• Communication Media Studies
  • The riddle of Cantinflas: essays on Hispanic popular culture by Ilan Stavans

    By Ilan Stavans

    From one among our preferable cultural critics comes a provocative selection of essays on kitsch and excessive paintings within the Americas. Ilan Stavans examines the pleasant if torturous courting among a Europeanized elite and the hybrid plenty in a continent he sees as imprisoned within the labyrinth of id. In "Santa Selena," for instance, Stavans explores the beatification of the martyred Tejana singer within the context of yank pop iconography. His curiosity isn't in Selena's tragic demise yet within the methods her fanatics have grew to become her right into a heavenly physique, shaping her afterlife as an never-ending fiesta of religious and advertisement percentages. equally, Stavans's snap shots of Jos? Guadalupe Posada, Tina Modotti, Frida Kahlo, Sandra Cisneros, Cantinflas, and Carlos Fuentes are much less approximately those luminaries than approximately what humans have grew to become them into. His seek isn't for the idol yet for the idolater, and for methods within which expertise and the media refurbish fact. every now and then funny, frequently cautionary, continually incisive, this assortment is proof of Stavans's strength to move past universal assumptions and make us comprehend Mexican pop culture and its opposite numbers within the united states "I imagine he has the most effective grips round on what makes Spanish the US tick and he's so much delicate approximately its dating to the remainder of the world."--Gregory Rabassa

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  • Communication Media Studies
  • Hoax: Hitler's Diaries, Lincoln's Assassins, and Other by Edward Steers Jr., Joe Nickell

    By Edward Steers Jr., Joe Nickell

    Did a collector with a knack for making sensational discoveries relatively locate the 1st rfile ever published in the United States? Did Adolf Hitler truly pen a revealing multivolume set of diaries? Has Jesus of Nazareth's burial textile survived the a long time? Can the surprising actual account of Abraham Lincoln's assassination be present in misplaced pages from his murderer's diary?

    Napoleon famously saw that "history is a suite of lies agreed upon," and Edward Steers Jr. investigates six of the main notable frauds ever to realize huge reputation during this engrossing publication. Hoax examines the legitimacy of the Shroud of Turin, maybe the main hotly debated relic in all of Christianity, and the fossils alleged to make sure humanity's "missing link," the Piltdown guy. Steers additionally discusses extraordinary forgeries, the Hitler diaries and the "Oath of a Freeman," and recognized conspiracy theories alleging that Franklin D. Roosevelt had previous wisdom of the deliberate assault on Pearl Harbor and that the main points of Lincoln's assassination are recorded in lacking pages from John Wilkes Booth's journal.

    The controversies that Steers provides exhibit that there are significant elements thinking about the good fortune of a hoax or forgery -- greed and the need to think. although the entire counterfeits and conspiracies featured in Hoax were scientifically debunked, a few stay mounted in lots of people's minds as fact. As Steers issues out, the luck of those frauds highlights a hectic truth: If actual heritage fails to entertain the general public, it's more likely to be neglected or forgotten.

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  • Communication Media Studies
  • The Media and the Military: From the Crimea to Desert Strike by Peter Young, Peter Jesser (auth.)

    By Peter Young, Peter Jesser (auth.)

    The first entire learn of the contentious factor of the public's correct to grasp in time of conflict or restricted clash. The publication lines the uneasy relatives among the army and a typically unprepared and gullible media, from the Crimea to the current day. It indicates how the arrival of nuclear war has outlawed the nationalistic wars of survival of the previous, and freed the citizen from his age-old tasks in time of battle, in a position to make up his or her personal brain at the benefits of the location. it truly is right here that the conflict lies, within the fight for public opinion as an important precursor to conflict. This booklet info how the army found the key of media and public manipulation within the Falklands, established it in Grenada, and sophisticated it in Panama sooner than deploying it in all its glory throughout the Gulf. This publication is vital examining for each soldier and journalist, or any scholar of army historical past because it issues easy methods to the future.

