Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Philosophy: Fear and Trembling in Sunnydale (Popular Culture and Philosophy, Vol. 4)

By James B. South, William Irwin

Twenty-three essays via younger specialist philosophers learn the most important moral and metaphysical points of the Buffyverse (the global of Buffy). even though the exhibit already attracted a lot scholarly recognition, this is often the 1st e-book to totally disinter the highbrow matters. Designed via Whedon as a multilevel tale with so much of its meanings deeply buried in tons of heavy irony, Buffy the Vampire Slayer has changed The X-Files because the convey that explains to americans the character of the robust forces of evil regularly threatening to surge into our international of daily decency and weigh down it. within the culture of the vintage horror motion pictures Buffy the Vampire Slayer addresses moral matters that experience lengthy involved audiences. This booklet attracts out the moral and metaphysical classes from a pop-culture phenomenon.

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The Beatles Encyclopedia: Everything Fab Four

This condensed paperback encyclopedia records the iconic cultural influence and musical legacy of the Beatles, supplying readers with a one-stop source to the Fab Four's compelling tale and breadth of achievements.

• presents an easy-to-use, single-volume condensed model of the hardcover variation of Greenwood's The Beatles Encyclopedia: every thing Fab Four

• offers expansive, specific information regarding the Beatles' lives and their iconic song that secured their position in history

• Analyzes the Beatles' physique of labor, together with collective efforts and solo releases, and identifies the numerous humans, areas, and occasions that impacted their work

• contains a chosen bibliography of print and digital assets which are obtainable and invaluable to scholars and normal readers alike

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Jurassic Park and Philosophy: The Truth Is Terrifying (Popular Culture and Philosophy)

By Nicolas Michaud, Jessica Watkins

Twenty-one philosophers examine the results of the Jurassic Park franchise for our lives, our values, and our destiny. people dwell and thrive by way of editing nature, but if do the dangers of adjusting nature outweigh the most likely advantages? If it’s actual that “Life will discover a way,” may still we view any converted or newly reconstituted lifestyles as a danger? the hot clinical details shall we achieve by means of bringing again T. Rex or different dinosaurs is massive, yet may still we elect to permit dozing dinosaurs lie? And if we do carry them again by means of reconstituting them from old DNA, are they honestly what they have been, or is anything lacking? How do the various forces — human interest, profitability, and philanthropy — engage to figure out what really occurs in such instances? What ethical criteria can be utilized to people who attempt to convey again misplaced worlds? the belief of bringing again the lifeless and the robust isn't really constrained to organic species. It additionally applies to bringing again previous gods, outdated philosophies, previous associations, and previous myths. If revived and once more set free to stroll the Earth, those too may well turn into extra harmful than we bargained for.

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Spectacular Speculation: Thrills, the Economy, and Popular Discourse

By Urs Steaheli

Remarkable hypothesis is a heritage and sociological research of the semantics of hypothesis from 1870 to 1930, while hypothesis started to imagine huge, immense value in pop culture. trained by means of the paintings of Luhmann, Foucault, Simmel and Deleuze, it appears to be like at how hypothesis was once translated into renowned wisdom and charts the discursive struggles of creating hypothesis a valid financial perform. Noting that the vocabulary on hand to debate the concept that used to be no longer accurately monetary, the publication unearths the bottom of placing it into phrases. Speculation's good fortune depended upon non-economic language and morally questionable thrills: a proximity to the wasteful perform of playing or different "degenerate" behaviors, the adventure of monetary markets as seductive, or uncontrolled. American discourses of hypothesis take heart level, and the booklet covers an strange diversity of fabric, together with inventory alternate guidebooks, ticker tape, ethical treatises, performs, ads, and newspapers.

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The Beauty Myth: How Images of Beauty Are Used Against Women

By Naomi Wolf

The bestselling vintage that redefined our view od the connection among good looks and feminine identity.

In cutting-edge international, ladies have extra energy, felony acceptance, good fortune than ever prior to. along the obvious development of the women's move, although, author and journalist Naomi Wolf is by way of a unique type of social regulate, which, she argues, may well turn out simply as restrictive because the conventional picture of homemaker and spouse. it is the good looks delusion, an obsession with actual perfection that traps the fashionable lady in an unending spiral of desire, self-consciousness, and self-hatred as she attempts to satisfy society's very unlikely definition of "the faultless beauty."

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The Avengers and Philosophy: Earth's Mightiest Thinkers

By Mark D. White

An enticing examine the philosophical underpinnings of Earth's Mightiest Heroes

Avengers gather! Tackling fascinating dilemmas and concerns that no unmarried nice thinker can stand up to, this robust ebook enlists the brainpower of an A-list workforce of history's such a lot admired thinkers to discover the subjects at the back of the motion of wonder Comics' all-star superhero team.

  • Arms you with new insights into the characters and subject matters of The Avengers
  • Deepens your appreciation either one of The Avengers comics and the Joss Whedon motion picture adaptation
  • Answers the philosophical questions you've gotten continuously had approximately Earth's Mightiest Heroes, together with: Can a reformed felony turn into a superhero? Can an android love a human? If a hero beats his spouse, is he nonetheless a hero?
  • Helps you think that another way concerning the participants of the superhero team—Captain the USA, Iron guy, Thor, and the others

This thought-provoking publication may also help you realize this band of superheroes greater, even if you could have the Avengers for years or are a Joss Whedon fan simply gaining knowledge of them.

