Category Archives: Popular Culture

Coffee Life in Japan

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By Merry White

This interesting book—part ethnography, half memoir—traces Japan’s vivid café society over 100 and thirty years. Merry White lines Japan’s espresso craze from the flip of the 20 th century, while Japan helped to release the Brazilian espresso undefined, to the current day, as uniquely eastern methods with espresso floor in Europe and the USA. White’s booklet takes up subject matters as different as gender, privateness, perfectionism, and urbanism. She exhibits how espresso and occasional areas were crucial to the formation of eastern notions in regards to the makes use of of public house, social switch, modernity, and enjoyment. White describes how the café in Japan, from its begin in 1888, has been a spot to come across new principles and experiments in idea, habit, sexuality , gown, and flavor. it really is the place someone will be socially, artistically, or philosophically engaged or politically vocal. it's also, importantly, an city oasis, the place you possibly can be inner most in public.

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The Philosophy of Martin Scorsese (Philosophy Of Popular Culture)

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Academy Award–winning director Martin Scorsese is without doubt one of the most vital American filmmakers within the historical past of cinema. even though top identified for his video clips approximately gangsters and violence, akin to suggest Streets, Goodfellas, on line casino, and Taxi motive force, Scorsese has addressed a wider diversity of subject matters and themes within the 4 many years of his occupation. within the Philosophy of Martin Scorsese, a magnificent forged of members explores the complicated subject matters and philosophical underpinnings of Martin Scorsese's motion pictures. The essays pertaining to Scorsese's motion pictures approximately crime and violence examine the character of friendship, the ethics of vigilantism, and the character of sadness. The authors delve deeply into the minds of Scorsese's tortured characters and discover how the boys and girls he depicts grapple with ethical codes and their feelings. a number of of the essays discover particular issues in person motion pictures. The authors describe how Scorsese addresses the nuances of social mores and values within the Age of Innocence, the character of temptation and self-sacrifice within the final Temptation of Christ and Bringing Out the useless, and the complexities of innovation and ambition within the Aviator. different chapters within the assortment learn higher philosophical questions. In a global the place every little thing should be interpreted as significant, Scorsese every now and then makes use of his motion pictures to coach audiences in regards to the which means in existence past the standard global depicted within the cinema. for instance, his motion pictures concerning non secular matters, similar to Kundun and The final Temptation of Christ, enable the director to discover spiritualism and peaceable methods of responding to the chaos within the world.Filled with penetrating insights on Scorsese's physique of labor, The Philosophy of Martin Scorsese indicates the director attractive with the various most elementary questions about our humanity and the way we relate to each other in a posh international.

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Love Saves the Day: A History of American Dance Music Culture, 1970-1979

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By Tim Lawrence

Opening with David Mancuso’s seminal “Love Saves the Day” Valentine’s get together, Tim Lawrence tells the definitive tale of yankee dance song tradition within the 1970s—from its subterranean roots in NoHo and Hell’s Kitchen to its gaudy blossoming in midtown big apple to its wildfire transmission via America’s suburbs and concrete hotspots akin to Chicago, Boston, San Francisco, la, Newark, and Miami.

Tales of nocturnal trips, radical tune making, and polymorphous sexuality stream during the arteries of Love Saves the Day like sizzling liquid vinyl. they're interspersed with an in depth exam of the era’s strongest djs, the venues during which they performed, and the documents they enjoyed to spin—as good because the labels, musicians, vocalists, manufacturers, remixers, get together promoters, newshounds, and dance crowds that fueled dance music’s tireless engine.

Love Saves the Day contains fabric from over 300 unique interviews with the scene's such a lot influential gamers, together with David Mancuso, Nicky Siano, Tom Moulton, Loleatta Holloway, Giorgio Moroder, Francis Grasso, Frankie Knuckles, and Earl younger. It accommodates greater than twenty exact dj discographies—listing the favourite documents of crucial spinners of the disco decade—and a extra basic discography cataloging a few 600 releases. Love Saves the Day additionally incorporates a distinctive selection of greater than seventy infrequent photos.

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The Daily Show and Philosophy: Moments of Zen in the Art of Fake News

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By Jason Holt

An enjoyable and insightful exam of the Emmy-award successful American satirical information convey, broadcast on Comedy relevant within the US, and (in an edited version) on More4 within the united kingdom and CNN foreign worldwide. * comprises dialogue of either The day-by-day convey and its spin-off exhibit, The Colbert file * Showcases philosophers at their top, discussing fact, wisdom, truth and the yank manner * Highlights the razor sharp severe abilities of Jon Stewart and his colleagues * Faces tricky and unusually humorous questions about politics, faith, and gear head on

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The Mechanical Bride: Folklore of Industrial Man

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By Marshall McLuhan

This can be the devastating publication which first demonstrated Marshall McLuhan's attractiveness because the optimal (and the wittiest) critic of recent mass communications.The Mechanical Bride is classic McLuhan -- so aptly illustrated through dozens of examples from advertisements, comedian strips, columnists, etc., that those that have been stung by means of McLuhan have been tough placed for rebuttals. It indicates how intercourse was once first used to promote commercial undefined, how Orphan Annie nonetheless retains the area on target, and the way an Arabian Nights wonderland of mass leisure and advice makes details inappropriate, and sends us to mattress at evening too dazed to query even if we're chuffed or no longer. we are living in an age during which legions of hugely knowledgeable pros commit themselves to the duty of having contained in the collective public brain with the thing of manipulating, exploiting and controlling.

