Consuming Youth: Vampires, Cyborgs, and the Culture of Consumption

Consuming Youth: Vampires, Cyborgs, and the Culture of Consumption

by Robert Latham
     
 


From the novels of Anne Rice to The Lost Boys, from The Terminator to cyberpunk science fiction, vampires and cyborgs have become strikingly visible figures within American popular culture, especially youth culture. In Consuming Youth, Rob Latham explains why, showing how fiction, film, and other media deploy these ambiguous monsters to embodySee more details below

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From the novels of Anne Rice to The Lost Boys, from The Terminator to cyberpunk science fiction, vampires and cyborgs have become strikingly visible figures within American popular culture, especially youth culture. In Consuming Youth, Rob Latham explains why, showing how fiction, film, and other media deploy these ambiguous monsters to embody and work through the implications of a capitalist system in which youth both consume and are consumed. Arguing that contemporary images of vampires and cyborgs illuminate the contradictory processes of prosthetic empowerment and predatory exploitation that characterize the youth-consumer system, Latham offers detailed readings of major works of fiction, film, and cultural theory that centrally address issues related to youth, technology, and consumption.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780226468921
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
Publication date:
05/28/2002
Edition description:
1
Pages:
336
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.80(d)

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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Acknowledgments
INTRODUCTION
The Cybernetic Vampire of Consumer
Youth Culture
The Factory of the Code
Fordism, Post-Fordism, and Youth
Consuming Youth
ONE
Youth Fetishism: The Lost Boys
Cruise Mallworld
The Dual Metaphorics of Consumer Vampirism
The Trauma of Consumption
Vidkids Go Malling
Teen Idols, Fashion Victims, and Proletarian Shoppers
TWO
Dreams of Social Flying: The Yuppie-Slacker
Dialectic
Morbid Economies
The Phenomenology of Unbridled Consumption
Punk Nihilists and Donner Party Barbies
THREE
Voracious Androgynes: The Vampire
Lestat on MTV
Insatiable Narcissism
The Consuming Hungers of Ziggy Stardust
Two Queer Nations
FOUR
Microserfing the Third Wave: The Dark Side
of the Sunrise Industries
Postindustrialism and “Flexible” Capitalism
Homebrews and Burnouts in Silicon Valley
Modular Selves and Posthuman Consumers
FIVE
Fast Sofas and Cyborg Couch Potatoes:
Generation X on the Infobahn
Couch Commandos versus Zombie Systems
Bar-Coding Digital Youth
On the Road and On the Screen
Information Road Narratives
SIX
Teenage Mutant Cyborg Vampires:
Consumption As Prosthesis
Hacking the Codez of Digital Capitalism
Cyberpunks and Technopagans
Live-Wired Teen Idols and Pretty Boy Crossovers
Decadent Utopias of Hyperconsumerism
Notes
Index

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