By John Leland
Hip: The History is the tale of the way American popular culture has advanced during the 20th century to its present place as international cultural touchstone. How did hip turn into such an obsession? From intercourse and tune to model and trade, John Leland tracks the arc of rules as they movement from subterranean Bohemia to Madison road and again back. Hip: The History examines how hip has assisted in shaping -- and maintains to steer -- America's view of itself, and gives an incisive account of hip's quest for authenticity.
This P.S. version positive aspects an additional sixteen pages of insights into the booklet, together with writer interviews, urged examining, and extra.
By James B. South, Jacob M. Held
James Bond and Philosophy: Questions Are Forever
“Bond. James Bond.” when you consider that Sean Connery first uttered that iconic word in Dr. No, a couple of area of the world’s inhabitants has visible a 007 movie. Witty and urbane, Bond seduces and kills with equivalent ease — usually, it sort of feels, with equivalent enthusiasm. This enthusiasm, coupled along with his freedom to do what's forbidden to every person else, inspires attention-grabbing philosophical questions. right here, 15 witty, thought-provoking essays speak about hidden concerns in Bond’s international, from his carnal pleasures to his license to kill. one of the full of life issues explored are Bond’s relation to existentialism, together with his commencement “beyond strong and evil”; his objectification of girls; the ambiguity of breaking the legislations with a view to finally uphold it like every “stupid policeman”; the character of 007 by way of Plato’s ethical psychology; and the Hegelian quest for reputation evinced via Bond villains. A reference advisor to the entire Bond videos rounds out the book’s many pleasures.
By Mark Dery
Cadillacs, Coca-Cola, and cocaine, presidents and psycho-
paths, Norman Rockwell and the maﬁa . . . the dream of
America without end unravels its codes, just like the helix of a few
J. G. Ballard, creation to Hello America
From the preface through SF legend Bruce Sterling:
"Dery...brandishes a Diogenes lantern because the the smoke thickens on each facet. ... Beset with Google erudition, [these essays] take on a dizzying set of topics--even in the essays, in the very sentences, there are dizzying arrays of issues. ... He's excellent at going into parts of tradition you wouldn't care to go to your self, and acting autopsies. He assesses every one bone and organ intimately. now not in a crowd-pleasing way--he doesn't prettify it, culture-industrialize it and construct a gift-shop on the door. Mark is sort of a Martian probe. he's high-tech. he's method available in the market, on his personal. He got here built with an onboard set of lenses and abrasion tools."
From the cultural critic Wired known as "provocative and cuttingly humorous" comes a viciously humorous, joltingly insightful choice of drive-by evaluations of up to date the USA the place chaos is the hot basic. Exploring the darkest corners of the nationwide psyche and the nethermost areas of the self--the gothic, the gruesome, and the carnivalesque--Mark Dery is sensible of the cultural dynamics of the yank madhouse early within the twenty-first century.
Here are essays at the pornographic fantasies of Star Trek fanatics, fb as Limbo of the misplaced, George W. Bush's worry of his internal queer, the theme-parking of the Holocaust, the homoerotic subtext of the tremendous Bowl, the hidden agendas of IQ exams, Santa's mystery kinship with devil, the sadism of dentists, Hitler's afterlife on YouTube, the sexual identification of 2001's HAL, the suicide word regarded as a literary style, the surrealist poetry of robotic unsolicited mail, the zombie apocalypse, woman Gaga, the Church of Euthanasia, toy weapons within the dream lives of yank boys, and the polymorphous perversity of Madonna's significant toe.
Dery casts a serious eye at the authorized order of items, boldly crossing into the highbrow no-fly zones demarcated via cultural warriors on each side of America's ideological divide: controversy-phobic company media, blinkered educational elites, and middlebrow tastemakers. Intellectually omnivorous and promiscuously interdisciplinary, Dery's writing is a generalist's accountable excitement in an age of nanospecialization and area of interest advertising. From Menckenesque polemics on American society and deft deconstructions of popular culture to unflinching own essays during which Dery turns his scalpel-sharp wit on himself, I must never imagine undesirable Thoughts is a head-spinning highbrow experience via American desires and American nightmares.
Note: retail caliber PDF; bookmarked, contains TOC.
By Nathan Rabin
In 2007, Nathan Rabin got down to supply a revisionist examine the historical past of cinematic failure on a weekly foundation. What started as a solitary ramble during the nooks and crannies of popular culture developed right into a lifestyle. My yr Of Flops collects dozens of the best-loved entries from the A.V. Club column in addition to bonus interviews and fifteen brand-new entries overlaying every thing from infamous flops like The Cable Guy and Last motion Hero to strange obscurities like Glory Road, Johnny Cash's poignantly selfmade tribute to Jesus. pushed through a different mix of sympathy and Schadenfreude, My 12 months Of Flops is an unforgettable tribute to cinematic losers, attractive and otherwise.
By Asha Kasbekar Richards
Popular culture India! Media, Arts, and way of life follows the increase of contemporary India's popular culture international, specifically because the Eighties, while cozy censorship and monetary liberalization ended in an explosion in video clips, song, mass media, consumerism, religious practices, and extra. it's a alluring advent to a various country whose urge for food for leisure has resulted in a few fantastic twists and turns in fresh history.
How did a well-liked Indian tv sequence spark a metamorphosis in govt and the increase of Hindu nationalism? Are a few Bollywood movie businesses laundering cash for prepared crime, or perhaps al Qaeda? What debts for the overpowering acclaim for that old fashioned vestige of colonialism, cricket? The solutions, and plenty of extra interesting insights, wait for the reader in popular culture India!
