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Media Culture in Transnational Asia - Convergences and Divergences (Paperback): Hyesu Park Media Culture in Transnational Asia - Convergences and Divergences (Paperback)
Hyesu Park; Contributions by Maya Dodd, Hyesu Park, Rea Amit, Shubhda Arora, …
R779 Discovery Miles 7 790 Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Before Bemberg - Women Filmmakers in Argentina (Paperback): Matt Losada Before Bemberg - Women Filmmakers in Argentina (Paperback)
Matt Losada
R768 Discovery Miles 7 680 Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Alternative Realities (Paperback): Carl Plantinga Alternative Realities (Paperback)
Carl Plantinga
R411 R331 Discovery Miles 3 310 Save R80 (19%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

From their very inception, movies have served two seemingly contradictory purposes. On one hand, they transport us to fantastical worlds and display mind-boggling special effects. On the other, they can document actual events and immerse us in scenarios that feel so realistic, we might forget we are watching a work of fiction. Alternative Realities explores how these distinctions between cinematic fantasy and filmic realism are more porous than we might think. Through a close analysis of CGI-heavy blockbusters like Wonder Woman and Guardians of the Galaxy, it considers how even popular fantasies are grounded in emotional and social realities. Conversely, it examines how mockumentaries like This is Spinal Tap satirically call attention to the highly stylized techniques documentarians use to depict reality. Alternative Realities takes us on a journey through many different genres of film, from the dream-like and subjective realities depicted in movies like Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind and Memento, to the astonishing twists of movies like Shutter Island and The Matrix, which leave viewers in a state of epistemic uncertainty. Ultimately, it shows us how the power of cinema comes from the unique way it fuses together the objective and the subjective, the fantastical and the everyday.

Life after Privacy - Reclaiming Democracy in a Surveillance Society (Paperback): Firmin DeBrabander Life after Privacy - Reclaiming Democracy in a Surveillance Society (Paperback)
Firmin DeBrabander
R584 Discovery Miles 5 840 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Privacy is gravely endangered in the digital age, and we, the digital citizens, are its principal threat, willingly surrendering it to avail ourselves of new technology, and granting the government and corporations immense power over us. In this highly original work, Firmin DeBrabander begins with this premise and asks how we can ensure and protect our freedom in the absence of privacy. Can-and should-we rally anew to support this institution? Is privacy so important to political liberty after all? DeBrabander makes the case that privacy is a poor foundation for democracy, that it is a relatively new value that has been rarely enjoyed throughout history-but constantly persecuted-and politically and philosophically suspect. The vitality of the public realm, he argues, is far more significant to the health of our democracy, but is equally endangered-and often overlooked-in the digital age.

Genre Studies in Mass Media: A Handbook - A Handbook (Paperback, New): Art Silverblatt Genre Studies in Mass Media: A Handbook - A Handbook (Paperback, New)
Art Silverblatt
R1,065 Discovery Miles 10 650 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

The study of various types of programming is essential for critical analysis of the media and also offers revealing perspectives on society's cultural values, preoccupations, behavior, and myths. This handbook provides a systematic, in-depth approach to the study of media genres - including reality programs, game shows, situation comedies, soap operas, film noir, news programs, and more. The author addresses such questions as: Have there been shifts in the formula of particular genres over time? What do these shifts reveal about changes in culture? How and why do new genres - such as reality TV shows - appear? Are there differences in genres from one country to another? Combining theoretical approaches with concrete examples, the book reinforces one's understanding of the importance of genre to the creation, evolution, and consumption of media content. Each chapter in this reader-friendly book contains a detailed discussion of one of the theoretical approaches to genre studies, followed by Lines of Inquiry, which summarizes the major points of the discussion and suggests directions for analysis and further study. Each chapter also includes an example that illustrates how the particular theoretical approach can be applied in the analysis of genre. The author's careful linkage of different genres to the real world makes the book widely useful for those interested in genre study as well as media and culture, television studies, film studies, and media literacy.

