Pretend We're Dead: Capitalist Monsters in American Pop Culture

By Annalee Newitz

In Pretend We’re Dead, Annalee Newitz argues that the slimy zombies and gore-soaked murderers who've stormed via American movie and literature over the last century include the violent contradictions of capitalism. Ravaged by way of overwork, alienated by means of company conformity, and mutilated by means of the unfettered lust for revenue, fictional monsters act out the issues with an economic climate that turns out designed to devour humans whole.

Newitz appears at representations of serial killers, mad medical professionals, the undead, cyborgs, and unfortunates mutated through their involvement with the mass media undefined. even if contemplating the serial killer who turns homicide right into a type of hard work via mass generating useless our bodies, or the hack writers and bloodthirsty actresses trapped inside of Hollywood’s profit-mad storytelling computer, she finds that every creature has its personal story to inform approximately how a freewheeling marketplace financial system turns humans into monstrosities.

Newitz tracks the monsters spawned by means of capitalism via b videos, Hollywood blockbusters, pulp fiction, and American literary classics, their manifestations in works akin to Norman Mailer’s “true lifestyles novel” The Executioner’s Song; the quick tales of Isaac Asimov and H. P. Lovecraft; the cyberpunk novels of William Gibson and Marge Piercy; true-crime books concerning the serial killers Ted Bundy and Jeffrey Dahmer; and films together with Modern Times (1936), Donovan’s Brain (1953), Night of the dwelling Dead (1968), RoboCop (1987), The Silence of the Lambs (1991), and Artificial Intelligence: AI (2001). Newitz exhibits that as literature and movie inform it, the tale of yankee capitalism because the past due 19th century is a story of body-mangling, soul-crushing horror.

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Beyond Representational Correctness: Rethinking Criticism of Popular Media

By Edward Schiappa

Representational correctness describes an implicit set of norms, together with accuracy, purity, and innocence, that consultant a lot of well known media feedback. during this provocative booklet, Edward Schiappa argues that representational correctness is unproductive, adverse to viewers learn, and usually disconnected from appropriate social mental or mass verbal exchange theories. reading criticisms of such tv indicates as Will & Grace and Queer Eye for the directly man, Schiappa argues that the norms of representational correctness could cause critics to overlook the optimistic paintings such indicates practice in decreasing prejudice. He contends that too many critics concentrate on remoted scenes or interactions that perpetuate a stereotype with out contemplating the bigger paintings that movies and tv indicates can accomplish. Schiappa concludes that popular culture critics have to interact in additional viewers learn, draw from suitable learn in social psychology, compliment optimistic representations and programming, and advertise serious media literacy in either school room and public pedagogy.

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The Big Bang Theory and Philosophy: Rock, Paper, Scissors, Aristotle, Locke

A lighthearted meditation at the philosophical quandaries of the hit tv exhibit The giant Bang Theory

Ever ask yourself what Aristotle may say in regards to the existence Sheldon Cooper leads? Why Thomas Hobbes could applaud the roommate contract? Who Immanuel Kant could deal with with "haughty derision" for weaving "un-unravelable webs?" And—most importantly—whether Wil Wheaton is actually evil? after all you have got. Bazinga!

This e-book mines the deep contemplating a few of history's so much powerful philosophical minds to discover your so much urgent questions on The immense Bang Theory and its nerdy genius characters. chances are you'll locate different philosophy books on technological know-how and cosmology, yet basically this one refers to Darth Vader Force-chokes, cloning Leonard Nimoy, and oompa-loompa-like engineers. Fo-shizzle.

  • Gives you irresistibly geek-worthy insights in your favourite Big Bang Theory characters, tale strains, and ideas
  • Examines vital subject matters related to ethics and advantage, technology, semiotics, faith, and the human condition
  • Brings the deliberating many of the world's maximum philosophers to endure on The great Bang Theory, from Aristotle and Plato to Nietzsche, Wittgenstein, Simone de Beauvoir, and more

Essential examining for each Big Bang Theory fan, this publication explores no matter if comic-book-wielding geeks can lead the nice existence, and whether or not they can be aware of sufficient technological know-how to "tear the masks off nature and stare on the face of God."

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The Olympics and Philosophy (The Philosophy of Popular Culture)

By Michael W. Austin

It is related the champions of the traditional Olympic video games acquired a crown of olive leaves, symbolizing a divine blessing from Nike, the winged goddess of victory. whereas the mythology of the traditional video games has come to exemplify the top political, spiritual, group, and person beliefs of the time, the trendy Olympic video games, through comparability, are widely recognized as a global, bi-annual wearing occasion the place champions have the aptitude to earn not just glory for his or her nation, yet profitable endorsement bargains and the perks of globally status. The Olympics and Philosophy examines the Olympic circulate from numerous theoretical views to discover the relationship among athleticism and philosophy for a deeper appreciation of the Olympic Pillars of game, atmosphere, and Culture.

