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:
(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.
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.