Penal Populism (Hardcover): John Pratt Penal Populism (Hardcover)
John Pratt
R2,825 Discovery Miles 28 250 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Expertly drawing on international examples and existing literature, Penal Populism closes a gap in the field of criminology. In this fascinating expose of current crime policy, John Pratt examines the role played by penal populism on trends in contemporary penal policy. Penal populism is associated with the public's decline of deference towards criminals and paranoia that crime is out of control. Pratt argues that new media technology is helping to spread national insecurities and politicians are not only encouraging such sentiments but are also being led on by them. Pratt explains it is having most influence in the development of policy on sex offenders, youth crime, persistent criminals and anti-social behaviour. Perhaps explaining why in many Western countries prisons rates have soared while crime rates have been declining. This topical resource also covers new dimensions of the phenomenon, including: the changing nature and structure of the mass media; less reliance on the more orthodox expertise of civil servants and academics; and, limitations to the impact of populism, bureaucratic resistance from judges, lawyers and academics and the restorative justice movement. in criminology and crime policy.

NGOs as Newsmakers - The Changing Landscape of International News (Paperback): Matthew Powers NGOs as Newsmakers - The Changing Landscape of International News (Paperback)
Matthew Powers
R689 R602 Discovery Miles 6 020 Save R87 (13%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

As traditional news outlets' international coverage has waned, several prominent nongovernmental organizations have taken on a growing number of seemingly journalistic functions. Groups such as Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, and Medecins Sans Frontieres send reporters to gather information and provide analysis and assign photographers and videographers to boost the visibility of their work. Digital technologies and social media have increased the potential for NGOs to communicate directly with the public, bypassing traditional gatekeepers. But have these efforts changed and expanded traditional news practices and coverage-and are there consequences to blurring the lines between reporting and advocacy? In NGOs as Newsmakers, Matthew Powers analyzes the growing role NGOs play in shaping-and sometimes directly producing-international news. Drawing on interviews, observations, and content analysis, he charts the dramatic growth in NGO news-making efforts, examines whether these efforts increase the organizations' chances of garnering news coverage, and analyzes the effects of digital technologies on publicity strategies. Although the contemporary media environment offers NGOs greater opportunities to shape the news, Powers finds, it also subjects them to news-media norms. While advocacy groups can and do provide coverage of otherwise ignored places and topics, they are still dependent on traditional media and political elites and influenced by the expectations of donors, officials, journalists, and NGOs themselves. Through an unprecedented glimpse into NGOs' newsmaking efforts, Powers portrays the possibilities and limits of NGOs as newsmakers amid the transformations of international news, with important implications for the intersections of journalism and advocacy.

Digital Citizenship in a Datafied Society (Paperback): Arne Hintz, Lina Dencik, Karin Wahl-Jorgensen Digital Citizenship in a Datafied Society (Paperback)
Arne Hintz, Lina Dencik, Karin Wahl-Jorgensen
R435 Discovery Miles 4 350 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Digitization has transformed the way we interact with our social, political and economic environments. While it has enhanced the potential for citizen agency, it has also enabled the collection and analysis of unprecedented amounts of personal data. This requires us to fundamentally rethink our understanding of digital citizenship, based on an awareness of the ways in which citizens are increasingly monitored, categorized, sorted and profiled. Drawing on extensive empirical research, Digital Citizenship in a Datafied Society offers a new understanding of citizenship in an age defined by data collection and processing. The book traces the social forces that shape digital citizenship by investigating regulatory frameworks, mediated public debate, citizens' knowledge and understanding, and possibilities for dissent and resistance.

