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Four Arguments for the Elimination of Television

Author: Jerry Mander
Publsiher: Harper Collins
Total Pages: 384
Release: 2013-08-13
Genre: Social Science
ISBN: 006231680X
Rating: 4.6/5 ( downloads)

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A total departure from previous writing about television, this book is the first ever to advocate that the medium is not reformable. Its problems are inherent in the technology itself and are so dangerous—to personal health and sanity, to the environment, and to democratic processes—that TV ought to be eliminated forever. Weaving personal experiences through meticulous research, the author ranges widely over aspects of television that have rarely been examined and never before joined together, allowing an entirely new, frightening image to emerge. The idea that all technologies are "neutral," benign instruments that can be used well or badly, is thrown open to profound doubt. Speaking of TV reform is, in the words of the author, "as absurd as speaking of the reform of a technology such as guns."

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Figures in the Carpet

Author: Wilfred M. McClay
Publsiher: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing
Total Pages: 517
Release: 2007-01-02
Genre: History
ISBN: 0802863116
Rating: 4.3/5 (16 downloads)

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Figures in the Carpet presents a stellar roster of first-rate historians dealing seriously with a perennially important subject. The case studies and more theoretical accounts in this book amount to an unusually perceptive assessment of how "the person' has been viewed in American history.

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War in Heaven/Heaven on Earth

Author: Stephen D. O'Leary
Publsiher: Routledge
Total Pages: 320
Release: 2014-12-18
Genre: Religion
ISBN: 1317488849
Rating: 4.8/5 (49 downloads)

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The apocalypse is a motif that lies behind many religious beliefs and practices. 'War in Heaven/Heaven on Earth' theorizes the apocalyptic as it has arisen in a variety of religious traditions, from Native American religion to Islam in Northern Nigeria and new terrorist movements. Millennial theory and history are explored from the perspective of social psychology, sociology and post-modern philosophy. The volume is unique in applying an analysis of millennial themes to a comparative study of religion.

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God & Culture

Author: D. A. Carson
Publsiher: Wipf and Stock Publishers
Total Pages: 411
Release: 2020-07-30
Genre: Religion
ISBN: 1725283786
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This book examines a number of facets of contemporary culture and sets forth what thoughtful Christians have been and should be thinking about each one. Written in honor of Carl F.H. Henry on the occasion of his eightieth birthday, the essays in God and Culture are on these topics and by these contributors: •hermeneutics Kevin J. Vanhoozer •pluralism D.A. Carson •eschatology Geoffrey W. Bromiley •anthropology Robert J. Priest •psychology Warren J. Heard, Jr. •philosophy George I. Mavrodes •history Lewis W. Spitz •economics Ian Smith •law Phillip E. Johnson •politics Sir Fred Catherwood •literature Leland Ryken •art Edmund P. Clowney •media Larry W. Poland •science Charles B. Thaxton •environment Loren Wilkinson •bioethics Nigel M. de S. Cameron •human sexuality Armand M. Nicholi, Jr. •personal life-style and leisure J.I. Packer Each of these authors has demonstrated a profound interest in thinking "Christianly" about his subject. Some of the essays scan the ways previous Christians have tried to evaluate each cultural "slice"; all of them offer some guidance regarding what Christians need to bear in mind as our culture rushes on. Some contributors adopt the well-known grid of H. Richard Niebuhr in his classic Christ and Culture; others cut fresh paths. The aim throughout is to foster fidelity to Christ and his gospel while encouraging a comprehensive Christian outlook on our rapidly changing world.

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Commonsense Rebellion

Author: Bruce E. Levine
Publsiher: Burns & Oates
Total Pages: 352
Release: 2001
Genre: Antipsychiatry
Rating: 4./5 ( downloads)

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Nearly one in four American adults are on psychiatric drugs, and Ritalin production has increased 800 percent since 1990, yet the mental health industry laments the fact that two-thirds of us with diagnosable mental disorders do not seek treament. The author argues that "institutional mental health's" ever-increasing diseases, disorders, and drugs divert us from examining an important rebellion. This rebellion--mainly passive and too often self-destructive--is against an increasingly impersonal and coercive "institutional society." Institutional society's worship of speed, power, and technology has created fantastic wealth--at least for some of us--but its disregard for human autonomy, community, and diversity has come with a cost.