While brand new Olympic champions are neither blessed by means of the gods nor rewarded with wreaths of olive, the unique spirit and old beliefs of the Olympic move suffer in its sleek embodiment. Editors Heather L. Reid and Michael W. Austin have assembled a crew of overseas students to discover themes comparable to the idea that of excellence, ethics, doping, gender, and race. Interweaving historic and smooth Olympic traditions, The Olympics and Philosophy considers the philosophical implications of the video games' intersection with historic occasions and glossy controversy in a distinct research of culture and the way forward for the Olympiad.

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Our Superheroes, Ourselves

By Robin S. Rosenberg

Superhero fanatics are in every single place, from the teeming halls of comedian Con to suburban motion picture theaters, from teenagers captivated through their first comedian books to the die-hard creditors of classic memorabilia. Why are such a lot of humans eager about superheroes?

In this considerate, enticing, and now and then eye-opening quantity, Robin Rosenberg--a author and famous authority at the psychology of superheroes--offers readers a wealth of perception into superheroes, drawing at the contributions of a best workforce of psychologists and different students. The e-book levels largely and tackles many exciting questions. How do comedian characters and tales mirror human nature? Do tremendous powers on my own make a hero great? Are superhero tales stable for us? so much individuals solution that ultimate query within the affirmative. Psychologist Robert J. Sternberg, for example, argues that all of us can examine much from superheroes-and what we will study such a lot of all is the worth of knowledge and a moral stance towards lifestyles. nonetheless, restorative justice student Mikhail Lyubansky decries the truth that justice within the comic-book global is nearly solely punitive, noting severe examples equivalent to "Rorschach" within the Watchmen and the aptly named "The Punisher, who include a strict eye-for-an-eye experience of justice, brought immediately and with no mercy.

In the tip, the charm of Superman, Batman, Spiderman, and legions of others is easy and elemental. Superheroes supply drama, pleasure, suspense, and romance and their tales show off ethical dilemmas, villains we adore to hate, and protagonists who motivate us. probably as vital, their tales let us recapture classes of our formative years while our imaginations have been cranked as much as the maximum--when we actually believed lets fly, or knock down the undesirable man, or shop the town from disaster.

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American Pop: Popular Culture Decade by Decade, Volumes 1-4

By Bob Batchelor

Pop tradition is the guts and soul of the US, a unifying bridge throughout time bringing jointly generations of numerous backgrounds. even if the brilliant lighting fixtures of the Jazz Age within the Twenties, the sexual and the rock-n-roll revolution of the Nineteen Sixties, or the thriving social networking web content of this present day, every one interval in America's cultural historical past develops its personal specific tackle the features outline our lives.American Pop: pop culture Decade via Decade is the main finished reference on American pop culture by means of decade ever assembled, starting with the 1900s up via this present day. The four-volume set examines the interesting traits throughout many years and eras by means of laying off gentle at the reviews of american citizens old and young, wealthy and negative, besides the affects of arts, leisure, activities, and different cultural forces.

Whether a popular culture aficionado or a pupil new to the subject, American Pop presents readers with an attractive examine American tradition damaged down into discrete segments, in addition to research that provides perception into societal pursuits, traits, fads, and occasions that propelled the period and the country. In-depth chapters hint the evolution of popular culture in eleven key different types: Key occasions in American existence, ads, structure, Books, Newspapers, Magazines, and Comics, leisure, style, nutrients, song, activities and rest actions, trip, and visible Arts. assurance comprises: How Others See Us, Controversies and scandals, Social and cultural routine, traits and fads, Key icons, and lecture room assets. Designed to fulfill the excessive call for for assets that support scholars research American background and tradition through the last decade, this one-stop reference offers readers with a large and interdisciplinary evaluation of the varied features of pop culture in our nation. considerate exam of our wealthy and infrequently tumultuous well known background, illustrated with 1000's of historic and modern pictures, makes this the best resource to show to for prepared reference or research.

