Convergence: the best place to start is with Convergence Culture by Henry Jenkins.
Ecology of “bad ideas” was coined by Gregory Bateson (see Steps to an Ecology of Mind)
Empathic Civilization is a book by Jeremy Rifkin which proposes the idea that media can lead to greater empathy.
Energy and the Internet: check out “Does cloud computing have a silver lining?” by Sean Cubitt, Robert Hassan and Ingrid Volkmer for a great overview of how the Internet consumes power. I also recommend Greening the Media.
Energy systems: this discussion was inspired by Jeremy Rifkin’s The Third Industrial Revolution.
Information ecology come from the book, Information Ecologies.
Neoliberalism: they key book to get a really good overview is David Harvey’s A Brief History of Neoliberalism.
Networked power: read Multitude: War and Democracy in the Age of Empire by Antonio Negri and Michael Hardt.
Propaganda model was formulated by Noam Chomsky and Edward S. Herman. You can read more about it here.