Search Results: "Skyreader Media"


BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 1994

"But this book will convince many that the counterculture is alive and well—and more widely dispersed than ever. (Author tour)"
An inspired look at how ideas are disseminated by the media and at how new concepts can be injected into the mainstream, altering views about critical social issues. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: April 1, 1993

"A cautionary, wide-ranging critique that's both entertaining and informative. (For another inside-look at the decline of the American newspaper, see James D. Squires's Read All About It!, published in February)"
A gossipy, ad rem diagnosis of what ails US newspapers. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ROBO BUDDY by Skyreader Media
developed by Skyreader Media, by Jayn Arnold, illustrated by Jim Steck
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 23, 2011

"Given the artistry of its interactive elements and the overall design, its shortcomings make it an even bigger disappointment than less-ambitious efforts. (iPad storybook app. 4-6)"
A lot of design creativity is wasted on a sub-sitcom-level story that never reaches for the stars, despite its Jetsons-meets-Marvel Comics approach. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MARS COLONY by Robert Cutting
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 6, 2011

A spare assortment of sound effects and animations do little to improve a sketchy 2006 tale of alien contact. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

COYOTE'S TALE by Ruby Lee
by Ruby Lee, illustrated by Robin Joseph, developed by Skyreader Media
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 23, 2011

"A good-humored version of a traditional tale, sans source note but rounded off with a parent-pleasing page of discussion questions. (iPad folktale app. 6-8)"
A select set of quiet yips, howls and giggles, plus the occasional blink or twitch of a nose, add fetching notes to an abbreviated trickster tale with Latin American antecedents. Read full book review >

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MEDIA MARATHON by Erik Barnouw
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 1, 1996

"If Barnouw's book misses an overall theme or meditation, it is saved by his deep knowledge and intimate, jargon-free style. (30 b&w photos, not seen)"
A compact companion to his monumental History of Broadcasting in the United States (not reviewed, etc.), Barnouw's spry and episodic selection of personal experiences covers a multimedia career ranging from musical revues and radio shows to TV and books. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Released: May 20, 1964

"The printed word, however, is a cold medium, and this book requires concentrated reader application for reward."
The Director of the Center for the Study of the Extensions of Man at the University of Toronto, Marshall MoLuhan here investigates the psychic and social consequences of technological media on man and his societies. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 2, 1991

"Prickly analysis, peppered with the remains of neatly dissected cultural icons."
Having previously taken aim at, among other topics, American foreign policy (The Sword and the Dollar, 1988) and media propaganda techniques (Inventing Reality, 1986), veteran progressive critic Parenti now delivers a swift kick to the assumption that American mass entertainment, although vapid, remains basically harmless. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 15, 2013

"May serve as a useful handbook for digital media strategists and marketers, but this dense tome will take a major effort for nonspecialists to fully understand."
A wide-ranging examination of the contemporary media environment as individuals increasingly control their own creation of content. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: March 7, 2002

"Diffuse."
Thousands and thousands of channels, but nothing on. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: March 1, 2003

"Nonetheless, a sobering reminder that TV long ago abandoned serious journalism and that watchdogs and skeptics are thin on the ground in all media—bad news for those who believe a vibrant, informative press is one of the bedrocks of democracy."
Journalist Alterman disproves with vigor the notion of news organizations' left-wing bias, only to leave the more important question hanging: why ignorance trumps ideology. Read full book review >