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on 17 June 2011
... I'm sorry but if I wanted to read someone's poorly written and obviously indulged PhD paper there are more than enough in an average university library... The only interesting thing about it is that as you read the piece individual works and phrases make sense and cohere but appear to have little relevance to what is said on either side of them... if you approach it as abstract poetry (the academic equivalent of the music of Adolf Wölfli) then it is a pleasant distraction... otherwise it just pretentious gibberish...
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on 14 October 2012
This book is a shame on several grounds:

(1) it fails to state what the book is about. The notion of 'sonic warfare' is only impressionistically sketched, without any attempt whatsoever to offer a scientific or even "philosophical" analysis of what the concept is supposed to mean.
(2) words are assembled without any structure and conceptual organisation. It is like it has been written using a post-modernist generator: [...]
(3) it is sad that a respectable University like Warwick gave to this guy a PhD in Philosophy (I'm basing my knowledge on wikipedia here:
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(4) Likewise, it is sad to apprehend that a mediocre dissertation has been published by the MIT Press.

This book has, however, a merit. It clearly shows the status of the research within media culture and the like. It may also serve the purpose of warning young researchers in this field against the easy way of doing research: namely, cheating by cutting and pasting thoughts from other authors and pretending that the resulting collage is a good piece of academic work.
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on 12 August 2010
I'm trying desperately hard to like this but failing. If you're expecting an explanation of crowd control or mood-altering frequency generation, well, it's in there somewhere, but buried beneath layers of semi-impenetrable high-brow academic language and politico posturing which dazzles at first but then quickly annoys. I found Richard Wiseman's work on infrasonics in Quirkology, and Mythbusters' investigation of the brown note, much more satisfying.
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on 2 February 2013
I found the book engrossing and enjoyed the story telling edge it has, great sense of dread and a great depth on knowledge.Good work Steve.
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on 9 February 2010
Bought this for my boyfriend for Christmas. It's really detailed and goes above and beyond it's station. Steve Goodman knows his stuff and explains it in such a way that what could become tedious and long winded is enthralling and en-capturing.
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