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The Philosophy of Spike Lee (The Philosophy of Popular Culture)

By Mark T. Conard

Over his twenty-plus 12 months tenure in Hollywood, Spike Lee has produced a couple of debatable movies that unapologetically confront delicate social matters, really these of race relatives and discrimination. via his sincere portrayals of life's social hindrances, he demanding situations the general public to mirror at the world's difficulties and divisions. The cutting edge director created a reputation for himself with function movies akin to Do definitely the right Thing (1989) and Malcolm X (1992), and with documentaries reminiscent of 4 Little Girls (1997) and When the Levees Broke (2006), breaking with Hollywood's reliance on cultural stereotypes to painting African americans in a extra real looking gentle. The director keeps to provide poignant movies that deal with a few of sleek society's most crucial old activities and events.

In The Philosophy of Spike Lee, editor Mark T. Conard and a magnificent checklist of individuals delve into the wealthy philosophy at the back of this filmmaker's vast paintings. not just do they learn the foremost topics of race and discrimination that permeate Lee's productions, but in addition learn different philosophical rules which are present in his motion pictures, principles akin to the character of time, transcendence, ethical motivation, self-constitution, and justice. The authors concentrate on a number of educational disciplines that diversity from African American reports to literary and cultural feedback and Philosophy.

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The Beatles Encyclopedia: Everything Fab Four

This condensed paperback encyclopedia files the iconic cultural influence and musical legacy of the Beatles, delivering readers with a one-stop source to the Fab Four's compelling tale and breadth of achievements.

• presents an easy-to-use, single-volume condensed model of the hardcover version of Greenwood's The Beatles Encyclopedia: every thing Fab Four

• provides expansive, targeted information regarding the Beatles' lives and their iconic tune that secured their position in history

• Analyzes the Beatles' physique of labor, together with collective efforts and solo releases, and identifies the numerous humans, areas, and occasions that impacted their work

• features a chosen bibliography of print and digital assets which are available and necessary to scholars and normal readers alike

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The Rolling Stones and Philosophy: It's Just a Thought Away (Popular Culture and Philosophy Book 64)

From their commanding function within the so-called British Invasion of the early Nineteen Sixties to their prestige because the elder statesmen (and British Knight) of rock and roll, the Stones became greater than an evanescent phenomenon in popular culture. they've got develop into a touchstone not just for the heritage of our times—their functionality on the Altamont Raceway marked the "end of the sixties," whereas their 1990 live performance in Prague helped Czechoslovakia and different jap bloc international locations have fun their newfound freedom (and delight) out from lower than Moscow’s thumb. as a result of their toughness, the tune and profession of the Stones—much greater than The Beatles—stand as touchstones within the own lives of even informal Stones enthusiasts. every body of a definite age recollects the Stones on Ed Sullivan, the demise of founder Brian Jones, their favourite songs, concert events, or movies, and their stance within the vintage “Beatles as opposed to Stones” debates. within the wake of Keith Richards’s bestselling autobiography, Life (2010), many are actually reliving those occasions and a long time from the point of view of the band’s endearing and probably death-defying guitarist.

The chapters in The Rolling Stones and Philosophy rejoice the Stones’ position in our lives through digging into the controversies, the symbols, and meanings the band and its songs have for thus many. What may you suggest (and what did Mick suggest) by way of “sympathy for the Devil”? Did the Stones proportion any of the blame for the deaths at Altamont, as critic Lester Bangs charged they did in Rolling Stone journal? What theories of ethics and character lay in the back of the good-boy snapshot of the Beatles and the bad-boy popularity the Stones bought? If Keith Richards relatively had his blood changed 4 separate instances, does that make him a zombie? How do the Glimmer Twins aid us refine our knowing of friendship? Written by means of a dozen philosophers and students who adore the Rolling Stones not just for his or her track, this ebook turns into required analyzing for a person looking greatest pride from "the world's maximum rock and roll band."