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White: Essays on Race and Culture

By Richard Dyer

White individuals are no longer actually or symbolically white; nor are they uniquely virtuous and natural. Racial imagery and racial illustration are vital to the supplier of the modern global yet, whereas there are various reviews of pictures of black and Asian humans, whiteness is an invisible racial place. on the point of racial illustration, whites should not of a undeniable race. they're simply the human race, a 'colour' opposed to which different ethnicities are constantly examined.
In White, Richard Dyer seems past the obvious unremarkability of whiteness and argues for the significance of analysing photographs of white humans. Dyer strains the illustration of whiteness by way of whites in Western visible tradition, targeting the mass media of images, advertisements, high-quality artwork, cinema and television.
Dyer examines the illustration of whiteness and the white physique within the contexts of Christianity, 'race' and colonialism. In a sequence of soaking up case experiences, he discusses the representations of whiteness in muscle-man motion cinema, from Italian 'peplum' video clips to the Tarzan and Rambo sequence; indicates the development of whiteness in images and cinema within the lighting fixtures of white and black faces, and analyses the illustration of white ladies in end-of-empire fictions resembling The Jewel within the Crown, and strains the traumatic organization of whiteness with dying, in vampire narratives and dystopian motion pictures comparable to Blade Runner and the Aliens trilogy.

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How to Do Things with Videogames (Electronic Mediations)

By Ian Bogost

In contemporary years, machine video games have moved from the margins of pop culture to its heart. stories of latest video games and profiles of online game designers now usually seem within the New York Times and the New Yorker, and revenues figures for video games are pronounced along these of books, song, and flicks. they're more and more used for reasons except leisure, but debates approximately videogames nonetheless fork alongside one in all paths: accusations of debasement via violence and isolation or shielding paeans to their capability as critical cultural works. In How to Do issues with Videogames, Ian Bogost contends that such generalizations imprecise the unlimited percentages provided by means of the medium’s skill to create advanced simulated realities.

Bogost, a number one student of videogames and an award-winning online game clothier, explores the numerous methods laptop video games are used this present day: documenting very important ancient and cultural occasions; teaching either young children and adults; selling advertisement items; and serving as systems for artwork, pornography, workout, leisure, pranks, and politics. reading those functions in a chain of brief, inviting, and provocative essays, he argues that jointly they make the medium broader, richer, and extra appropriate to a much wider audience.

Bogost concludes that as videogames turn into ever extra enmeshed with modern lifestyles, the belief of players as social identities turns into out of date, giving upward push to gaming by means of the loads. yet till video games are understood to have legitimate purposes around the cultural spectrum, their real capability will stay unrealized. How to Do issues with Videogames bargains a clean start line to extra absolutely reflect on video games’ development at the present time and promise for the future.

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The Wire: Urban Decay and American Television

By C. W. Marshall

The first selection of severe essays on HBO's The twine - the main great and socially suitable tv sequence in years

The Wire is set survival, concerning the concepts followed by means of these dwelling and dealing within the internal towns of the United States. It provides an international the place for plenty of even wish is not an choice, the place lifestyles operates as day by day life with no schooling, with out activity defense, and with out social buildings. it is a international that's purely gray, an exacting post-mortem of an aspect of yank existence that hasn't ever obvious the interior of a Starbucks.

Over its 5 season, sixty-episode run (2002-2008), The Wire offered a number of overlapping narrative threads, prepared within the urban of Baltimore. The sequence regularly deconstructed the normal narratives of legislations, order, and disease, providing a view of the USA that hasn't ever sooner than been admitted to the general public discourse of the televisual. It was once bleak and every now and then excruciating. even if the convey made metatextual connection with its personal international as Dickensian, it was once too light by means of half.

By concentrating on 4 major themes (Crime, legislations Enforcement, the United States, and Television), The Wire: city Decay and American Television examines the sequence' position inside of pop culture and its illustration of the realities of internal urban lifestyles, social associations, and politics in modern American society. it is a fantastic selection of essays on a exhibit that has taken the paintings of tv drama to new heights.

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Explorations in the Sociology of Consumption: Fast Food, Credit Cards and Casinos

By George Ritzer

In this booklet, one of many top social theorists and cultural commentators of contemporary instances, turns his gaze on intake. George Ritzer, writer of the recognized McDonaldization Thesis, demonstrates the irrational results of the rational wish to eat and commodify. He examines how McDonaldization might be resisted, and situates the reader within the new cultural areas which are rising in society: purchasing shops, on line casino resorts, Disneyfied topic parks and Las Vegas -- the recent `cathedrals of intake' as he calls them. The booklet indicates how new approaches of intake relate to globalization idea. In illuminating discussions of the paintings of Thorstein Veblen and the French situationists, Ritzer finds the roots of difficulties of intake in older sociological traditions. He shows how transgression is sure up with intake, via an research of the obscene in well known and postmodern tradition.







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