sirota - Salon) “A beautiful narrative, so well-written. You’ve got to get this.” (Jon Stewart - The Daily Show) “Important to public debate about Wall Street… in exposing what one of his central characters calls the ‘Pandora’s box of ridiculousness’ that financial exchanges have become.” (Philip Delves Broughton - The Wall Street Journal) “Michael Lewis knows how to tell a story.” (Vanity Fair) “Remarkable… Michael Lewis has a spellbinding talent for finding emotional dramas in complex, highly technical subjects.” (Financial Times) “Who knew high-frequency trading was such a sexy subject?” (Bloomberg Business Week) “Michael Lewis is one of the premier chroniclers of our age.” (Huffington Post) “Score one for the humans! Critics of high speed, computer-driven trading have a new champion.” (CNN Money) “If you own stock, you need to read Flash Boys… and then call your broker.” (Entertainment Weekly) “In 24 hours, I plowed through Michael Lewis' new blockbuster Flash Boys: A Wall Street Revolt, a book about the huge changes that have occurred in financial markets in the last three decades. It's compelling reading.” (John Aziz - The Week) “Flash Boys richly deserves to be the first chapter in a new discussion of market rules and abuses… Lewis raises troubling and necessary questions.” (The American Conservative) “When it comes to narrative skill, a reporter’s curiosity and an uncanny instinct for the pulse of the zeitgeist, Lewis is a triple threat.” (James B. Stewart - New York Times) “[Lewis] is a top-flight storyteller.” (Lev Grossman - Time) “A fast-paced tale backed by gutsy reporting.” (Tina Jordan - Entertainment Weekly) “A tour de force that will grab and hold your attention like the best of thrillers.” (Jon Talton - Seattle Times) “Lewis writes about the resilience of underdogs, even in the face of seemingly overwhelming odds. He’s doing essential work, and anything that embarrasses fat cats and encourages reform is a flash in the right direction.” (Julie Hinds - Detroit Free Press) “Lewis simply tells the truth.” (Will Deener - Dallas News) “Michael Lewis has another hit on his hands.” (Zachary Warmbrodt and Dave Clarke - Politico) “[Lewis’s] ability to find compelling characters and tell a great story through their eyes is unparalleled. He can untangle complex subjects like few others. His prose sparkles.” (Joe Nocera - New York Times) “Fascinating.” (Steven Pearlstein - The Washington Post) “Lewis, as always, is exceedingly good at describing the complexities and absurdities of the subculture he portrays here… A deeply entertaining book, and one that illuminates how much our world has changed in less than a decade.” (Hector Tobar - Los Angeles Times) “As always, Lewis simplifies the complex—and makes it fascinating.” (People) “Recommended… Entertaining.” (San Francisco Chronicle) “Entirely engaging… Illuminates a part of Wall Street that has generally done business in the shadows.” (New York Review of Books)
Author: David Simon
Publisher: Holt Paperbacks
Release Date: 2007-04-01
Genre: True Crime
From the creator of HBO's The Wire, the classic book about homicide investigation that became the basis for the hit television show The scene is Baltimore. Twice every three days another citizen is shot, stabbed, or bludgeoned to death. At the center of this hurricane of crime is the city's homicide unit, a small brotherhood of hard men who fight for whatever justice is possible in a deadly world. David Simon was the first reporter ever to gain unlimited access to a homicide unit, and this electrifying book tells the true story of a year on the violent streets of an American city. The narrative follows Donald Worden, a veteran investigator; Harry Edgerton, a black detective in a mostly white unit; and Tom Pellegrini, an earnest rookie who takes on the year's most difficult case, the brutal rape and murder of an eleven-year-old girl. Originally published fifteen years ago, Homicide became the basis for the acclaimed television show of the same name. This new edition—which includes a new introduction, an afterword, and photographs—revives this classic, riveting tale about the men who work on the dark side of the American experience.
Author: David Hewson
Publisher: Pan Macmillan
Release Date: 2014-02-13
Detective Inspector for homicide, Sarah Lund, is contacted by old flame Mathias Borch from National Intelligence. Borch fears that what first appeared to be a random killing at the docks is the beginning of an assassination attempt on Prime Minister Troels Hartmann. The murder draws attention towards the shipping and oil giant, Zeeland, run by billionaire Robert Zeuthen. When Zeuthen's 9-year-old daughter, Emilie, is kidnapped the investigation takes on a different dimension as it soon becomes clear that her disappearance is linked to the murder of a young girl in Jutland some years earlier. Hartmann is in the middle of an election campaign, made all the more turbulent because of the mounting financial crisis. He needs Zeeland's backing. Lund needs to make sense of the clues left by Emilie's perpetrator before it's too late. And can she finally face the demons that have long haunted her? Praise for David Hewson 'Turns TV gold into literary gold' Daily Telegraph
Author: Joel Simon
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Release Date: 2014-11-11
Genre: Language Arts & Disciplines
Journalists are being imprisoned and killed in record numbers. Online surveillance is annihilating privacy, and the Internet can be brought under government control at any time. Joel Simon, the executive director of the Committee to Protect Journalists, warns that we can no longer assume that our global information ecosystem is stable, protected, and robust. Journalists are increasingly vulnerable to attack by authoritarian governments, militants, criminals, and terrorists, who all seek to use technology, political pressure, and violence to set the global information agenda. Reporting from Pakistan, Russia, Turkey, Egypt, and Mexico, among other hotspots, Simon finds journalists under threat from all sides. The result is a growing crisis in information—a shortage of the news we need to make sense of our globalized world and fight human rights abuses, manage conflict, and promote accountability. Drawing on his experience defending journalists on the front lines, he calls on "global citizens," U.S. policy makers, international law advocates, and human rights groups to create a global freedom-of-expression agenda tied to trade, climate, and other major negotiations. He proposes ten key priorities, including combating the murder of journalists, ending censorship, and developing a global free-expression charter to challenge the criminal and corrupt forces that seek to manipulate the world's news.
Author: Ryan Holiday
Release Date: 2013
Genre: Business & Economics
An influential media strategist reveals how blogs are controlling the news in the digital age and exposes the ways in which today's marketers are manufacturing news stories, affecting stock prices and shaping elections through fake story planting and misleading marketing tactics. 20,000 first printing.
In 2009, BlackBerry controlled half of the smartphone market. Today that number is one percent. What went so wrong? Losing the Signal is a riveting story of a company that toppled global giants before succumbing to the ruthlessly competitive forces of Silicon Valley. This is not a conventional tale of modern business failure by fraud and greed. The rise and fall of BlackBerry reveals the dangerous speed at which innovators race along the information superhighway. With unprecedented access to key players, senior executives, directors and competitors, Losing the Signal unveils the remarkable rise of a company that started above a bagel store in Ontario. At the heart of the story is an unlikely partnership between a visionary engineer, Mike Lazaridis, and an abrasive Harvard Business school grad, Jim Balsillie. Together, they engineered a pioneering pocket email device that became the tool of choice for presidents and CEOs. The partnership enjoyed only a brief moment on top of the world, however. At the very moment BlackBerry was ranked the world's fastest growing company internal feuds and chaotic growth crippled the company as it faced its gravest test: Apple and Google's entry in to mobile phones. Expertly told by acclaimed journalists, Jacquie McNish and Sean Silcoff, this is an entertaining, whirlwind narrative that goes behind the scenes to reveal one of the most compelling business stories of the new century.