The Simpsons and Philosophy: The D'oh! of Homer (Popular Culture and Philosophy)

By William Irwin, Mark T. Conard

This unconventional and lighthearted advent to the information of the foremost Western philosophers examines The Simpsons — TV’s favourite lively family members. The authors glance past the jokes, the crudeness, the assaults on society — and notice a smart demonstrate of irony, social feedback, and philosophical idea. The writers start with an exam of the characters. Does Homer really demonstrate Aristotle’s virtues of personality? In what method does Bart exemplify American pragmatism? The publication additionally examines the ethics and issues of the exhibit, and concludes with discussions of the way the sequence displays the paintings of Aristotle, Marx, Camus, Sartre, and different thinkers.

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The Routledge Companion to Video Game Studies

The variety of courses facing online game reviews has exploded over the process the decade, however the box has produced few entire reference works. The Routledge significant other to game Studies, compiled via recognized online game students Mark J. P. Wolf and Bernard Perron, goals to deal with the continued theoretical and methodological improvement of video game reports, offering scholars, students, and video game designers with a definitive examine modern online game reviews.

Features contain:

  • comprehensive and interdisciplinary types and ways for reading games;
  • new views on games either as paintings shape and cultural phenomenon;
  • explorations of the technical and artistic dimensions of video games;
  • accounts of the political, social, and cultural dynamics of video games.

Each essay offers a full of life and succinct precis of its objective region, quick bringing the reader updated at the pertinent concerns surrounding each one element of the sector, together with references for extra studying. jointly, they supply an outline of the current nation of online game experiences that would surely end up worthy to pupil, student, and dressmaker alike.

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The Culture Industry: Selected Essays on Mass Culture (Routledge Classics)

By Theodor W. Adorno

The construction of the Frankfurt university of serious idea within the Nineteen Twenties observed the beginning of a few of the main fascinating and difficult writings of the 20th century. it's out of this heritage that the nice critic Theodor Adorno emerged. His most interesting essays are gathered the following, providing the reader remarkable insights into Adorno's suggestions on tradition. He argued that the tradition commodified and standardized all paintings. In flip this suffocated individuality and destroyed severe pondering. on the time, Adorno used to be accused of every little thing from overreaction to deranged hysteria via his many detractors. In present day global, the place even the least cynical of shoppers knows the effect of the media, Adorno's paintings takes on a extra speedy importance. The tradition Industry is an unrivalled indictment of the banality of mass tradition.

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Mel Gibson's Passion and Philosophy: The Cross, the Questions, the Controversy (Popular Culture and Philosophy)

By Jorge J. E. Gracia

Mel Gibson's the fervour of the Christ has turn into essentially the most debatable movies ever made, and it's already a blockbuster of cinematography. Its defenders passionately regard it as essentially the most relocating and influential items of spiritual artwork ever created. yet its detractors argue with related vehemence that the violence and gore it comprises, its alleged anti-Semitism, a selected tackle the Christian message, and the inability of historic and Biblical accuracy, make it not anything greater than one of those political propaganda. Father Thomas Rosica hailed as one of many nice masterpieces of non secular artwork, however the secular humanist Paul Kurtz thinks of it as a political weapon within the fingers of the non secular correct. movie critics are divided of their judgment, giving the movie wherever from no stars to 5 stars. despite what one thinks of the movie, notwithstanding, its influence either own and social is past query.

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The Vagenda: A Zero Tolerance Guide to the Media

By Rhiannon Lucy Cosslett, Holly Baxter

Have you ever EVER…

Obsessed over your body’s ‘problem areas’?

Killed an hour at the Sidebar of Shame?

Wondered no matter if to attempt ‘50 intercourse tips on how to Please Your Man’?

Felt worse after doing any of the above?

Holly and Rhiannon grew up examining modern mags and, like most ladies, considered them as just a little of enjoyable. yet over the years they began to suppose uneasy – not only approximately magazines, yet approximately track movies, web page three, and girls being labelled frigid, princesses or tramps.

So, following the superb luck in their Vagenda web publication, they wrote this publication. Welcome for your essential consultant to the insanity of women’s media.

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The Legend of Zelda and Philosophy: I Link Therefore I Am (Popular Culture and Philosophy)

By Luke Cuddy

With either younger and grownup players as unswerving lovers, The Legend of Zelda is without doubt one of the so much loved online game sequence ever created. The individuals to this quantity examine the subsequent questions and extra: what's the nature of the gamer’s connection to hyperlink? Does hyperlink have a will, or do players venture their wills onto him? How does the gamer adventure the sport? Do the foundations of common sense practice within the video game international? How is house created and disbursed in Hyrule (the fictional land during which the sport takes place)? How does time functionality? Is Zelda paintings? Can Hyrule be visible as an incredible society? Can the sport be relaxing with out successful? The Legend of Zelda and Philosophy not just appeals to Zelda enthusiasts and philosophers but in addition places games at the philosophical map as a significant region of study.