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An Analysis of Thinking and Research About Qualitative Methods

Author: W. James Potter
Publsiher: Routledge
Total Pages: 412
Release: 2013-11-05
Genre: Language Arts & Disciplines
ISBN: 1136688668
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Written for social science scholars who want to learn more about the qualitative way of thinking, this book addresses the full continuum of issues about the qualitative methodologies. At one end of that continuum are the deeply philosophical concerns of ontology and epistemology. At the other -- concrete -- end of that continuum are the practical issues of what is considered evidence: How does one go about gathering evidence? Where, when, and how does one analyze evidence? What are the alternative ways of dealing with tone and voice in writing qualitative research? The attention to practical, concrete issues makes this book useful as a handbook providing a great deal of vital information to scholars who want a guide to making decisions as they navigate their research questions through the qualitative realm. Uniquely qualified to write such a book, Potter has earned PhDs in both qualitative methods (with a concentration in linguistics and field studies) and in quantitative methods (with a concentration in social science theory and statistics). The book is not an ideological argument that glorifies one system of thinking while attempting to persuade the reader that other systems of thinking are bankrupt. Rather, the book presents a respectful, balanced analysis of the strengths and weaknesses of the qualitative approach. The book builds to a controversial final chapter entitled "Is Convergence a Possibility?" in which Potter synthesizes a conclusion from his analysis of a wide range of qualitative studies across three broad topic areas -- text focused research, audience focused research, and institution focused research -- and across seven major qualitative methodologies -- ethnography, ethnomethodology, reception study, ecological psychology, symbolic interactionism, cultural studies, and textual analysis. His conclusion is that not only is there a possibility of a convergence between qualitative and quantitative approaches, but that the convergence has already happened. The book includes an appendix in which 95 books and articles using the qualitative approach are abstracted and analyzed to illustrate key points of methodology and methods. It also includes subject and author indexes.

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The Ashgate Research Companion to Minimalist and Postminimalist Music

Author: Keith Potter
Publsiher: Routledge
Total Pages: 464
Release: 2016-03-23
Genre: Music
ISBN: 1317042557
Rating: 4.2/5 (57 downloads)

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In recent years the music of minimalist composers such as La Monte Young, Terry Riley, Steve Reich and Philip Glass has, increasingly, become the subject of important musicological reflection, research and debate. Scholars have also been turning their attention to the work of lesser-known contemporaries such as Phill Niblock and Eliane Radigue, or to second and third generation minimalists such as John Adams, Louis Andriessen, Michael Nyman and William Duckworth, whose range of styles may undermine any sense of shared aesthetic approach but whose output is still to a large extent informed by the innovative work of their minimalist predecessors. Attempts have also been made by a number of academics to contextualise the work of composers who have moved in parallel with these developments while remaining resolutely outside its immediate environment, including such diverse figures as Karel Goeyvaerts, Robert Ashley, Arvo Pärt and Brian Eno. Theory has reflected practice in many respects, with the multimedia works of Reich and Glass encouraging interdisciplinary approaches, associations and interconnections. Minimalism’s role in culture and society has also become the subject of recent interest and debate, complementing existing scholarship, which addressed the subject from the perspective of historiography, analysis, aesthetics and philosophy. The Ashgate Research Companion to Minimalist and Postminimalist Music provides an authoritative overview of established research in this area, while also offering new and innovative approaches to the subject.

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I Like to Watch

Author: Emily Nussbaum
Publsiher: Random House
Total Pages: 384
Release: 2019-06-25
Genre: Performing Arts
ISBN: 052550897X
Rating: 4.8/5 (7 downloads)

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From The New Yorker’s fiercely original, Pulitzer Prize-winning culture critic, a provocative collection of new and previously published essays arguing that we are what we watch. “Emily Nussbaum is the perfect critic—smart, engaging, funny, generous, and insightful.”—David Grann, author of Killers of the Flower Moon NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY NPR • Chicago Tribune • Esquire • Library Journal • Kirkus Reviews From her creation of the “Approval Matrix” in New York magazine in 2004 to her Pulitzer Prize–winning columns for The New Yorker, Emily Nussbaum has argued for a new way of looking at TV. In this collection, including two never-before-published essays, Nussbaum writes about her passion for television, beginning with Buffy the Vampire Slayer, the show that set her on a fresh intellectual path. She explores the rise of the female screw-up, how fans warp the shows they love, the messy power of sexual violence on TV, and the year that jokes helped elect a reality-television president. There are three big profiles of television showrunners—Kenya Barris, Jenji Kohan, and Ryan Murphy—as well as examinations of the legacies of Norman Lear and Joan Rivers. The book also includes a major new essay written during the year of #MeToo, wrestling with the question of what to do when the artist you love is a monster. More than a collection of reviews, the book makes a case for toppling the status anxiety that has long haunted the “idiot box,” even as it transformed. Through it all, Nussbaum recounts her fervent search, over fifteen years, for a new kind of criticism, one that resists the false hierarchy that elevates one kind of culture (violent, dramatic, gritty) over another (joyful, funny, stylized). I Like to Watch traces her own struggle to punch through stifling notions of “prestige television,” searching for a more expansive, more embracing vision of artistic ambition—one that acknowledges many types of beauty and complexity and opens to more varied voices. It’s a book that celebrates television as television, even as each year warps the definition of just what that might mean. FINALIST FOR THE PEN/DIAMONSTEIN-SPIELVOGEL AWARD FOR THE ART OF THE ESSAY “This collection, including some powerful new work, proves once and for all that there’s no better American critic of anything than Emily Nussbaum. But I Like to Watch turns out to be even greater than the sum of its brilliant parts—it’s the most incisive, intimate, entertaining, authoritative guide to the shows of this golden television age.”—Kurt Andersen, author of Fantasyland “Reading Emily Nussbaum makes us smarter not just about what we watch, but about how we live, what we love, and who we are. I Like to Watch is a joy.”—Rebecca Traister