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James Bond and Philosophy: Questions Are Forever (Popular Culture and Philosophy)

By James B. South

“Bond. James Bond.” seeing that Sean Connery first uttered that iconic word in Dr. No, a couple of zone of the world’s inhabitants has noticeable a 007 movie. Witty and urbane, Bond seduces and kills with equivalent ease — usually, it kind of feels, with equivalent enthusiasm. This enthusiasm, coupled along with his freedom to do what's forbidden to every body else, conjures up attention-grabbing philosophical questions. right here, 15 witty, thought-provoking essays talk about hidden concerns in Bond’s international, from his carnal pleasures to his license to kill. one of the energetic subject matters explored are Bond’s relation to existentialism, together with his commencement “beyond stable and evil”; his objectification of girls; the ambiguity of breaking the legislations with a purpose to eventually uphold it like all “stupid policeman”; the character of 007 by way of Plato’s ethical psychology; and the Hegelian quest for attractiveness evinced by way of Bond villains. A reference advisor to the entire Bond videos rounds out the book’s many pleasures.

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The Routledge Companion to Video Game Studies

The variety of guides facing online game reports has exploded over the process the decade, however the box has produced few finished reference works. The Routledge significant other to online game Studies, compiled by way of recognized online game students Mark J. P. Wolf and Bernard Perron, goals to handle the continuing theoretical and methodological improvement of online game experiences, delivering scholars, students, and online game designers with a definitive examine modern online game reports.

Features comprise:

  • comprehensive and interdisciplinary types and ways for examining games;
  • new views on games either as artwork shape and cultural phenomenon;
  • explorations of the technical and inventive dimensions of video games;
  • accounts of the political, social, and cultural dynamics of video games.

Each essay offers a full of life and succinct precis of its goal quarter, fast bringing the reader updated at the pertinent matters surrounding every one element of the sphere, together with references for extra examining. jointly, they supply an outline of the current country of online game experiences that might definitely turn out precious to pupil, student, and clothier alike.

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Star Wars and Philosophy: More Powerful Than You Can Possibly Imagine

By Kevin S. Decker, Jason T. Eberl

Inside of this booklet, you can be taken care of to mind-bending discussions of the next questions: Why do undesirable Sith almost always inform the reality and solid Jedi frequently inform lies? while is it justified to elevate a military through breeding clones? If The strength should have a gloomy part, how can the darkish facet be evil? Is Yoda a Stoic or a Zen grasp? Are droids people, entitled to civil rights?
Forget lightsabers and lengthy brown gowns - wisdom and knowing are, actually, the Jedi's most valuable possessions. The solutions are all the following; use them properly.

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Stripping, Sex, and Popular Culture (Dress, Body, Culture)

By Catherine M. Roach

On the middle of Stripping, intercourse, and pop culture lies a really own tale, of writer Catherine Roach's reaction to the choice of her life-long ally to turn into an unique dancer. Catherine and Marie grew up jointly in Canada and moved to america to join PhD courses at prestigious universities. for varied purposes, Marie left her software and as a substitute selected to paintings as a stripper. the writer, at the start stricken and but occupied with her friend's determination, follows Marie's trip into the area of stripping as an observer and analyst. She unearths that this global increases advanced questions about gender, sexuality, delusion, feminism, or even spirituality. relocating from first hand interviews with dancers and others, the ebook broadens right into a provocative and obtainable exam of the present acclaim for "striptease culture," with sex-saturated media imagery, thongs long gone mainstream, and stripper aerobics at your neighborhood gymnasium. Stripping, intercourse, and pop culture scrutinizes the bare fact of a profitable whose norms are more and more on the middle of latest society.

A Pdf model of this publication is out there at no cost in open entry through the Oapen Library platform, www.oapen.org

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Inside the Tardis: The Worlds of Doctor Who

By James Chapman

James Chapman's heritage of health care provider Who has been acclaimed by means of fanatics and students alike as a definitive booklet at the world's longest-running tv technological know-how fiction sequence. during this new version, released to mark the fiftieth anniversary of everyone's favorite Time Lord, Chapman has introduced the tale modern to incorporate the recent sequence of health care provider Who in addition to its spin offs Torchwood and The Sarah Jane Adventures.
With new chapters at the eras of showrunners Russell T. Davies and Steven Moffat, and the most recent incarnations of the healthcare professional in David Tennant and Matt Smith, this up-to-date version of contained in the Tardis exhibits how health care professional Who has triumphantly reinvented itself for the twenty-first century. Chapman maps the continuities with vintage surgeon Who, in addition to exploring how the sequence has developed to take account of latest institutional and cultural contexts. This re-creation is vital and relaxing studying for all these attracted to either the vintage sequence and its completely smooth reincarnation.

"The top evaluate of health practitioner Who that i've got ever read." - Andrew Pixley, healthcare professional Who Magazine

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