Author note: Mark A. Wrathall (Editor)
Publish yr note: First released in 2006
Is it attainable to be a devoted Christian and a rock famous person? Can political activists make sturdy tune? Do highly winning rock bands quite care approximately AIDS and poverty in Africa, or is it simply one other image-enhancing schtick? U2 and Philosophy ponders those and different seeming dichotomies within the occupation of the Irish supergroup. For over twenty years, U2 has been one of many greatest acts in rock song. They’ve produced over a dozen platinum and multiplatinum files and received 15 Grammy Awards. Critics all over have praised the band’s considerate, advanced lyrics and the artistry in their tune. while, Bono, the group’s lead singer, has devoted himself to political and social explanations, blurring the road among rock superstar and revered statesman. delivering clean perception into the band’s tune and activism, those thought-provoking essays permits fanatics to find philosophy during the eyes of U2, and rediscover U2 throughout the eyes of philosophers. Mark A. Wrathall
By Scott Schinder
More than part a century after the start of rock, the musical style that started as a rebellious underground phenomenon is now stated as America's-and the world's-most renowned and influential musical medium, in addition to the soundtrack to a number of generations' worthy of historical past. From Ray Charles to Joni Mitchell to Nirvana, rock song has been an indisputable strength in either reflecting and shaping our cultural panorama. Icons of Rock deals a bright evaluate of rock's pervasive position in modern society by means of profiling the lives and paintings of the music's such a lot mythical artists.
Most rock histories, by way of advantage in their all-encompassing scope, are not able to hide the lives and paintings of person artists intensive, or to put these artists in a broader context. This two-volume set, against this, presents huge biographies of the 24 maximum rock n' rollers of all time, reading their affects, strategies, and influence in a severe and old viewpoint. Entries within this designated reference discover the problems, developments, and pursuits that outlined the cultural and social weather of the artists' track. Sidebars highlight the numerous iconic parts linked to rock, reminiscent of rock gala's, protest songs, and the British Invasion. supplying a wealth of data at the icons, tradition, and mythology of America's such a lot loved song, this biographical encyclopedia will function a useful source for college kids and song fanatics alike.
By Jeffrey A. Brown
Dangerous Curves: motion Heroines, Gender, Fetishism, and renowned Culture addresses the conflicted meanings linked to the determine of the motion heroine as she has developed in numerous media types because the past due Nineteen Eighties. Jeffrey A. Brown discusses this immensely well known personality variety for instance of, and problem to, present theories approximately gender as a functionality id. Her assumption of heroic masculine features mixed along with her sexualized actual depiction demonstrates the ambiguous nature of conventional gender expectancies and shows a growing to be wisdom of extra competitive and violent roles for women.
The over the top sexual fetishism of motion heroines is a crucial topic all through. the subject is analyzed as an perception into the transgressive snapshot of the dominatrix, as a refection of the shift in well known feminism from second-wave politics to third-wave and post-feminist pleasures, and as a sort of patriarchal backlash that enables a masculine myth of controlling powerful girl characters. Brown translates the motion heroine as a illustration of adjusting gender dynamics that balances the sexual objectification of ladies with innovative versions of lady power. whereas the first concentration of this examine is the motion heroine as represented in Hollywood movie and tv, the publication additionally contains the motion heroine's emergence in modern renowned literature, comedian books, cartoons, and video games.
By Eduardo de la Fuente
In the 1st decade of the twentieth-century, many composers rejected the rules of tonality and ordinary beat. This signaled a dramatic problem to the rationalist and linear conceptions of tune that had existed within the West because the Renaissance. The ‘break with tonality’, Neo-Classicism, serialism, likelihood, minimalism and the go back of the ‘sacred’ in tune, are explored during this e-book for what they let us know concerning the situation of modernity. Modernity is the following handled as a posh social and cultural formation, during which mythology, narrative, and the need for ‘re-enchantment’ haven't thoroughly disappeared. via an research of Schoenberg, Stravinsky, Boulez and Cage, 'the writer indicates that the 20 th century composer usually followed a creative character such as Max Weber’s spiritual kinds of the prophet and priest, ascetic and mystic. 20th Century tune and the query of Modernity advances a cultural sociology of modernity and exhibits that 20th century musical tradition frequently concerned the adoption of ‘apocalyptic’ temporal narratives, a dedication to ‘musical revolution’, a wish to discover the boundaries of noise and sound, and, eventually, redemption during the rediscovery of tonality. This e-book is vital studying for these attracted to cultural sociology, sociological concept, song background, and modernity/modernism studies.
By Hilde S. Hein
EPUB eISBN: 9781588344106
Original ebook: 2000
Electronic booklet: 2014
During the earlier thirty years, museums of every kind have attempted to develop into extra aware of the pursuits of a various public. With exhibitions turning into people-centered, idea-oriented, and contextualized, the bounds among museums and the "real" global are eroding. atmosphere the transition from object-centered to story-centered exhibitions in a philosophical framework, Hilde S. Hein contends that glorifying the museum event on the cost of items deflects the museum's educative, moral, and aesthetic roles. pertaining to associations starting from paintings museums to subject matter parks, she indicates how deployment has changed accumulating as a target and discusses how museums now actively form and create values.
About the Author-
Hilde S. Hein is an affiliate professor emerita of philosophy on the collage of the Holy go and the writer of The Exploratorium: The Museum as Laboratory.