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Encyclopedia of Urban Legends, Volumes 1 & 2 (Updated and Expanded Edition)

By Jan Harold Brunvand

From roasted infants to vanishing hitchhikers to housewives in soccer helmets, this exhaustive and hugely readable encyclopedia presents descriptions of countless numbers of person legends and their diversifications, examines legend issues, and explains scholarly methods to the style. Revised and accelerated to incorporate up to date types of the entries from the award-winning first variation, this paintings offers extra entries on quite a lot of new issues that come with terrorism, contemporary political occasions, and storm Katrina.

Entries in Encyclopedia of city Legends, up to date and extended version speak about the presence of city legends in comedian books, literature, movie, track, and lots of different components of pop culture, in addition to the life of "too solid to be true" tales in Argentina, China, Italy, Japan, Mexico, and several international locations. Serving as either an anthology of news in addition to a reference paintings, this encyclopedia will function a important source for college students and a resource e-book for newshounds, expert folklorists, and others who're discovering or attracted to city legends.

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The Office and Philosophy: Scenes from the Unexamined Life (The Blackwell Philosophy and Pop Culture Series)

Simply in the event you idea paper could not be extra fascinating, this e-book comes your approach! This book--jammed jam-packed with paper--unites philosophy with the most effective indicates ever: The place of work. Addressing either the present American incarnation and the unique British model, The place of work and Philosophy brings those wonders of civilization jointly for a frolic during the mundane but interestingly edifying worlds of Scranton's Dunder-Mifflin and Slough's Wernham-Hogg.

Is Michael Scott in denial approximately loss of life? Are Pam and Jim ever going to determine issues out? Is David Brent an essentialist? unusually, The workplace can educate us concerning the brain, Aristotle, and humiliation. much more strangely, paper businesses can let us larger comprehend company ethics. do not believe it? Open this publication, and behold its attractive paper...

sign up for the philosophical fray as we discover the summary international of philosophy via concrete scenes of the unexamined existence within the workplace. you'll notice that Gareth Keenan is secretly an excellent truth seeker, that Dwight Schrute is best off deceiving himself, that David Brent is an instance of hyperreality, and that Michael Scott is hopelessly misplaced (but you most likely already knew that!).

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The Matrix and Philosophy: Welcome to the Desert of the Real (Popular Culture and Philosophy)

By William Irwin

The Matrix conveys the horror of a fake international made up of not anything yet perceptions. in response to the basis that fact is a dream managed through malevolent forces, it truly is some of the most brazenly philosophical videos ever to return out of Hollywood. those thought-provoking essays through an identical staff of younger philosophers who created The Simpsons and Philosophy talk about diversified features of the first philosophical puzzle of The Matrix: will we confirm the area is de facto there, and if now not, what should still we do approximately it? different chapters tackle problems with faith, way of life, popular culture, the Zeitgeist, the character of brain and subject, and the truth of fiction.

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The Secret History of Domesticity: Public, Private, and the Division of Knowledge (Director's Circle Book)

By Michael McKeon

Taking English tradition as its consultant pattern, The mystery historical past of Domesticity asks how the trendy idea of the public-private relation emerged within the 17th and eighteenth centuries. Treating that relation as a vital example of the fashionable department of information, Michael McKeon narrates its pre-history in addition to that of its crucial part, domesticity.

This narrative attracts upon the whole spectrum of English people's adventure. on the so much "public" severe are political advancements just like the formation of civil society over opposed to the country, the increase of contractual considering, and the devolution of absolutism from monarch to person topic. the center variety of expertise takes within the effect of Protestant and clinical idea, the broadcast booklet of the non-public, the conceptualization of digital publics―society, public opinion, the market―and the capitalization of creation, the decline of the family financial system, and the rise within the sexual department of work. the main "private" pole of expertise consists of the privatization of marriage, the family members, and the loved ones, and the complicated entanglement of femininity, interiority, subjectivity, and sexuality.

McKeon bills for a way the connection among private and non-private event first grew to become intelligible as a variable interplay of designated modes of being―not a static dichotomy, yet a device to imagine with. Richly illustrated with approximately a hundred photographs, together with work, engravings, woodcuts, and a consultant collection of architectural flooring plans for family interiors, this quantity reads photo kinds to stress how vulnerable the public-private relation was once to concrete and spatial illustration. McKeon is in a similar way aware of how literary varieties evoked a tangible feel of public-private relations―among them figurative imagery, allegorical narration, parody, the author-character-reader dialectic, aesthetic distance, and loose oblique discourse. He additionally reveals a structural analogue for the emergence of the trendy public-private relation within the conjunction of what contemporaries referred to as the "secret historical past" and the family novel.

A capacious and artificial old research, The mystery heritage of Domesticity exemplifies how the tools of literary interpretation and ancient research can tell and enhance each other.

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