Stars and Stardom in Brazilian Cinema (Hardcover): Tim Bergfelder, Lisa Shaw, Joao Luiz Viera Stars and Stardom in Brazilian Cinema (Hardcover)
Tim Bergfelder, Lisa Shaw, Joao Luiz Viera
R2,871 R2,562 Discovery Miles 25 620 Save R309 (11%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Despite the recent explosion of scholarly interest in "star studies," Brazilian film has received comparatively little attention. As this volume demonstrates, however, the richness of Brazilian stardom extends well beyond the ubiquitous Carmen Miranda. Among the studies assembled here are fascinating explorations of figures such as Eliane Lage (the star attraction of Sao Paulo's Vera Cruz studios), cult horror movie auteur Coffin Joe, and Lazaro Ramos, the most visible Afro-Brazilian actor today. At the same time, contributors interrogate the inner workings of the star system in Brazil, from the pioneering efforts of silent-era actresses to the recent advent of the non-professional movie star.

Sports-Talk Radio in America - Its Context and Culture (Hardcover): Frank Hoffmann, Jack M. Dempsey, Martin J. Manning Sports-Talk Radio in America - Its Context and Culture (Hardcover)
Frank Hoffmann, Jack M. Dempsey, Martin J. Manning
R3,088 Discovery Miles 30 880 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

An inside look at the hosts, hot spots, and history of sports-talk radio Sports-Talk Radio in America looks at major-, medium-, and small-market stations across the United States that feature an all-sports format, with a focus on the unique personalities and programming strategies that make each station successful. Broadcasters, journalists, and academics provide insight on how and why this media phenomenon has become an important influence of American culture, examining the "guy talk" broadcasting approach, the traditional sports-emphasis approach, "HSOs" (hot sports opinions), localism in broadcasting, how sports talk radio builds "communities" of listeners, and how reckless, on-air comments can actually build ratings. For better of worse, millions of (mostly) male listeners indulge their obsession with sports to the exclusion of virtually everything else available on the radio dial-music, news, and political talk. This unique book examines how this "niche of the niche" has formed a bond between its hosts and their rabid, passionate, and loyal audiences, spinning the dial from the largest, best-known stations in big-league markets to smaller stations in Collegetown, USA, including Philadelphia's WIP, "The Ticket," KTCK in Dallas, WEEI in Boston, "The Team," WQTM in Orlando, KJR in Seattle, KOZN "The Zone" Omaha, Nebraska, WGR and WNSA in Buffalo, Kansas City's WHB, and "The Fan," WFAN in New York, the first all-sports radio station and the blueprint for the format. Sports-Talk Radio in America puts you in the studio with Mike and the Mad Dog, Angelo Cataldi, Howard Eskin, "The Musers" ("Junior" Miller and George Dunham), Norm Hitges, John Dennis and Gerry Callahan, Dan Sileo, Howard Simon, and Art Wander. Sports-Talk Radio in America examines: how stations create an environment in which listeners become part of a social group (social-identity and self-categorization theories) personality-driven programming the station's commitment to local teams and their fans how exploring controversial topics beyond sports broadens station's appeal and attracts upscale, affluent audience how an abundance of live, play-by-play broadcasting, creating plenty of available content college sports in a town without a major professional sports team how local sports is framed by hosts and callers the conflicted relationship between sports-talk radio and the print media and much more! Sports-Talk Radio in America is a must-read for academics and professionals working in radio-television and popular culture.

A Democratic Enlightenment - The Reconciliation Image, Aesthetic Education, Possible Politics (Paperback): Morton Schoolman A Democratic Enlightenment - The Reconciliation Image, Aesthetic Education, Possible Politics (Paperback)
Morton Schoolman
R741 Discovery Miles 7 410 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

In A Democratic Enlightenment Morton Schoolman proposes aesthetic education through film as a way to redress the political violence inflicted on difference that society constructs as its racialized, gendered, Semitic, and sexualized other. Drawing on Voltaire, Diderot, and Schiller, Schoolman reconstructs the genealogical history of what he calls the reconciliation image-a visual model of a democratic ideal of reconciliation he then theorizes through Whitman's prose and poetry and Adorno's aesthetic theory. Analyzing The Help (2011) and Gentleman's Agreement (1947), Schoolman shows how film produces a more advanced image of reconciliation than those originally created by modernist artworks. Each film depicts violence toward racial and ethnic difference while also displaying a reconciliation image that aesthetically educates the public about how the violence of constructing difference as otherness can be overcome. Mounting a democratic enlightenment, the reconciliation image in film illuminates a possible politics for challenging the rise of nationalism's violence toward differences in all their diversity.

