Posts in category: Popular Culture
By Jason T. Eberl
This thought-provoking e-book examines the philosophical concerns bobbing up from the re-imagined Battlestar Galactica
tv sequence, revealing how the ragtag fleet's outward trip to Earth is additionally an inward exploration for the human survivors and their Cylon pursuers.
By Brian J. Robb
George Lucas used to be a insurgent, refusing to make motion pictures within the form of the demise studio method, relentlessly pushing the expertise of the day, and virtually by myself in realizing the potential for promoting; yet he was once a insurgent who outfitted an empire. From the astonishing unforeseen good fortune of the unique Star Wars in 1977, while cinema attendances surpassed 20 million for the 1st time on account that 1963, via The Empire moves Back and Return of the Jedi, then the 'dark times', the sixteen years resulting in the blockbusting prequel trilogy - this is often the interesting tale of the way all of it occurred. Life-long megastar Wars fan and film journalist Brian J. Robb edited the reputable Star Wars journal for a decade and visited the units of Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith in Australia (observing director George Lucas at work), in addition to the recognized Skywalker Ranch. He has interviewed some of the stars and group of all six Star Wars videos.
By Greg Garrett
These days references to the afterlife-angels strumming harps, demons brandishing pitchforks, God enthroned on heavenly clouds-are extra frequently encountered in New Yorker cartoons than in severe Christian theological mirrored image. hypothesis approximately loss of life and its sequel turns out to embarrass many theologians; in spite of the fact that, as Greg Garrett exhibits in Entertaining Judgment, pop culture within the U.S. has discovered wealthy floor for artistic expression within the look for solutions to the query: What lies in shop for us once we die?
The lyrics of Madonna, Los Lonely Boys, and Sean Combs; the plotlines of TV's Lost, South Park, and The strolling Dead; the implied theology in movies reminiscent of The darkish Knight, Ghost, and Field of Dreams; the heavenly half-light of Thomas Kinkade's renowned work; the ghosts, colors, and after-life way-stations in Harry Potter; and the characters, occasions, and destinations within the starvation video games saga all communicate to our hopes and fears approximately what comes subsequent. In a wealthy survey of literature and renowned media, Garrett compares cultural money owed of loss of life and the afterlife with these present in scripture. Denizens of the imagined afterlife, no matter if in heaven, hell, in the world, or in purgatory, communicate to what awaits us, without delay shaping and reflecting our deeply held-if frequently slightly nebulous-beliefs. They convey us what rewards and punishments we'd count on, provide us divine advice, or even diabolically assault us.
Ultimately, we're interested in those tales of heaven, hell, and purgatory--and to tales approximately loss of life and the undead--not in simple terms simply because they entertain us, yet simply because they assist us to create that means and to benefit approximately ourselves, our global, and, might be, the subsequent global. Garrett's deft research sheds new mild on what pop culture can let us know in regards to the startlingly sharp divide among what smooth humans profess to think and what they honestly desire and anticipate finding after death--and how they use these tales to aid them comprehend this life.
By Frederik L. Schodt
The pioneering genius of Japan’s “God of Comics,” Osamu Tezuka (1928–89), is tested via his life’s masterwork: Tetsuwan Atomu, often referred to as Mighty Atom or Astro Boy, a comic book sequence that includes a lovable little android who yearns to be extra human. The heritage of Tetsuwan Atomu and Tezuka’s function in it's a highway map to realizing the advance of latest media in Japan and the U.S.. subject matters comprise Tezuka’s existence, the paintings of animation, the relationship among delusion robots and know-how, spin-offs, and Astro Boy’s cultural impact.
Frederik L. Schodt is a translator and writer of various books approximately Japan, together with Manga! Manga! and Dreamland Japan. He frequently served as Osamu Tezuka’s English interpreter. In 2009 he was once bought the The Order of the emerging solar, Gold Rays with Rosette for his contribution to the advent and advertising of jap modern well known culture.
By Travis Langley
A trip at the back of the masks and into the brain of Gotham City's Caped Crusader, the darkish Knight who conjures up worry in evildoers everywhere
Batman is among the such a lot compelling and enduring characters to come back from the Golden Age of Comics, and curiosity in his tale has in simple terms elevated via numerous incarnations on the grounds that his first visual appeal in Detective Comics #27 in 1939. Why does this superhero with no superpowers fascinate us? What does that fascination say about us? Batman and Psychology explores those and different interesting questions about the masked vigilante, together with: Does Batman have PTSD? Why does he struggle crime? Why as a vigilante? Why the masks, the bat, and the underage associate? Why are his such a lot intimate relationships with "bad women" he should lock up? And why will not he kill that homicidal, green-haired clown?
- Gives you clean insights into the advanced internal international of Batman and Bruce Wayne and the existence and characters of Gotham City
- Explains mental thought and ideas during the lens of 1 of the world's preferred comedian e-book characters
- Written through a psychology professor and "Superherologist" (scholar of superheroes)
By Stuart Ewen
Contemplating advertisements and the shopper tradition, this article covers the social drawback of industrialization; ads as social construction; the political ideology of intake; and the social drawback of the mass tradition.
By Rob Thomas, Jennifer Graham
Within the moment e-book within the big apple instances bestselling secret sequence, Veronica Mars is again with a case that would disclose the hidden workings of 1 of Neptune’s such a lot murderous locations.
The Neptune Grand has consistently been the seashore town’s ritziest resort, regardless of the shady dealings and high-profile scandals that appear to stick to its elite visitors. while a lady claims that she used to be brutally assaulted in a single of its rooms and left for useless by way of a employees member, the proprietors comprehend that they've a possible powder keg on their palms. They flip to Veronica to disprove—or prove—the woman's story.
The case is a sophisticated mixture of tough evidence, mysterious occurrences, and uncooperative witnesses. The inn refuses to show over its reservation checklist and the sufferer won’t disclose who she used to be assembly that evening. upload within the proof that the assault occurred months in the past, the victim’s reminiscence is fuzzy, and there are holes within the hotel’s surveillance approach, and Veronica has a convoluted mess on her arms. As she works to fill within the lacking items, it turns into transparent that somebody is lying—but who? And why?
By Sabine Hake
Too frequently pushed aside as escapist leisure or vilified as mass manipulation, well known cinema within the 3rd Reich was once actually sustained by way of well-established commonplace conventions, cultural traditions, aesthetic sensibilities, social practices, and a hugely built big name system—not not like its Hollywood counterpart within the Nineteen Thirties. This pathfinding learn contributes to the continued reassessment of 3rd Reich cinema via interpreting it as a social, cultural, monetary, and political perform that frequently conflicted with, contradicted, and compromised the intentions of the Propaganda Ministry. however, via supplying the semblance of a public sphere possibly freed from politics, well known cinema helped to maintain the Nazi regime, particularly throughout the warfare years.
Rather than studying 3rd Reich cinema via overdetermined different types reminiscent of propaganda, ideology, or fascist aesthetics, Sabine Hake concentrates at the constituent components shared via most well liked cinemas: recognized stars, administrators, and studios; motion picture audiences and exhibition practices; well known genres and new developments in set layout; the reception of international movies; the position of movie feedback; and the illustration of girls. She can pay particular awareness to the compelled coordination of the in 1933, the altering calls for on cinema in the course of the warfare years, and some of the methods of coming to phrases with those filmic legacies after the warfare. all through, Hake's findings underscore the continuities between Weimar, 3rd Reich, and post-1945 West German cinema. in addition they emphasize the codevelopment of German and different nationwide cinemas, specially the dominant Hollywood model.