The Philosophy of Science Fiction Film (The Philosophy of Popular Culture)

The technological know-how fiction style continues a extraordinary carry at the mind's eye and exuberance of the filmgoing public, attractive huge audiences around the globe and garnering ever-larger gains. technology fiction motion pictures entertain the opportunity of time shuttle and extraterrestrial visitation and imaginatively shipping us to worlds remodeled by way of glossy technological know-how and know-how. in addition they offer a medium by which questions on own id, ethical service provider, synthetic realization, and different different types of expertise may be addressed. within the Philosophy of technology Fiction movie, amazing authors discover the storylines, conflicts, and issues of fifteen technological know-how fiction movie classics, from city to The Matrix. Editor Steven M. Sanders and a gaggle of remarkable students in philosophy, movie reviews, and different fields increase technology fiction movie feedback to a brand new point by means of penetrating the skin of the movies to reveal the underlying philosophical arguments, moral views, and metaphysical perspectives. Sanders's creation offers an summary and overview of every essay and poses questions for readers to contemplate as they consider the movies below discussion.The first part, "Enigmas of identification and Agency," bargains with the character of humanity because it is portrayed in Blade Runner, darkish urban, Frankenstein, Invasion of the physique Snatchers, and overall keep in mind. within the moment part, "Extraterrestrial Visitation, Time commute, and synthetic Intelligence," members speak about 2001: an area Odyssey, The Terminator, 12 Monkeys, and The Day the Earth Stood nonetheless and learn the demanding situations of synthetic intelligence, the paradoxes of time shuttle, and the ethics of struggle. the ultimate part, "Brave more moderen global: technology Fiction Futurism," appears at visions of the longer term in city, The Matrix, Alphaville, and monitor diversifications of George Orwell's 1984.

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Sherlock and Transmedia Fandom: Essays on the BBC Series

The critically-acclaimed BBC tv sequence Sherlock (2010- ) re-envisions Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's detective for the electronic age, becoming a member of members within the lively traditions of Sherlockians/Holmesians and enthusiasts from different groups, together with technological know-how fiction, media, and anime. This assortment explores the cultural intersections and fan traditions that converge in Sherlock and its fandoms. Essays concentrate on the economic and cultural contexts of Sherlock's liberate, at the textual content of Sherlock as version and transformative paintings, and on Sherlock's serious and renowned reception. The volume's a number of views research Sherlock Holmes as a world transmedia determine with persisted cultural effect, delivering perception into not just the BBC sequence itself, but additionally into its literary resource, and with it, the overseas resonance of the Victorian detective and his sidekick.

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We Dropped a Bomb on You: The Best of Slake I-IV

Cofounded through former LA Weekly editor Joe Donnelly and present Los Angeles Times Arts and leisure editor Laurie Ochoa, Slake is a literary magazine that units a brand new template for the following iteration of print guides — collectible, no longer disposable; destined for the bedside desk rather than the recycling bin. it is a entire new manner of taking a look at la and the realm. We Dropped a Bomb on You is a devastating compendium of essays, fiction, and picture essays from the 1st 4 problems with Slake. that includes formerly unpublished paintings through Mark Z. Danielewski, Dana Goodyear, Gregory Bojorquez, Jonathan Gold, Richard Lange, and Iris Berry, this assortment marks a go back to storytelling with polished essay, memoir, fiction, poetry, and profile writing that's disappearing in a global of speedy takes and unfiltered opinion.

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Enter the Superheroes: American Values, Culture, and the Canon of Superhero Literature

By Alex S. Romagnoli

Ever because the first appearances of Superman and Batman in comedian books of the overdue Thirties, superheroes were a staple of the preferred tradition panorama. although at first created for more youthful audiences, superhero characters have advanced through the years, turning into advanced figures that attract extra refined readers. whereas superhero tales have grown ever extra well known inside broader society, although, comics and picture novels were principally neglected by means of the realm of academia.

In Enter the Superheroes:American Values, tradition, and the Canon of Superhero Literature, Alex S. Romagnoli and Gian S. Pagnucci argue that superheroes advantage severe learn, either in the academy and past. by way of analyzing the types of picture novels that are embraced by way of the academy, this ebook explains how superhero tales are only as major. dependent round key topics inside superhero literature, the publication delves into the gains that make superhero tales a different style. The booklet additionally attracts upon examples in comics and different media to demonstrate the sociohistorical value of superheroes—from the interaction of fanatics and creators to particular narrative parts which are dropped at their richest success in the global of superheroes. an inventory of noteworthy superhero texts that readers can glance to for destiny research is additionally supplied.

In addition to exploring the $64000 roles that superheroes play in children’s studying, the ebook additionally bargains a great start line for discussions of ways literature is evolving and why it's important to extend the conventional nation-states of literary learn. Enter the Superheroes can be of specific curiosity to English and composition academics but in addition to students of pop culture and fanatics of superhero and comedian booklet literature.

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Bitch, Issue 57 (Winter 2013)

Internet trolls, metalheads, dads long past wild! Plus: Hipster chickens!