Readings in Law and Popular Culture (Hardcover): Steven Greenfield, Guy Osborn Readings in Law and Popular Culture (Hardcover)
Steven Greenfield, Guy Osborn
R3,221 Discovery Miles 32 210 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Readings in Law and Popular Culture is the first book to bring together high quality research, with an emphasis on context, from key researchers working at the cutting-edge of both law and cultural disciplines.

Fascinating and varied, the volume crosses many boundaries, dealing with areas as diverse as football-based computer games, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, digital sampling in the music industry, the films of Sidney Lumet, football hooliganism, and Enid Blyton. These topics are linked together through the key thread of the role of, or the absence of, law - therefore providing a snapshot of significant work in the burgeoning field of law and popular culture.

Including important theoretical and truly innovative, relevant material, this contemporary text will enliven and inform a legal audience, and will also appeal to a much broader readership of people interested in this highly topical area.

The Silencing - How the Left is Killing Free Speech (Hardcover): Kirsten Powers The Silencing - How the Left is Killing Free Speech (Hardcover)
Kirsten Powers
R657 R594 Discovery Miles 5 940 Save R63 (10%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

*A New York Times bestseller!* Free speech and freedom of conscience have long been core American values. Yet a growing intolerance from the left side of the political spectrum is threatening Americans' ability to freely express beliefs without fear of retaliation. USA Today columnist and Fox News contributor Kirsten Powers calls it "The Silencing" Powers chronicles this forced march toward conformity in an expose of the illiberal tactics deployed to shut down debate on some of the most important issues of the day. How is it that liberalism, once associated with open-mindedness and reason, has become a vehicle for irrational prejudice, ideological conformity, and the marginalization of dissent? What is happening to free speech in America?

Television Studies (Paperback, 2nd Edition): Jonathan Gray, Amanda D Lotz Television Studies (Paperback, 2nd Edition)
Jonathan Gray, Amanda D Lotz
R461 Discovery Miles 4 610 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Television Studies provides an overview of the origins, central ideas, and intellectual traditions of this exciting field. What have been the primary areas of inquiry in television studies? Why and how did these areas develop? How have scholars studied them? How are they developing? What have been the discipline's key works? This book answers these questions by tracing the history of television studies right up to the digital present, surveying emerging scholarship, and addressing new questions about the field's relationship with the digital. The second edition includes an examination of how internet-distributed services such as Netflix have adjusted the stories, industrial practices, and audience experience of television. For all those wondering how to study television, or even why to study television, this new edition of Television Studies will provide a clear and engaging overview of key topics. The book works as a stand-alone introduction and, by placing key works in a broader context, can also provide an excellent basis for an entire course.

Bit by Bit - Social Research in the Digital Age (Paperback): Matthew J. Salganik Bit by Bit - Social Research in the Digital Age (Paperback)
Matthew J. Salganik
R657 R512 Discovery Miles 5 120 Save R145 (22%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

An innovative and accessible guide to doing social research in the digital age The rapid spread of social media, smartphones, and other digital wonders enables us to collect and process data about human behavior on a scale never before imaginable, offering entirely new approaches to core questions about social behavior. Bit by Bit is the key to unlocking these powerful methods. In this authoritative and accessible book, Matthew Salganik explains how the digital revolution is transforming the way social scientists observe behavior, ask questions, run experiments, and engage in mass collaborations. Featuring a wealth of real-world examples and invaluable advice on how to tackle the thorniest ethical challenges, Bit by Bit is the essential guide to doing social research in this fast-evolving digital age.

