1. Visual Communication on the Web by xtine burrough (Author), Paul Martin Lester (Author)
Most web design books developed for the trade market are a series of exercises without a theoretical, aesthetic, or historic framework. In this book, Visual Communication on the Web, web design exercises are accompanied by concise introductions that relate history, design principles, and visual communication theories to the practice of designing for the web.
Specifically, Visual Communication on the Web teaches the reader to develop one dynamic web page over the course of 14 chapters. Exercises build upon each other so the reader creates and revises the work while learning new code or tools. Predictable mistakes are purposely included so that readers learn how to ‘fix’ the project while working on it—a much-needed skill for anyone interested in coding. By the end of this course-in-a-book, readers will have created a web page with a centered container div, a Lightbox image gallery, and an external style sheet using HTML, CSS, and copy-pasted and modified code.
With its easy to follow instruction and witty introductions, Visual Communication on the Web makes an excellent companion to xtine burrough’s Digital Foundations and Net Works as well as Paul Martin Lester’s Visual Communication: Images with Messages.
2. Cybercrime and Society 2nd Edition by Majid Yar – University of Hull
Cybercrime is a complex and ever-changing phenomenon. This book offers a clear and engaging introduction to this fascinating subject by situating it in the wider context of social, political, cultural and economic change. Taking into account recent developments in social networking and mobile communications, this new edition tackles a range of themes spanning criminology, sociology, law, politics and cultural studies, including:
- computer hacking
- piracy and intellectual property theft
- financial fraud and identity theft
- hate speech
- internet pornography
- online stalking
- policing the internet
- surveillance and censorship
Complete with useful recommendations for further reading, incisive discussion questions and an updated glossary of key terms, Cybercrime and Society is an essential resource for all students and academics interested in cybercrime and the future of the Internet.
3. Rethinking autism : Variation and Complexity by Lynn Waterhouse 2013
The media, scientific researchers, and the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual all refer to “autism” as if it were a single disorder or a single disorder over a spectrum. However, autism is unlike any single disorder in a variety of ways. No single brain deficit is found to cause it, no single drug is found to affect it, and no single cause or cure has been found despite tremendous research efforts to find same. Rethinking Autism reviews the scientific research on causes, symptomology, course, and treatment done to date…and draws the potentially shocking conclusion that “autism” does not exist as a single disorder. The conglomeration of symptoms exists, but like fever, those symptoms aren’t a disease in themselves, but rather a result of some other cause(s). Only by ceasing to think of autism as a single disorder can we ever advance research to more accurately parse why these symptoms occur and what the different and varied causes may be.
- Autism is a massive worldwide problem with increasing prevalence rates, now thought to be as high as 1 in 38 children (Korea) and 1 in 100 children (CDC- US)
- Autism is the 3rd most common developmental disability; 400,000 people in the United States alone have autism
- Autism affects the entire brain, including communication, social behavior, and reasoning and is lifelong
- There is no known cause and no cure
- Funding for autism research quadrupled from 1995 to 2000 up to $45 million, and the Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee has recommended $1 billion funding from 2010-2015