Letter from the HQ

Letters & Comments

Love It/Shove It

army Steals: The military's new curiosity in STEM education
family members perform: A Q&A with Victoria legislations and China Martens

The complain List

||| On Stereotypes—Carrying the load of being strong

||| at the Wall—A rediscovered artist takes on gender and space

||| at the Page—Comics artist Gabrielle Bell dishes approximately her new image novel

::: Co-opting the Coop: What's the genuine price of homesteading's new hipness?

::: video game Changer—Why gaming tradition permits abuse...and how we will be able to cease it

::: domestic Run—How neoliberalism took over home-makeover shows

::: part the Story—When will Western documentaries become aware of they're utilizing the incorrect lens?

::: The Audacity of Home—POOR Magazine's new paradigm of place

\\\ touring Lite—Why women's go back and forth memoirs get offered short

\\\ Canadian Gothic—Jen and Sylvia Soska's scary-fast ascent

\\\ Hardcore Persona—An excerpt from What Are You Doing right here? A Black Woman's lifestyles and Liberation in Heavy Metal
The again Page

Adventures in Feministory Comics: Louise A. Boyd via Meags Fitzgerald

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Bullshit and Philosophy: Guaranteed to Get Perfect Results Every Time (Popular Culture and Philosophy)

Popular curiosity in bullshit — and its close to relative, truthiness — is at an all-time excessive, however the topic has a wealthy philosophical background, with Hobbes, Locke, Hume, and Kant all weighing in at the subject. right here, modern philosophers consider bullshit from epistemological, moral, metaphysical, old, and political issues of view. Tackling questions together with what's bullshit, what does it do, is it a passing fad, and will it ever be eradicated, the e-book is a advisor and source for the various who locate bullshit worthy pondering.

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Futurama and Philosophy: Bite My Shiny Metal Axiom (Popular Culture and Philosophy)

By Courtland Lewis, Shaun P. Young

Futurama is a unusual, lively sitcom created via Simpson's mastermind, Matt Groening. It follows the adventures of a pizza supply guy transported a ways, some distance right into a cosmic way forward for witty, sarcastic robots and one-eyed femme fatales. due to the fact that first airing at the Fox community from 1999 to 2003, Futurama's many committed enthusiasts created web content and newsletters and arranged Comic-Con meetups and letter-writing campaigns in hopes of studying the extra adventures of Bender, Leela, Dr. Farnsworth, and the deliveryman Philip J. Fry. meanwhile, fanatics survived on syndicated re-runs, books, wall calendars, and 4 feature-length videos published on DVD and on-line streaming.

In 2009, Fox introduced that Futurama could have a destiny and new episodes again to Comedy principal channel. Futurama and Philosophy will meet this new surge of curiosity and recognition in its pop culture and Philosophy sequence. Twenty-first-century philosophers and Futurama fanatics can examine notes approximately time go back and forth, trade universes, the evolution of lifestyles, synthetic intelligence, and the moral dilemmas of suicide compartments, “mad" scientists like Farnsworth and robots like Bender who aspire to undesirable flavor and “kiss-my-metal-ass" rudeness. may “interplanetary golf" fairly be attainable? Why is it fossilized puppy is basically “man's top friend"? what's going within Dr. Zoidberg's Freedom Lesson? Why is Bender, in reality, a liable ethical being? Is dying Intrinsically undesirable? And what's with the “Seriously Freaked Up Nature of Morality" exhibited within the show?

Fans who savour the wit and knowledge Futurama's characters, and particularly the cosmic, existential framework during which their adventures spread, will locate Futurama and Philosophy to be a special and lasting contribution to the Futurama reviva—at least until eventually Philip J. Fry is unfrozen.

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The Philosophy of Spike Lee (The Philosophy of Popular Culture)

By Mark T. Conard

Over his twenty-plus 12 months tenure in Hollywood, Spike Lee has produced a few arguable motion pictures that unapologetically confront delicate social matters, fairly these of race family and discrimination. via his sincere portrayals of life's social stumbling blocks, he demanding situations the general public to mirror at the world's difficulties and divisions. The cutting edge director created a reputation for himself with function motion pictures comparable to Do the suitable Thing (1989) and Malcolm X (1992), and with documentaries akin to 4 Little Girls (1997) and When the Levees Broke (2006), breaking with Hollywood's reliance on cultural stereotypes to painting African americans in a extra lifelike gentle. The director maintains to provide poignant movies that handle a few of sleek society's most crucial old hobbies and events.

In The Philosophy of Spike Lee, editor Mark T. Conard and a magnificent record of members delve into the wealthy philosophy at the back of this filmmaker's large paintings. not just do they research the main topics of race and discrimination that permeate Lee's productions, but additionally research different philosophical principles which are present in his motion pictures, rules resembling the character of time, transcendence, ethical motivation, self-constitution, and justice. The authors specialise in quite a few educational disciplines that diversity from African American reviews to literary and cultural feedback and Philosophy.

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