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  • Communication Media Studies
  • The Social History of Art: Renaissance, Mannerism, Baroque by Arnold Hauser

    By Arnold Hauser

    First released in 1951, Arnold Hauser's commanding paintings offers an account of the improvement and that means of artwork, from its origins within the Stone Age via to the ''Film Age.'' This new version of a vintage paintings explores historic and social hobbies and the results those have had at the construction of art--the centrality of sophistication and sophistication fight, the cultural roles of ideologies and the picking impression of modes of financial improvement. There are a hundred and forty four illustrations in the 4 volumes and every quantity has a brand new common advent by way of Jonathan Harris which strains the heritage of Hauser's venture, discusses the relevance of the paintings for artwork heritage this day, presents a synopsis of Hauser's narrative, and provides a serious advisor that highlights significant topics, traits and arguments.

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  • Communication Media Studies
  • America Calling: A Social History of the Telephone to 1940 by Claude S. Fischer

    By Claude S. Fischer

    The phone looms huge in our lives, as ever found in sleek societies as automobiles and tv. Claude Fischer provides the 1st social historical past of this important yet little-studied technology--how we encountered, demonstrated, and finally embraced it with enthusiasm. utilizing phone advertisements, oral histories, phone correspondence, and statistical facts, Fischer's paintings is a colourful exploration of ways, while, and why american citizens all started speaking during this notably new manner.Studying 3 California groups, Fischer uncovers how the phone grew to become built-in into the personal worlds and group actions of ordinary americans within the first a long time of this century. girls have been in particular avid of their use, a phenomenon which the first vigorously discouraged after which later wholeheartedly promoted. many times Fischer unearths that the phone supported a wide-ranging community of social relatives and performed a very important position in neighborhood lifestyles, particularly for ladies, from organizing kid's relationships and church actions to assuaging the loneliness and tedium of rural life.Deftly written and meticulously researched, the US Calling provides an enormous new bankruptcy to the social heritage of our kingdom and illuminates a basic element of cultural modernism that's fundamental to modern existence.

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  • Communication Media Studies
  • A V A to Z: An Encyclopedic Dictionary of Media, by Richard W. Kroon

    By Richard W. Kroon

    Defining greater than 10,000 phrases and words from daily slang to technical phrases and ideas, this dictionary of the audiovisual language embraces greater than 50 topic components inside of movie, tv, and residential leisure. It contains phrases from the whole lifecycle of an audiovisual paintings from preliminary notion via advertisement presentation in all of the significant distribution channels together with theatrical exhibition, tv broadcast, domestic leisure, and cellular media. The dictionary definitions are augmented by means of greater than six hundred illustrations, 1,600 etymologies, and approximately 2,000 encyclopedic entries that supply illuminating anecdotes, old point of view, and clarifying information that may be overlooked by way of a extra conventional dictionary. utilization notes offer extra assistance the place phrases could be stressed or are often misused.

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  • Communication Media Studies
  • The Female Grotesque: Risk, Excess and Modernity by Mary Russo

    By Mary Russo

    The gruesome - the exagggerated, the deformed, the big - has been a well-considered topic for college students of comparative literature and paintings. In an incredible addition to the literature of artwork, cultural feedback and feminist reports, Mary Russo re-examines the gruesome within the gentle of gender, exploring the works of Angela Carter David Cronenberg Bahktin Kristeva Freud Zizek. Mary Russo seems on the portrayal of the gruesome in Western tradition and through combining the iconographic and the old, locates the function of the woman's physique within the discourse of the ugly.

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  • Communication Media Studies
  • Cultural Work: Understanding the Cultural Industries by Andrew Beck

    By Andrew Beck

    Cultural paintings examines the stipulations of the creation of tradition. It maps the replaced personality of labor in the cultural and inventive industries, examines the expanding variety of cultural paintings and gives new tools for analysing and wondering cultural offices. learning tv, renowned tune, functionality paintings, radio, movie construction and concert it bargains occupational biographies, cultural histories, practitioners' facts, concerns of the commercial setting in addition to new methods of watching and learning the cultural industries.

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