Media Matrix: Sexing the New Reality

Overview


This critique explores the effect of today's global media on contemporary ideas and experiences of sex, screen, identity, and representation from Sex and the City to discussions of sexuality and the self, from Breillat's film Romance to Harlequin romances, from reality TV to cyber porn, and from celebrity to censorship. The changes brought about by new forms of representation and reality are explored, and the media's ambiguous relationship to radical change in the way sexuality appears on screen is questioned. ...
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Overview


This critique explores the effect of today's global media on contemporary ideas and experiences of sex, screen, identity, and representation from Sex and the City to discussions of sexuality and the self, from Breillat's film Romance to Harlequin romances, from reality TV to cyber porn, and from celebrity to censorship. The changes brought about by new forms of representation and reality are explored, and the media's ambiguous relationship to radical change in the way sexuality appears on screen is questioned. Such questions as Has reality TV affected the way viewers think about sex and relationships? Now that pornography has entered the mainstream, can we still say porn offers an alternative view of sex? Does Sex and the City really challenge every taboo known to society? and Why do women enjoy writing slash fiction? are addressed. Also examined are the breakdown between public and private and the question of what constitutes the true representation of sexuality and the self in the new global public domain.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781865089263
  • Publisher: Allen & Unwin Pty., Limited
  • Publication date: 4/28/2004
  • Pages: 224
  • Lexile: 1350L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.63 (d)

Meet the Author


Barbara Creed is an associate professor of cinema studies in the school of fine arts at the University of Melbourne. A well-known film critic and media commentator, she has been the Age film reviewer for three years and an ABC film critic for the past decade. She is the author of The Monstrous-Feminine and the coeditor of both Body Trade and Don't Shoot Darling!. Her work has been widely published in international journals such as Camera Obscura, New Formations, and Screen.
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
Introduction 1
1 Film and fantasy: the perverse gaze 13
2 Big Brother: peep shows to reality TV 30
3 Television and taboo: the limits of Sex and the City 43
4 Women and post-porn: Romance to Annie Sprinkle 58
5 The full monty: postmodern men and the media 78
6 Mills & Boon dot com: the beast in the bedroom 97
7 Cybersex: from television to teledildonics 115
8 Queering the media: a gay gaze 136
9 The cyberstar: digital pleasures and the new reality 159
10 Crisis TV: terrorism and trauma 174
11 The global self and the new reality 191
Index 205
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