Media and the Make-Believe Worlds of Children - When Harry Potter Meets Pokemon in Disneyland (Hardcover): Maya Gotz, Dafna... Media and the Make-Believe Worlds of Children - When Harry Potter Meets Pokemon in Disneyland (Hardcover)
Maya Gotz, Dafna Lemish, Hyesung Moon, Amy Aidman
R3,342 Discovery Miles 33 420 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Media and the Make-Believe Worlds of Children offers new insights into children's descriptions of their invented or "make-believe" worlds, and the role that the children's experience with media plays in creating these worlds. Based on the results of a cross-cultural study conducted in the United States, Germany, Israel, and South Korea, it offers an innovative look at media's role on children's creative lives. This distinctive volume: *outlines the central debates and research findings in the area of children, fantasy worlds, and the media; *provides a descriptive account of children's make-believe worlds and their wishes for actions they would like to take in these worlds; *highlights the centrality of media in children's make believe worlds; *emphasizes the multiple creative ways in which children use media as resources in their environment to express their own inner worlds; and *suggests the various ways in which the tension between traditional gender portrayals that continue to dominate media texts and children's wishes to act are presented in their fantasies. The work also demonstrates the value of research in unveiling the complicated ways in which media are woven into the fabric of children's everyday lives, examining the creative and sophisticated uses they make of their contents, and highlighting the responsibility that producers of media texts for children have in offering young viewers a wide array of role models and narratives to use in their fantasies. An enclosed CD provides full-color images of the artwork produced during the study. This book will appeal to scholars and graduate students in children and media, early childhood education, and developmental psychology. It can be used in graduate level courses in these areas.

Media and the Make-Believe Worlds of Children - When Harry Potter Meets Pokemon in Disneyland (Paperback): Maya Gotz, Dafna... Media and the Make-Believe Worlds of Children - When Harry Potter Meets Pokemon in Disneyland (Paperback)
Maya Gotz, Dafna Lemish, Hyesung Moon, Amy Aidman
R947 Discovery Miles 9 470 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

"Media and the Make-Believe Worlds of Children" offers new insights into children's descriptions of their invented or "make-believe" worlds, and the role that the children's experience with media plays in creating these worlds. Based on the results of a cross-cultural study conducted in the United States, Germany, Israel, and South Korea, it offers an innovative look at media's role on children's creative lives.
This distinctive volume:
*outlines the central debates and research findings in the area of children, fantasy worlds, and the media;
*provides a descriptive account of children's make-believe worlds and their wishes for actions they would like to take in these worlds;
*highlights the centrality of media in children's make believe worlds;
*emphasizes the multiple creative ways in which children use media as resources in their environment to express their own inner worlds; and
*suggests the various ways in which the tension between traditional genderportrayals that continue to dominate media texts and children's wishes to act are presented in their fantasies.
The work also demonstrates the value of research in unveiling the complicated ways in which media are woven into the fabric of children's everyday lives, examining the creative and sophisticated uses they make of their contents, and highlighting the responsibility that producers of media texts for children have in offering young viewers a wide array of role models and narratives to use in their fantasies. An enclosed CD provides full-color images of the artwork produced during the study.
This book will appeal to scholars and graduate students in children and media, early childhood education, anddevelopmental psychology. It can be used in graduate level courses in these areas.

Online News and the Public (Paperback): Michael B. Salwen, Bruce Garrison, Paul D. Driscoll Online News and the Public (Paperback)
Michael B. Salwen, Bruce Garrison, Paul D. Driscoll
R1,162 Discovery Miles 11 620 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

This volume offers unique and timely insights on the state of online news, exploring the issues surrounding this convergence of print and electronic platforms, and the public's response to it. It provides an overview of online newspapers, including current trends and legal issues and covering issues of credibility and perceptions by online news users. The heart of the book is formed by empirical studies - mostly social surveys - coming out of the media effects and uses traditions. The chapters are grounded in theoretical frameworks and bring much-needed theory to the study of online news. The frameworks guiding these studies include media credibility, the third-person effect, media displacement, and uses and gratifications. The book ends with a section devoted to research on online news postings. This book is appropriate for scholars, researchers, and students in journalism, mass communication, new media, and related areas, and will be of interest to anyone examining how people use the web as a source for news.