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Improving the Foundations: Batman Begins from Comics to Screen

By Julian Darius

This definitive, unauthorized examine of Christopher Nolan's landmark 2005 movie demonstrates how BATMAN starts off tailored and fused a part century of comedian books right into a unmarried, unified motion picture. This e-book additionally examines previous makes an attempt to movie Batman's origins, how these origins advanced over the years, and the place Nolan's realism falls on a spectrum with previous Batman video clips or even the Sixties television express. Dr. Julian Darius manages to bare secrets and techniques to even the main hardcore Batman fan, whereas last absolutely obtainable to these new to the nature. From Sequart study & Literacy association. extra details at

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Jeopardy! and Philosophy: What is Knowledge in the Form of a Question? (Popular Culture & Philosophy)

Since its debut in 1964, Jeopardy! has been considered one of America’s favourite and longest-running sunlight hours quiz exhibits. It turns the question-answer layout of conventional quiz indicates on its head and calls for contestants to pose right inquiries to solutions in chosen different types. whereas mining info and evidence from Alchemy to Zoology, Jeopardy!, is a uniquely highbrow, erudite, and demanding sunlight hours tv application. a ways past exciting its fanatics with nail-biting contests of information, reminiscence, and pace, all of it yet calls for them to take part. Few humans watch Jeopardy! with no urgent an invisible button and blurting out inquiries to their television screen.

Because of this own and highbrow funding, such a lot Jeopardy! enthusiasts are religious. staring at the convey is valued as a regular ritual during which real highbrow ability and encyclopedic wisdom (as against skinny Hollywood depictions reminiscent of these in Big Bang Theory or Rain Man) will not be simply revered and positioned within the highlight, but additionally rewarded with nationwide status and prize winnings. Champion Ken Jennings (who contributes to this quantity) has received over 3 million funds and remained champion seventy-four occasions. if you happen to embody Jeopardy! as an highbrow oasis within the arid desolate tract of pop culture, it's the geeks who shall inherit the earth.

Jeopardy!’s occasion of mind and forward-thinking is definitely famous all through pop culture and between all age teams. Ken Jennings, Chuck Forrest, and different all-time champions are close to celebrities, whereas the exhibit itself frequently reaches out via targeted tournaments to varied segments of yank tradition, equivalent to actors and musicians (Celebrity Jeopardy!), high-school and school scholars (Teen event and school Championship Jeopardy!) and senior electorate (Senior match Jeopardy!). nonetheless, regardless of its common admire and, a few may well whinge, arrogant self-respect, neither the express nor its fanatics take themselves too heavily. Jokes approximately host Alex Trebek’s hair and well-known parodies of Jeopardy! on Saturday evening Live are as accepted as bizarre Al Yankovic’s MTV-mainstay “I misplaced on Jeopardy!” (to the music of “Our Love’s in Jeopardy”):

Don't be aware of what i used to be thinkin' of,
I bet I simply wasn't too bright.
Well, I certain wish I do better
Next weekend on The cost Is Right.

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Inside the Hollywood Fan Magazine: A History of Star Makers, Fabricators, and Gossip Mongers

By Anthony Slide

The fan journal has frequently been seen easily as a exposure instrument, a fluffy workout in self-promotion by way of the movie undefined. yet as an arbiter of fine and undesirable style, as a resource of information, and as a gateway to the fabled land of Hollywood and its stars, the yank fan journal represents a desirable and essential bankruptcy in journalism and well known culture.

Anthony Slide's Inside the Hollywood Fan Magazine presents the definitive historical past of this artifact. It charts the advance of the fan journal from the golden years while Motion photo tale Magazine and Photoplay first seemed in 1911 to its decline into provocative headlines and titillation within the Sixties and later on. Slide discusses how the fan magazines handled gossip and innuendo, and the way they dealt with national matters equivalent to Hollywood scandals of the Twenties, global struggle II, the blacklist, and the demise of President Kennedy. Fan magazines thrived within the 20th century, they usually offered the heritage of an in a special, occasionally exact, and regularly enjoyable style.

This significant cultural historical past features a new interview with Seventies media character Rona Barrett, in addition to unique observation from a dozen editors and writers. additionally incorporated is a bankruptcy on contributions to the fan magazines from recognized writers akin to Theodore Dreiser and e. e. cummings. The booklet is better via an appendix documenting a few 268 American fan magazines and contains certain book histories.

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The Philosophy of David Lynch (Philosophy Of Popular Culture)

From his cult vintage tv sequence Twin Peaks to his newest movie Inland Empire (2006), David Lynch is better recognized for his unorthodox narrative variety. An award-winning director, manufacturer, and author, Lynch distorts and disrupts conventional storylines and gives audience a surreal, usually nightmarish viewpoint. His new angle to filmmaking has made his paintings time-honored to critics and audiences all over the world, and he earned Academy Award nominations for top Director for The Elephant Man (1980), Blue Velvet (1986), and Mulholland force (2001).

Lynch creates a brand new fact for either characters and viewers by way of targeting the person and embracing existentialism. In The Philosophy of David Lynch, editors William J. Devlin and Shai Biderman have compiled a powerful record of participants to discover the philosophy on the middle of the filmmaker's paintings. Lynch is tested as a postmodern artist, and the topics of darkness, good judgment, and time are mentioned intensive. different favorite concerns in Lynch's movies, resembling undesirable religion and freedom, ethics, politics, and faith, also are thought of. Investigating myriad facets of Lynch's influential and cutting edge paintings, The Philosophy of David Lynch presents a desirable examine the philosophical underpinnings of the well-known cult director.

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