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Knowledge Goes Pop: From Conspiracy Theory to Gossip
     

Knowledge Goes Pop: From Conspiracy Theory to Gossip

by Clare Birchall
 

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A voice on late-night radio tells you that a fast-food joint injects its food with drugs that make men impotent. A colleague asks if you think the FBI was in on 9/11. An alien abductee on the Internet claims extraterrestrials have planted a microchip in her left buttock. 'Julia Roberts in Porn Scandal' shouts the front page of a gossip mag. A spiritual healer claims

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A voice on late-night radio tells you that a fast-food joint injects its food with drugs that make men impotent. A colleague asks if you think the FBI was in on 9/11. An alien abductee on the Internet claims extraterrestrials have planted a microchip in her left buttock. 'Julia Roberts in Porn Scandal' shouts the front page of a gossip mag. A spiritual healer claims he can cure chronic fatigue syndrome with the energizing power of crystals...What do you believe?

Knowledge Goes Pop examines the popular knowledges that saturate our everyday experience. We make this information and then it shapes the way we see the world. How valid is it when compared to official knowledge and why does such (mis)information cause so much institutional anxiety? Knowledge Goes Pop examines the range of knowledge, from conspiracy theory to plain gossip, and its role and impact in our culture.

About the Author:
Clare Birchall is Senior Lecturer at Middlesex University

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Lawrence Grossberg

An incisive and insightful analysis of both sides of the line dividing cultural criticism from popular knowledge.
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“An incisive and insightful analysis of both sides of the line dividing cultural criticism from popular knowledge.” —Lawrence Grossberg

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781845201425
Publisher:
Bloomsbury Academic
Publication date:
10/31/2006
Series:
Culture Machine Series
Edition description:
REV
Pages:
192
Product dimensions:
6.11(w) x 9.57(h) x 0.70(d)

Meet the Author

Clare Birchall is Senior Lecturer at Middlesex University.

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