Cyberhenge - Modern Pagans on the Internet (Paperback, New Ed): Douglas E. Cowan Cyberhenge - Modern Pagans on the Internet (Paperback, New Ed)
Douglas E. Cowan
R951 Discovery Miles 9 510 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

In Cyberhenge, Douglas E. Cowan brings together two fascinating and virually unavoidable phenomena of the postmodern world - the electronic environment of the Internet and the emerging world of contemporary Neopaganism - Wiccans and other witches, Druids, Goddess-worshipers and ceremonial magicians - the Internet provides an environment alive with possibilities for invention, innovation and imagination. Neopagans are not only using the Net to provide information and as a vehicle to develop and expand the frontiers of their religious experience. From online Sabbath rituals to an algorithmic I Ching for which one pays with electronically banked Karma Coins, from e-covens and cyber-groves where neophytes can learn everything from the Wiccan Rede to spellworking, to arguments over the validity of online ritual and the authenticity of one's magical lineage, neopaganism on the Internet is an ongoing experiment in the creation and recreation of postmodern religious traditions.

The Action and Adventure Cinema (Hardcover): Yvonne Tasker The Action and Adventure Cinema (Hardcover)
Yvonne Tasker
R3,122 Discovery Miles 31 220 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

This exciting collection addresses action and adventure from the silent to the contemporary period exploring diverse questions of aesthetics, industry and ideology. Action has established itself as one of the leading commercial genres of the New Hollywood cinema, generating extensive debate in the process.
Contributors consider how action might best be defined, how it has developed historically, and how it works formally. The critical reception and standing of action and adventure cinema is considered in relation to questions of national culture, violence and the 'art' of cinema.
Themes explored include genre and definitions; early action, sensation and melodrama; authorship and action; national and transnational action-adventure traditions; action aesthetics; spectacle and narrative; stars and bodies; class; gender; race and ethnicity.

Attempting to evaluate the significance of this type of filmmaking for both popular cinema and film studies, the book underlines the central place of action and adventure within film history.

Cherokee Newspapers, 1828-1906 - Tribal Voice of a People in Transition (Hardcover): Cullen Joe Holland Cherokee Newspapers, 1828-1906 - Tribal Voice of a People in Transition (Hardcover)
Cullen Joe Holland; Edited by James P. Pate
R1,307 Discovery Miles 13 070 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Indian journalism began at New Echota, Georgia, with the publication of the first issue of the "Cherokee Phoenix "on February 21, 1828. Amid the dynamic backdrop of increasing U.S. efforts to force American Indian tribes west, the "Phoenix "became the voice of the Cherokee people. Its editor, Elias Boudinot, insisted that the paper meet the highest standards and saw its purpose as a defender of Indian rights. To allow for the broadest possible readership, the "Cherokee Phoenix "was printed in both Cherokee and English. Facing the challenges of running a frontier newspaper, Boudinot consistently produced a quality publication.
In "Cherokee Newspapers, 1828-1906, "Cullen Joe Holland skillfully covers the growth of the "Phoenix," explains how the Cherokee font was acquired, and discusses problems the paper faced internally until its confiscation by the Georgia militia in 1834. He then picks up the story ten years later, after the Cherokees have lost their battle to remain in the east and have endured the forced migration to the newly established Cherokee Nation in the west. There, on September 26, 1844, the newspaper was reborn as the "Cherokee Advocate." Like the "Phoenix," it was again a voice for the Cherokee people. The "Advocate" was printed from 1844 to 1853 and from 1870 until it closed in 1906.
This remarkable history of Indian journalism includes photographs of many of the editors and printers of the" Cherokee Phoenix" and the "Cherokee Advocate." Together these two groundbreaking newspapers covered most of the issues the Cherokees faced during the nineteenth century--including removal, reconstruction, allotment, and Oklahoma statehood.

