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By William Irwin

Designed for philosophers in addition to readers with out specific philosophical heritage, the essays during this full of life ebook are grouped into 4 a laugh acts. Act One appears on the 4 Seinfeld characters via a philosophical lens and comprises Jerry and Socrates: The tested lifestyles? Act examines ancient philosophers from a Seinfeldian perspective and provides Plato or Nietzsche? Time, Essence, and everlasting Recurrence in Seinfeld. Act 3, premature Meditations by way of the Water Cooler, explores philosophical matters raised via the express, similar to, Is it rational for George to do the other? And Act 4, Is There something unsuitable with That?, discusses moral difficulties of way of life utilizing Seinfeld as a foundation. Seinfeld and Philosophy additionally offers a advisor to Seinfeld episodes and a chronological checklist of the philosophers stated during this book.

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By Sabine Hake

Too usually disregarded as escapist leisure or vilified as mass manipulation, well known cinema within the 3rd Reich was once actually sustained by way of well-established commonly used conventions, cultural traditions, aesthetic sensibilities, social practices, and a hugely built big name system—not in contrast to its Hollywood counterpart within the Thirties. This pathfinding learn contributes to the continuing reassessment of 3rd Reich cinema via studying it as a social, cultural, monetary, and political perform that frequently conflicted with, contradicted, and compromised the intentions of the Propaganda Ministry. however, by way of offering the semblance of a public sphere most likely freed from politics, renowned cinema helped to maintain the Nazi regime, particularly throughout the battle years.

Rather than interpreting 3rd Reich cinema via overdetermined different types comparable to propaganda, ideology, or fascist aesthetics, Sabine Hake concentrates at the constituent parts shared via preferred cinemas: well-known stars, administrators, and studios; motion picture audiences and exhibition practices; well known genres and new developments in set layout; the reception of international movies; the function of movie feedback; and the illustration of ladies. She will pay targeted awareness to the compelled coordination of the in 1933, the altering calls for on cinema throughout the warfare years, and many of the methods of coming to phrases with those filmic legacies after the warfare. all through, Hake's findings underscore the continuities between Weimar, 3rd Reich, and post-1945 West German cinema. additionally they emphasize the codevelopment of German and different nationwide cinemas, particularly the dominant Hollywood model.

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Download E-books Deluxe: How Luxury Lost Its Luster PDF

By Dana Thomas

As soon as luxurious used to be on hand purely to the rarefied and aristocratic international of outdated funds and royalty. It provided a historical past of culture, stronger caliber, and a pampered procuring adventure. at the present time, even though, luxurious is just a product packaged and offered by means of multibillion-dollar international agencies taken with development, visibility, model know-how, ads, and, notably, gains. Award-winning journalist Dana Thomas digs deep into the darkish aspect of the luxurious to discover all of the secrets and techniques that Prada, Gucci, and Burberry don?t wish us to understand. Deluxe is an uncompromising glance at the back of the modern façade that may enthrall an individual attracted to style, finance, or tradition.

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Download E-books Star Trek and History (Wiley Pop Culture and History Series) PDF

A consultant to the historical past that informs the realm of Star Trek—just in time for the subsequent JJ Abrams Star Trek movie

For a chain set in our destiny, Star Trek revisits the earlier consistently. Kirk and Spock conflict Nazis, Roman gladiators, and witness the good melancholy. while they are not doubling again all alone previous timelines, the group makes use of the holodeck to spend time within the American outdated West or Victorian England. Alien races have their very own complicated and engaging histories, too.

The Star Trek universe is a sci-fi imagining of a destiny global that's rooted in our personal human heritage. Gene Roddenberry created a tv convey with a brand new international and new ideas so one can touch upon social and political problems with the Nineteen Sixties, from the Vietnam struggle and race family members to the battle on terror and women's rights. Later Star Trek sequence and flicks additionally grapple with the problems in their personal a long time: HIV, ecological threats, the cave in of the Soviet Union, and terrorism.

How did Uhura spur real-life gender and racial swap within the Nineteen Sixties? Is Kirk inextricably associated with the legendary outdated West? What background do the Klingons proportion with the Soviet Union? Can Nazi Germany make clear the historical past and tradition of the Cardassians? Star Trek and History explains how the holodeck is as a lot a resource for leisure because it is a ancient instructing software, how a lot of the expertise we take pleasure in at the present time had its conceptual roots in Star Trek, and the way through taking a look at Norse mythology we will locate our personal Q.

