South Park and Philosophy: You Know, I Learned Something Today (The Blackwell Philosophy & Pop Culture Series)

By Robert Arp

In case you imagine Saddam and devil make a kinky couple, wait until you get a load of South Park and Philosophy. Get your giant Wheels prepared, simply because we are going for a trip, as 22 philosophers take us down the line to knowing the big-picture concerns during this small mountain city. * a wise and candid examine one in every of television's so much subversive and debatable exhibits, celebrating its tenth anniversary this yr * attracts shut parallels among the irreverent nature of South Park and the inquiring and skeptical method of philosophy * Addresses the perennial questions of the exhibit, and the modern social and political concerns that encourage every one episode * makes use of popular characters and episodes to demonstrate subject matters corresponding to ethical relativism, freedom of expression, homosexual marriage, blasphemy, democracy, feminism, animal ethics, existential questions and masses extra * makes you snicker out loud

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Was Superman a Spy?: And Other Comic Book Legends Revealed

By Brian Cronin

Fascinating and infrequently weird and wonderful precise tales in the back of greater than a hundred thirty city legends approximately comedian booklet culture

Was Superman a Spy? demystifies all the fascinating tales, unimaginable anecdotes, wacky rumors, and chronic myths that experience piled up like useful again matters within the seventy-plus years of the comedian ebook undefined, including:

* Elvis Presley's trademark coiffure was once in keeping with a comic personality (True)
* Stan Lee featured a homosexual personality in a single of Marvel's Sixties warfare comics (False)
* Wolverine of the X-Men used to be initially intended to be an exact wolverine! (True)
* What may were DC's first black superhero was once replaced on the final second to a white hero (True)
* A Dutch inventor used to be blocked from getting a patent on a technique since it have been used formerly in a Donald Duck comedian e-book (True)

With many extra legends resolved, Was Superman a Spy? is a must have for the legions of comedian booklet lovers and all seekers of "truth, justice, and the yank way."

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What Jefferson Read, Ike Watched, and Obama Tweeted: 200 Years of Popular Culture in the White House

By Tevi Troy

From Cicero to Snooki, the cultural impacts on our American presidents are strong and abundant. Thomas Jefferson famously acknowledged "I can't stay with no books," and his library subsidized up the declare, later turning into the spine of the hot Library of Congress. Jimmy Carter watched thousands of flicks in his White residence, whereas Ronald Reagan starred in a couple of in his personal time. Lincoln used to be a theater-goer, whereas Obama kicked again at domestic to some episodes of HBO's "The Wire."

America is a rustic equipped by way of thinkers on a starting place of rules. along vintage works of philosophy and ethics, notwithstanding, our presidents were inspired by way of the books, videos, television exhibits, viral video clips, and social media sensations in their day. In What Jefferson learn, Ike Watched, and Obama Tweeted: 2 hundred Years of well known Culturen within the White House presidential student and previous White condo aide Tevi Troy combines study with witty commentary to inform the tale of the way our presidents were formed through well known culture.

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The Philosophy of Film Noir (The Philosophy of Popular Culture)

By Mark T. Conard

A drifter with out identify and no earlier, pushed only through hope, is confident by way of a gorgeous girl to homicide her husband. A hard-drinking detective down on his success turns into concerned with a gang of criminals in pursuit of a invaluable artifact. The tales are instantaneously romantic, pessimistic, full of anxiousness and a feeling of alienation, they usually outline the essence of movie noir. Noir emerged as a in demand American movie style within the early Forties, distinguishable by way of its use of surprising lighting fixtures, sinister plots, mysterious characters, and darkish subject matters. From The Maltese Falcon (1941) to the touch of Evil (1958), motion pictures from this vintage interval mirror an environment of corruption and social decay that attracted such comprehensive administrators as John Huston, Alfred Hitchcock, Billy Wilder, and Orson Welles. The Philosophy of movie Noir is the 1st quantity to concentration completely at the philosophical underpinnings of those iconic movies. Drawing at the paintings of various thinkers, from the French existentialist Albert Camus to the Frankurt college theorists Max Horkheimer and Theodor Adorno, the quantity connects movie noir to the philosophical questions of a latest, frequently nihilistic, global. establishing with an exam of what constitutes noir cinema, the booklet translates the philosophical parts always found in the flicks -- issues akin to ethical ambiguity, cause as opposed to ardour, and pessimism. The participants to the amount additionally argue that the essence and components of noir have essentially prompted video clips outdoors of the conventional noir interval. Neo-noir movies akin to Pulp Fiction (1994), struggle membership (1999), and keepsake (2000) have reintroduced the style to a modern viewers. As they determine the strategies found in person motion pictures, the participants additionally remove darkness from and discover the philosophical subject matters that floor in pop culture. a detailed exam of 1 of the main major creative activities of the 20th century, The Philosophy of movie Noir reinvigorates an highbrow dialogue on the intersection of pop culture and philosophy.