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Get Up, Stand Up

Author: Bruce E. Levine
Publsiher: Chelsea Green Publishing
Total Pages: 257
Release: 2011
Genre: Political Science
ISBN: 1603582983
Rating: 4.2/5 (83 downloads)

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The situation, however, is not truly hopeless. Get Up, Stand UP describes how we can recover dignity, energy, and unity in order to wrest power away from the corporatocracy. In other countries and during other periods of American history people have successfully resisted domination. Get Up, Stand Up details those, strategies and tactics that oppressed peoples have employed to gain power and put that power back in the hands of We the People.

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Set Free Childhood

Author: Martin Large
Publsiher: Hawthorn Press Ltd
Total Pages: 246
Release: 2003
Genre: Computers
ISBN: 9781903458433
Rating: 4.3/5 (584 downloads)

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Children watch TV and use computers for five hours daily on average. But electronic media demands conflict with the needs of children. The result? Record levels of learning difficulties, obesity, eating disorders, sleep problems, language delay, aggressive behaviour, anxiety - and children on fast forward. Set Free Childhood shows how to counter screen culture and create a calmer, more enjoyable family life.

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End of Oblivion: The Great Deceit and Why We Need to Reclaim Our Spiritual Evolution

Author: Aleksandar Ostojic
Total Pages: 330
Release: 2019-08-08
Genre: Religion
ISBN: 1775100936
Rating: 4.0/5 (36 downloads)

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End of Oblivion: The Great Deceit and Why We Need to Reclaim Our Spiritual Evolution is an informal overview of the current state of humanity and the world, and delves into how our perceptions of reality have been drastically distorted to the point where the majority of the population cannot perceive distortion any longer. Deceit is present in every area of our lives, but beneath these secular manifestations, deeper metaphysical undercurrents are interlacing with our spiritual, evolutionary direction. Armed with a wealth of factual evidence as well as personal observations, the author puts forth a compelling explanation as to who is really behind this great deceit and offers choices on how to break free for those curious enough to ponder. It is time to remove our blindfolds, to consciously choose our path, and to reclaim the true purpose of our being - our spiritual evolution. The book reflects on the Law of One material.

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Bread and Circuses

Author: Patrick Brantlinger
Publsiher: Cornell University Press
Total Pages: 312
Release: 2016-11-01
Genre: History
ISBN: 1501707639
Rating: 4.7/5 (39 downloads)

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Lively and well written, Bread and Circuses analyzes theories that have treated mass culture as either a symptom or a cause of social decadence. Discussing many of the most influential and representative theories of mass culture, it ranges widely from Greek and Roman origins, through Marx, Nietzsche, Freud, Ortega y Gasset, T. S. Eliot, and the theorists of the Frankfurt Institute, down to Marshall McLuhan and Daniel Bell, Brantlinger considers the many versions of negative classicism and shows how the belief in the historical inevitability of social decay—a belief today perpetuated by the mass media themselves—has become the dominant view of mass culture in our time. While not defending mass culture in its present form, Brantlinger argues that the view of culture implicit in negative classicism obscures the question of how the media can best be used to help achieve freedom and enlightenment on a truly democratic basis.