Narratives in Motion - Journalism and Modernist Events in 1920s Portugal (Hardcover): Luis Trindade Narratives in Motion - Journalism and Modernist Events in 1920s Portugal (Hardcover)
Luis Trindade
R2,864 R2,555 Discovery Miles 25 550 Save R309 (11%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Interwar Portugal was in many ways a microcosm of Europe's encounter with modernity: reshaped by industrialization, urban growth, and the antagonism between liberalism and authoritarianism, it also witnessed new forms of media and mass culture that transformed daily life. This fascinating study of newspapers in 1920s Portugal explores how the new "modernist reportage" embodied the spirit of the era while mediating some of its most spectacular episodes, from political upheavals to lurid crimes of passion. In the process, Luis Trindade illuminates the twofold nature of that journalism-both historical account and material object, it epitomized a distinctly modern entanglement of narrative and event.

Beyond Bollywood - The Cultural Politics of South Asian Diasporic Film (Paperback, New Ed): Jigna Desai Beyond Bollywood - The Cultural Politics of South Asian Diasporic Film (Paperback, New Ed)
Jigna Desai
R952 Discovery Miles 9 520 Ships in 10 - 15 working days


Beyond Bollywood is the first comprehensive look at the emergence, development, and significance of contemporary South Asian diasporic cinema. From a feminist and queer perspective, Jigna Desai explores the hybrid cinema of the 'Brown Atlantic' through a close look at films in English from and about South Asian diasporas in the United States, Canada, and Britain, including such popular films as My Beautiful Laundrette, Fire, Monsoon Wedding, and Bend it Like Beckham.

Soap, Sex, and Cigarettes - A Cultural History of American Advertising (Paperback, 2nd Revised edition): Juliann Sivulka Soap, Sex, and Cigarettes - A Cultural History of American Advertising (Paperback, 2nd Revised edition)
Juliann Sivulka
R1,018 R862 Discovery Miles 8 620 Save R156 (15%) Ships in 15 - 25 working days

"Soap, Sex And Cigarettes" examines how American advertising both mirrors society and creates it. From the first newspaper advertisement in colonial times to today's online viral advertising, the text explores how advertising grew in America, how products and brands were produced and promoted, and how advertisements and agencies reflect and introduce cultural trends and issues. The threads of art, industry, culture, and technology unify the work. The text is chronological in its organization and is lavishly illustrated with advertisements.

The Digital Condition (Paperback): Felix Stalder The Digital Condition (Paperback)
Felix Stalder; Translated by Valentine A Pakis
R445 Discovery Miles 4 450 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Our daily lives, our culture and our politics are now shaped by the digital condition as large numbers of people involve themselves in contentious negotiations of meaning in ever more dimensions of life, from the trivial to the profound. They are making use of the capacities of complex communication infrastructures, currently dominated by social mass media such as Twitter and Facebook, on which they have come to depend. Amidst a confusing plurality, Felix Stalder argues that are three key constituents of this condition: the use of existing cultural materials for one s own production, the way in which new meaning is established as a collective endeavour, and the underlying role of algorithms and automated decision-making processes that reduce and give shape to massive volumes of data. These three characteristics define what Stalder calls the digital condition . Stalder also examines the profound political implications of this new culture. We stand at a crossroads between post-democracy and the commons, a concentration of power among the few or a genuine widening of participation, with the digital condition offering the potential for starkly different outcomes. This ambitious and wide-ranging theory of our contemporary digital condition will be of great interest to students and scholars in media and communications, cultural studies, and social, political and cultural theory, as well as to a wider readership interested in the ways in which culture and politics are changing today.

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