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Get Smashed. The Story of the Men Who Made the Adverts that Changed Our Lives
Between the 1960s and the 1980s some of the most influential men in the country spent most of the day in the pub and got paid more than the Prime Minister. They were responsible for transforming a lifeless advertising industry into something exciting and extravagant--they came up with the idea of selling lifestyles. Get Smashed is their story, a story of ambition, obsession and excess which illustrates how the ads that began reflecting British culture came to define it. Softcover, 214 pp. $34.95.
Dictionary of Media Studies
Nicholas Abercrombie & Brian Longhurst
This invaluable new dictionary will provide students of the subject not only with a succinct overview, but also with useful explanations of the many concepts and theories involved. It includes biographies of key figures and discussion of different media, from film and television to music, the internet and journalism. Softcover, 383 pp. $20.00.
The Flight of the Creative Class
The creative class - skilled individuals ranging from money managers to makeup artists, software programmers to steadicam operators. These workers are in constant demand around the world. Florida argues that this demand means that the United States is truly in danger of losing its status as the world's greatest talent magnet. The Flight of the Creative Class explores this global competition to attract these skilled workers and shows how several key events have put the US at a substantial disadvantage just as smaller countries are doing everything in their power to attract these workers. Florida outlines the causes and potentially disastrous effects of this growing migration, and discusses ways in which the US can make itself more attractive to creative workers - ways that other countries may discover first. Softcover, 326 pp. $19.95.
The Myth of Media Violence: A Critical Introduction
Written in an accessible style, The Myth of Media Violence explains the need for media violence, and why, despite decades of activism against them, violent media outlets continue to grow and develop at a rapid pace. Engaging examples are drawn from a range of media, including disaster and horror movies, science fiction, film tie-in toys, crime shows, MTV, news sports, and children's television programming, books, and video games. The book also investigates the forces encouraging social anxieties, why violence in media exists at all, and how society can deal with it. Softcover, 139 pp. $29.95.
Cinema: Gnostic Vision in Film
Eric G. Wilson
Recent commercial Gnostic films are meditations on the conundrums of the post-modern
age and the timeless soul. Eric Wilson's Secret Cinema establishes
the theoretical foundations and implications of the genre of Gnostic cinema.
The book discusses the functions of genre, the relationships between cinema and
psychology, the connections between the moving image and sacred power, the role
of the cinematographic apparatus, and the romance of film. It is attuned to material
attractions of the movies, those gorgeous lights and lurid shadows, but also
the film's spiritual invitations, the gaps between the pictures, the empty spaces
at the heart of life. Softcover, 174 pp. $24.95.
Typecasting: On the Arts and Sciences of Human Inequality
Elizabeth Ewen & Stuart Ewen
In this monumental work of popular history, Ewen & Ewen vividly expose
the pivotal developments that have made stereotypes a persistent,
common language. Moving across centuries and continents, their
extraordinary journey uncovers the incubation of modern stereotypes
in the halls of science and aesthetics and traces their materialization
in the popular imagination. Their detective work in museum archives,
popular magazines, and film alike, uncovers how stereotype has
served as the groundwork of power in the modern world. Hardcover,
555 pp. $34.95.
Understanding Representation has been co-authored by experienced Media and Film
Studies tutors, offering fresh and innovative ways of talking about the key concept
of representation. The choice of texts reflects both an attempt to push the boundaries
of the study of representation with new research, but also to make it accessible
and stimulating for students coming to this area for the first time. Case studies
reflect contemporary concerns in the media, often from different perspectives.
Softcover, 220 pp. $29.95.
Alternative and Activist Media
This study of alternative and activist media provides an introduction
to alternative media theories, audiences and practices. It brings
diverse voices and concepts from outside the commercial media world
enriching and challenging mass media. Illustrated with historical
and current examples, from both a UK and international perspective,
it also includes
carefully constructed exercises and discussion topics based on case
studies and available tests.
Softcover, 149 pp. $28.95.
Everyday eBay: Culture, Collecting, and Desire
Ken Hillis, Michael Petit & Nathan Scott Epley
Everyday eBay is the first scholarly analysis of eBay that examines how
the site has become a global, social, cultural, and economic phenomenon.
The interdisciplinary essays in this volume approach eBay from a wide
variety of perspectives, revealing how the auction site has become a
bellwether of taste and material culture, a research tool, a nexus for
ubiquitous practice of selling and buying goods online, and a facilitator
of global consumerism. Softcover, 313 pp. $31.95.
From Princess Diana's funeral to the prospect of mass terror, from oral
sex in the Oval Office to cowboy politics in distant lands, from
high school cliques to marital therapy, from hip-hop nation to climbing
from blogs to reality TV to the Weather Channel, Mediated is a sophisticated
and satirical tour of every department of our media-saturated society.
Softcover, 291 pp. $18.95.
Computer Games: Text, Narrative, and Play
This book provides a systematic, comprehensive introduction to the analysis
of computer and video games. It introduces key concepts and approaches
drawn from literary, film, games and media theory in an accessible and
concrete manner; and it tests their use and relevance by applying them
to a small
but representative selection of Role Playing and action adventure games.
It combines methods of textual analysis and audience research, showing
the combination of such methods can give a more complete picture of these
playable texts and the fan culture they generate. Clearly written and
engaging, it will be a key text for students in the field and for all
those with an
interest in taking games seriously. Softcover, 210 pp. $34.95.
On Michael Jackson
Michael Jackson was once universally acclaimed as a song-and-dance man
of genius; Wacko Jacko is now, more often than not, dismissed for
his bizarre race and gender transformations and confounding antics.