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The Superhero Reader

By Charles Hatfield, Jeet Heer, Kent Worcester, Gerard Jones

Despite their advertisement attraction and cross-media succeed in, superheroes are just lately beginning to allure sustained scholarly consciousness. This groundbreaking assortment brings jointly essays and ebook excerpts by way of significant writers on comics and renowned culture.

While superhero comics are a special and occasionally disdained department of comics construction, they're crucial to the advance of the North American comedian e-book and the background of the medium. For the prior half-century they've got additionally been the single overwhelmingly dominant marketplace style. The sheer quantity of superhero comics which were released through the years is excellent. significant superhero universes represent some of the most expansive storytelling canvases ever formed. additionally, characters inhabiting those fictional universes are immensely influential, having completed iconic acceptance around the world. Their photographs and adventures have formed many different media, resembling movie, games, or even prose fiction.

The fundamental goal of this reader is twofold: first, to assemble in one quantity a sampling of the main subtle remark on superheroes, and moment, to carry into sharper concentration the ways that superheroes hook up with higher social, cultural, literary, aesthetic, and historic topics which are of curiosity to an outstanding many readers either within the academy and beyond.

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The Avengers and Philosophy: Earth's Mightiest Thinkers

By Mark D. White

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

Avengers gather! Tackling interesting dilemmas and matters that no unmarried nice thinker can stand up to, this robust booklet enlists the brainpower of an A-list crew of history's such a lot well-known thinkers to discover the subjects in the back of the motion of wonder Comics' all-star superhero team.

  • Arms you with new insights into the characters and topics of The Avengers
  • Deepens your appreciation either one of The Avengers comics and the Joss Whedon motion picture adaptation
  • Answers the philosophical questions you may have regularly had approximately Earth's Mightiest Heroes, together with: Can a reformed felony develop into a superhero? Can an android love a human? If a hero beats his spouse, is he nonetheless a hero?
  • Helps you're thinking that otherwise concerning the contributors of the superhero team—Captain the US, Iron guy, Thor, and the others

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

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The Good Wife and Philosophy: Temptations of Saint Alicia (Popular Culture and Philosophy)

By Kimberly Baltzer-Jaray

Within the stable spouse and Philosophy, fifteen philosophers examine the deeper matters raised by means of this stirring television drama.
The strong spouse offers us court battles within the culture of Perry Mason, with the additional size of a political intrigue and a tormented own tale. We witness the interaction among universal morality and felony correctness; occasionally following one violates the opposite. attorneys function in the legislations and inside of felony ethics, but mostly do destructive issues in pursuit in their clients’ pursuits. The adverse approach results in such ideas as stringing out a case to exhaust the opposite side’s assets and bringing matches ostensibly due to wrongdoing via defendants yet rather to curtail the defendants as a aggressive probability to a couple vital client’s interest.
The inspiration for the nice spouse got here from the habitual information drama of other halves status via their husbands while scandal breaks: the better halves of invoice Clinton, Elliott Spitzer, and John Edwards. usually those politicians’ spouses are themselves attorneys who've needed to do something about the grey components of criminal battles and maneuvering. Following her husband’s shame and imprisonment, Alicia Florrick has to come to the legislations, which she deserted for the sake of being a full-time spouse and mom.

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The Journal of Popular Culture (May/June 2011)

Table of Contents:

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“Before Abduction: The Contactee Narrative of the 1950s” by way of Angela Hague.

“‘I be aware of the place you retain Your Gun’: Daniel Craig because the Bond-Bond woman Hybrid in on line casino Royale” by means of Lisa Funnell.

“The Republic within the Metropolis” through Thomas Halper and Douglas Muzzio.

“Transnationalization and the increase of ‘Pop Nationalism’ in Korea” by means of Jeongsuk Joo.

“‘White and Nerdy’: pcs, Race, and the Nerd Stereotype” via Lori Kendall.

“‘Katrina That Bitch!’ Hegemonic Representations of Women’s Sexuality on typhoon Katrina memento T-Shirts” via Kris Macomber, Christine Mallinson, and Elizabeth Seale.

“Inventing Australia for american citizens: the increase of the Outback Steakhouse eating place Chain within the USA” through Shirleene Robinson.

“Buying Me Love: '80s Class-Clash youngster Romances” by means of Timothy Shary.

“White men preferring to not: From Passive Resistance (“Bartleby”) To Terrorist Acts (Fight Club)” by way of Robert T. Schultz.

“‘Let’s Rap With Cap’: Redefining American Patriotism via renowned Discourse and Letters” by way of J. Richard Stevens.

“White Mutants of hetero facet: The Avant-Garde of Abstinence” by way of Gabriel Smith.

“Movies, version Ts and Morality: the effect of expertise on criteria of habit within the Early 20th Century” by means of Melissa Weinbrenner.

“‘Why might you do this, Larry?’: identification Formation and Humor in decrease Your Enthusiasm” via Benjamin Wright.

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