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Public Interest in Broadcasting

Author: United States. Congress. House. Committee on Energy and Commerce. Subcommittee on Telecommunications and Finance
Total Pages: 396
Release: 1991
Genre: Broadcasting policy
Rating: 4./5 ( downloads)

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Media in America

Author: Douglas Gomery
Publsiher: Woodrow Wilson Center Press
Total Pages: 324
Release: 1998
Genre: Mass media
ISBN: 9780943875873
Rating: 4.3/5 (758 downloads)

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Twenty outstanding essays from the engaging and readable Wilson Quarterly magazine illuminate journalism, entertainment, and the cultural underpinnings of modern communications. Media in America's sections cover literacy, popular culture, and advertising; news and politics; movies and music; and television and new media technologies. A natural for classes in journalism and media studies, Media in America: The Wilson Quarterly Reader includes the best and most relevant material from twenty years of the Wilson Quarterly, adds one original article, and offers bibliographic essays indicating additional reading in all areas of media studies.

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Beautiful TV

Author: Greg M. Smith
Publsiher: University of Texas Press
Total Pages: 285
Release: 2009-03-06
Genre: Performing Arts
ISBN: 9780292777842
Rating: 4.2/5 (778 downloads)

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During its five-year run from 1997 to 2002, the popular TV show Ally McBeal engaged viewers in debates over what it means to be a woman or a man in the modern workplace; how romance factors into the therapeutic understanding of relationships; what value eccentricity has and how much oddity society should tolerate; and what utility fantasy has in the pragmatic world. In addition to these social concerns, however, Ally McBeal stood out for being well-constructed, narratively complex, and stylistically rich—in short, beautiful TV. Starting from the premise that much of television today is "drop-dead gorgeous" and that TV should be studied for its formal qualities as well as its social impact, Greg M. Smith analyzes Ally McBeal in terms of its aesthetic principles and narrative construction. He explores how Ally's innovative use of music, special effects, fantasy sequences, voiceovers, and flashbacks structures a distinctive fictional universe, while it also opens up new possibilities for televisual expression. Smith also discusses the complex narrative strategies that Ally's creator David E. Kelley used to develop a long-running storyline and shows how these serial narrative practices can help us understand a wide range of prime-time TV serials. By taking seriously the art and argument of Ally McBeal, Beautiful TV conclusively demonstrates that aesthetic and narrative analysis is an indispensable key for unlocking the richness of contemporary television.

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How to Read a Film

Author: James Monaco
Publsiher: Oxford University Press
Total Pages: 736
Release: 2009-05-08
Genre: Performing Arts
ISBN: 0199763593
Rating: 4.3/5 (93 downloads)

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Richard Gilman referred to How to Read a Film as simply "the best single work of its kind." And Janet Maslin in The New York Times Book Review marveled at James Monaco's ability to collect "an enormous amount of useful information and assemble it in an exhilaratingly simple and systematic way." Indeed, since its original publication in 1977, this hugely popular book has become the definitive source on film and media. Now, James Monaco offers a special anniversary edition of his classic work, featuring a new preface and several new sections, including an "Essential Library: One Hundred Books About Film and Media You Should Read" and "One Hundred Films You Should See." As in previous editions, Monaco once again looks at film from many vantage points, as both art and craft, sensibility and science, tradition and technology. After examining film's close relation to other narrative media such as the novel, painting, photography, television, and even music, the book discusses the elements necessary to understand how films convey meaning, and, more importantly, how we can best discern all that a film is attempting to communicate. In addition, Monaco stresses the still-evolving digital context of film throughout--one of the new sections looks at the untrustworthy nature of digital images and sound--and his chapter on multimedia brings media criticism into the twenty-first century with a thorough discussion of topics like virtual reality, cyberspace, and the proximity of both to film. With hundreds of illustrative black-and-white film stills and diagrams, How to Read a Film is an indispensable addition to the library of everyone who loves the cinema and wants to understand it better.

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Author: Francesca de Châtel
Publsiher: Routledge
Total Pages: 316
Release: 2004-08-02
Genre: Business & Economics
ISBN: 113547608X
Rating: 4.6/5 (8 downloads)

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Investigates the current state of selling, whether this is groceries, politicians, information or motorcars. Unlike any other phenomenon, retailization reflects the complexity and diffusion of information processes and the media in the online market. The authors explore the all-pervasive nature of retail in the physical world, the virtual world and the peripheral spaces in between. Coverage includes: interviews with Asda, MOMA, the Tate Modern, Wal-Mart, Sony, Habitat, Manchester United and Volkswagen, while Bill Mitchell, Dean of Architecture at MIT, architects Jon Jerde, Rem Koolhas and Ben van Berkel, as well as David Peek, psychologist behind the Bluewater Shopping Mall, are all individually interviewed.