In On Michael Jackson -- an at once passionate, incisive, and bracing work of cultural
analysis -- Pulitzer Prize-winning critic for The New York Times Margo Jefferson
brilliantly unravels the complexities of one of the most enigmatic
figures of our time.
Softcover, 146 pp. $27.00.
Media and Cultural Theory
James Curran & David Morley
Media & Cultural Theory brings together leading international scholars
to address key issues and debates within media and cultural studies
including: media representation on the new woman in contemporary
society, the creation
of self in lifestyle media, the nature of cultural globalisation,
and the rise of digital actors and media. These subjects, and more,
through the use of contemporary media and film texts, as well as
case studies of the US and UK after 9/11.
Softcover, 308 pp. $39.95.
News Around the World
Pamela J. Shoemaker & Akiba A. Cohen
What's news? A front-page news story in the United States might not appear
in a newspaper in China. Or a minor story on German television may
be all over the airwaves in India. Nevertheless News Around the World
the underlying nature of news is much the same the world over and
that people -- no matter what their jobs or their status in society
to hold similar notions of newsworthiness. This richly detailed study
of the news, news makers and the audience, offers a global perspective,
profiles of ten different countries: Australia, Chile, China, Germany,
India, Israel, Jordan, Russia, South America, and the United States.
Softcover, 409 pp. $39.95.
Metaphysical Media: The Occult Experience in Popular Culture
Emily D. Edwards
Metaphysical Media focuses on the blurred definitions of topics associated
with the occult as they are presented in popular culture to show
moving-image media as devices that help structure an understanding
of the supernatural
world. Emily D. Edwards examines what media treatment of supernatural
subjects and the very characteristics of the media themselves reveal
about the persistence
of the occult. She maintains that popular art has always had a close
association with the paranormal or supernatural -- sometimes in illustration
ideology, sometimes in ridicule of it, and sometimes as invocation itself.
Softcover, 248 pp. $43.95.
Messages is a search for the orgins of media forms, from print and stage
through photography to film and broadcasting. With a wealth of illuminating
anecdotes and quotations, Brian Winston clearly and forcefully argues,
in accessible jargon-free language, the case for the media's central
importance as an essential engine underpinning all human rights and
driving the Western
concept of the individual.
Softcover, 430 pp. $35.95.
Race Against Time
"I have spent the last four years watching people die." With
these wrenching words, diplomat and humanitarian Stephen Lewis opens
his 2005 Massey Lectures. Lewis's determination to bear witness to
plight of so many in Africa and elsewhere is balanced by his unique,
personal, and often searing insider's perspective on our ongoing
failure to help.
Lewis recounts how, in 2000, the United Nations Millenium Summit
in New York introduced eight Millenium Development Goals, which focused
issues such as education, health, and cutting poverty in half by
2015. In audacious prose, alive with anecdotes ranging from maddening
and heartbreaking, Lewis shows why and how the international community
is falling desperately short of these goals. In Race Against Time,
Stephen Lewis probes the appalling gap between vision and current
he also offers bracingly attainable solutions to help us avoid what
will otherwise be a terrible stain on the record of human achievement
Softcover, 198 pp. $18.95.
From Lowbrow to Nobrow
From Lowbrow to Nobrow demolishes the argument that popular culture is
the underside of civilization. In this innovative book, Peter Swirski
goes beyond arguing that "high-brow" has been transformed to "low-brow":
he demonstrates that nobrow art is the interactive factor between popular
art and highbrow art. Swirski begins with a series of groundbreaking
questions about the nature of popular fiction. He then examines the
aesthetics of "artertainment" in
three "nobrow" novels, and sheds new light on the relationship
between popular forms and highbrow aesthetics. Softcover, 224 pp. $22.95.
Class-Passing: Social Mobility in Film and Popular Culture
Gwendolyn Audrey Foster
Oprah Winfrey, Donald Trump, Roseanne Barr, and Britney Spears all typify
class-passers -- those who claim different socioeconomic classes
as their own. According to new rules of social standing in American
class is no longer defined by wealth, birth, or education. This fascinating
book draws on dozens of examples from pop culture, from old movie
classics and contemporary films, to print ads and cyberspace, to
Softcover, 137 pp. $43.95.
Media/Theory: Thinking About Media and Communications
Media/Theory is an accessible yet challenging guide to ways of thinking
about media and communications in modern life. Shaun Moore connects the
analysis of media and communications with key themes in contemporary
social theory -- Time, Space, Relationships, Meanings, and Experiences.
on ideas from a range of disciplines in the humanities and social sciences,
Media/Theory makes a distinctive contribution towards rethinking the
shape and direction of media studies today. Softcover, 212 pp. $35.95.
American Sweethearts: Teenage Girls in Twentieth-Century Popular Culture
Teenage girls seem to have been discovered by American pop culture in the
1930s. From that time until the present day, they have appeared in books
and films, comics and television, as the embodied fantasies and nightmares
of youth, women, and sexual maturation. Looking at such figures as Nancy
Drew, Judy Graves, Corliss Archer, Gidget, Buffy, and Britney Spears,
American Sweethearts shows how popular culture has shaped our view of
girl as an individual who is simultaneously sexualized and infantilized.
Softcover, 264 pp. $30.95.
Slam Dunks and No-Brainers
With dazzling wit and acuity, three-time Pulitzer Prize finalist
Leslie Savan dissects contemporary language to discover what our most popular
idioms reveal about America today. Whether it's George Tenet convincing
George W. Bush that finding WMD in Iraq would be a "slam dunk" or
Microsoft telling you that its latest software is a "no-brainer," this
bright, snappy language affects us all -- up close and personal.
This marvelously original and informative book about the ever-changing
will provide surprising insights into the way we talk. Hardcover,
340 pp. $33.95.
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