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Superheroes of the Round Table: Comics Connections to Medieval and Renaissance Literature

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By Jason Tondro

Few students nursed at the literary canon could dispute that wisdom of Western literature merits readers and writers of the superhero style. This research of superhero comics as Romance literature indicates that the opposite is true--knowledge of the superhero romance has anything to coach critics of conventional literature. setting up the comedian style as a cousin to Arthurian delusion, Spenser, and Shakespeare, it makes use of comics to notify readings of The Faerie Queene, The Tempest, Malory's Morte and extra, whereas utilising authors like Ben Johnson to assist clarify comics by way of Alan Moore, Jack Kirby, and supply Morrison and characters like Iron guy, the Hulk, the X-Men, and the Justice League. students of comics, medieval and Renaissance literature alike will locate it beautiful.

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Kitsch in Sync: A Consumer's Guide to Bad Taste

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By Peter Ward

Ever because the arbiters of flavor first took their moms' flying geese off the partitions in their suburban semis and displayed them proudly along their Bauhaus furnishings, or chuckled knowingly on the musical rest room rolls in every one other's rest room, kitsch has turn into a part of the style-setter's anti-style.

Peter Ward explores the worldwide tradition of kitsch and charts a path in the course of the shallowest waters of trivial undesirable flavor that encompasses all facets of existence - from model to furniture, paintings to artefacts, via video clips, television, pop and personalities.

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Way Too Cool: Selling Out Race and Ethics

| February 18, 2017 | admin | 0

By Shannon Winnubst

Life, liberty, and the pursuit of cool have expert the yankee ethos considering that at the very least the Nineteen Seventies. no matter if we try for it in politics or model, cool is gigantic company in the event you can promote it throughout a number of markets and media. but the concept that wasn't constantly a well-liked commodity. Cool started as a powerful aesthetic of post-World battle II black tradition, embodying a truly particular, hugely charged approach to resistance to white supremacy and the globalized exploitation of capital.

Way Too Cool follows the hollowing-out of "coolness" in glossy American tradition and its mirrored image of a bigger evasion of race, racism, and ethics now universal in neoliberal society. It revisits such watershed occasions because the Sixties Civil Rights move, second-wave feminism, the emergence of identification politics, Eighties multiculturalism, Nineteen Nineties rhetorics of range and colorblindness, September 11, and storm Katrina, in addition to the contemporaneous advancements of emerging mass incarceration and legalized same-sex marriage. It pairs the perversion of cool with the sluggish erasure of racial and moral concerns from our social awareness, which successfully quashes our wish to act ethically and face up to abuses of strength. The cooler we turn into, the extra detached we develop to the query of values, relatively inquiry that spurs protest and clash. This publication sounds an alarm should you care approximately keeping our ties to an American culture of resistance.

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The Walking Dead and Philosophy: Zombie Apocalypse Now (Popular Culture and Philosophy)

| February 18, 2017 | admin | 0

Rick, Lori, Shane, Carl, Dale, Andrea, and Michonne--human survivors of a zombie apocalypse--don't comprehend a lot approximately philosophy, yet philosophical rules proceed to shamble on via their international, and there is no excape from them.

The strolling Dead is either a highly winning comics sequence and a favored television exhibit. This epic tale of a zombie apocalypse is exclusive. It specializes in the long term person, social, and ethical results of survival by means of small teams of people in a global overrun by means of contaminated zombies.

Guns, chainsaws, and machetes should not sufficient for survival: people additionally want contract on ideas of behavior. Can equality or equity have any polace within the post-apocalyptic international? Do robbery or perhaps attack and homicide develop into ok below determined conditions? Who might be well-known as having political authority? What approximately consuming human flesh? may still survivors have children?

As zombies have low IQs, negative manners, and the overwhelming urge to consume humans, have they got any rights in any respect? Am I nonetheless me if I develop into a zombie? Do zombies recognize whatever? are they rational? would it not be moral to coach a zombie and maintain it as a puppy? What the heck are P-zombies? And why could all of us bounce on the chance

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Most Talkative: Stories from the Front Lines of Pop Culture

| February 18, 2017 | admin | 0

By Andy Cohen


The guy in the back of the Real Housewives writes approximately his lifelong love affair with popular culture that introduced him from the suburbs of St. Louis to his personal tv show
From a tender age, Andy Cohen knew something: He enjoyed tv. no longer within the means that the majority little ones do, yet in an irrepressible, all-consuming, I-want-to-climb-inside-the-tube form of approach. And climb within he did. Now presiding over Bravo's truth television empire, he began as a very talkative popular culture obsessive, dedicated to Charlie's Angels and All My little ones and to his mom, who acquired day-by-day letters from Andy at summer season camp, often reminding her to tape the soaps. looking back, it is challenging to think that everybody did not be aware of that Andy was once homosexual; nonetheless, he remained within the closet until eventually university. eventually out, he launched into creating a occupation out of his ardour for tv.
The trip starts with Andy interviewing his all-time idol Susan Lucci for his university newspaper and ends with him in a role the place he has a hand in growing trendy superstar icons. within the witty, no-holds-barred sort of his exhibit Watch What occurs Live, Andy tells stories of absurd mishaps in the course of his ten years at CBS information, hilarious encounters with the heroes and heroines of his early life, and the genuine tales in the back of The actual Housewives. Dishy, humorous, and entire of center, Most Talkative presents a special glimpse into the realm of tv, from a fan who grew up gazing the reveal and is now within it, either making exhibits and web hosting his own.

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