  • Features an unique interview with Nichelle Nichols, the actress in the back of the unique Lt. Uhura, performed on the nationwide Air and house Museum
  • Explains the historic concept in the back of a few of the show's alien races and storylines
  • Covers subject matters starting from how stellar cartography dates again to old Rome, Greece, and Babylonia to how our ""Great Books"" of western literature remain an enormous impact to Star Trek's characters of the future
  • Includes a timeline evaluating the stardates of Star Trek's timeline to our personal genuine international history

Filled with interesting old comparisons, Star Trek and History is a necessary spouse for each Star Trek fan.

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By Richard Dyer

Only Entertainment explores leisure as entertainment, asking how and no matter if an emphasis at the primacy of delight units it except other kinds of art.
Dyer makes a speciality of the genres such a lot linked to leisure, from musicals to motion video clips, disco to porn. He examines the character of leisure in video clips equivalent to The Sound of Music and Speed, and argues that leisure is a part of a 'common feel' that is regularly traditionally and culturally constructed.
This new version of Only Entertainment encompasses a revised advent and 5 new chapters on issues from serial killer video clips to Elizabeth Taylor. within the ultimate bankruptcy Dyer asks even if leisure as we all know it really is at the wane.

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By Liisa Ladouceur

Encyclopedia Gothica is a advisor via that shadowiest of subcultures: smooth Goths. It collects and defines greater than six hundred phrases and words utilized by those kids of the evening so you can also interact in conversations approximately deathhawks and rivetheads and who's extra u¨bergoth: Bela Lugosi or Robert Smith. Compiled via acclaimed Goth journalist and poet Liisa Ladouceur, it provides readers perception into the original vernacular of this interesting neighborhood, describing intimately and with black humour the style, track, and way of life in addition to sharing insider slang resembling child Bat, Corp Goth and the Gothic Two-Step, and the 1st ever Goth Band genealogy. From absinthe to zombies, it’s the Encyclopedia Gothica!

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By D. E. Wittkower

Neatly equipped, Mr. Monk and Philosophy makes use of philosophy to discover extra in regards to the fabulous obsessive-compulsive detective Adrian Monk. With the tips of history’s maximum thinkers, readers research who Monk relatively is, why he's the way in which he's, and what they could research from him. Chapters tackle such issues as Mr. Monk’s specified use of common sense, how each person makes use of their very own phobias and idiosyncrasies to navigate a threatening international, and what Monk says approximately what it potential to be a hero (albeit a incorrect one). Monk's relationships obtain specific cognizance: his commitment to his past due spouse, Trudy, teaches us approximately romantic partnership, whereas his relationships with Sharona and Natalie show the significance of friendship in facing sickness, demise, and tragedy.

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By D. E. Wittkower

The iPod is remodeling the lives of thousands, altering their courting to track and to one another. In iPod and Philosophy, 18 philosophers with various specialties and issues of view convey their services to undergo in this foreign cultural phenomenon. They discover such questions as how members turn into outlined by way of their iPods, what the shuffle function says in regards to the function of randomness in people's lives, and lots more and plenty more.

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Within the early days of Pong and Pac guy, games little greater than an idle hobby. this present day, games make up a multi-billion buck that opponents tv and picture.

The game Theory Reader brings jointly interesting new paintings at the many ways games are reshaping the face of leisure and our courting with know-how. Drawing upon examples from extensively well known video games starting from Space Invaders to Final myth IX and Combat Flight Simulator 2, the members talk about the connection among games and different media; the shift from 3rd- to first-person video games; players and the gaming neighborhood; and the real sociological, cultural, business, and fiscal concerns that encompass gaming.

The online game Theory Reader is the fundamental creation to a desirable and swiftly increasing new box of media reviews.

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By Richard Dyer

White individuals are no longer actually or symbolically white; nor are they uniquely virtuous and natural. Racial imagery and racial illustration are crucial to the employer of the modern international yet, whereas there are numerous stories of pictures of black and Asian humans, whiteness is an invisible racial place. on the point of racial illustration, whites aren't of a definite race. they're simply the human race, a 'colour' opposed to which different ethnicities are regularly examined.
In White, Richard Dyer appears past the plain unremarkability of whiteness and argues for the significance of analysing photographs of white humans. Dyer strains the illustration of whiteness via whites in Western visible tradition, targeting the mass media of images, ads, wonderful paintings, cinema and television.
Dyer examines the illustration of whiteness and the white physique within the contexts of Christianity, 'race' and colonialism. In a chain of soaking up case stories, he discusses the representations of whiteness in muscle-man motion cinema, from Italian 'peplum' videos to the Tarzan and Rambo sequence; exhibits the development of whiteness in images and cinema within the lighting fixtures of white and black faces, and analyses the illustration of white ladies in end-of-empire fictions reminiscent of The Jewel within the Crown, and lines the stressful organization of whiteness with loss of life, in vampire narratives and dystopian movies reminiscent of Blade Runner and the Aliens trilogy.

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