Probing Popular Culture: On and Off the Internet [NOOK Book]

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In Probing Popular Culture: On and Off the Internet, one of the leading authorities in American and popular culture studies presents an eye-opening examination of the Information Age's influence on what we do, how we live, and who we are. Dr. Marshall Fishwick, author of the textbooks Great Awakenings: Popular Religion and Popular Culture; Popular Culture: Cavespace to Cyberspace; and Popular Culture in a New Age focuses his penetrating gaze upon the impact of the cultural icons and events that color the fabric ...
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Probing Popular Culture: On and Off the Internet

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Overview

In Probing Popular Culture: On and Off the Internet, one of the leading authorities in American and popular culture studies presents an eye-opening examination of the Information Age's influence on what we do, how we live, and who we are. Dr. Marshall Fishwick, author of the textbooks Great Awakenings: Popular Religion and Popular Culture; Popular Culture: Cavespace to Cyberspace; and Popular Culture in a New Age focuses his penetrating gaze upon the impact of the cultural icons and events that color the fabric of our lives. He examines the most recent developments, crises, and anxieties encountered in our headlong dash down the Information Superhighway—and illustrates the reasons behind the media madness. Peppered with quotes from influential figures ranging from Plato to P. T. Barnum, this book provides food for thought that will spark smart discussion about every aspect of popular culture—from Henry Ford to Y2K, the impact on popular culture of the September 11 tragedy, and more.
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Canadian Psychology
When it comes to seeing depth and lateral connections in the development of popular culture, nobody exceeds Marshall Fishwick.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781136765520
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 10/12/2012
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 308
  • File size: 5 MB

Table of Contents

About the Author
Contributors
Foreword (Tom Wolfe)
Preface (Peter Rollins)
Acknowledgments
Introduction: Welcome to the Twenty-First Century
Notes from the Backbench

PROBING THE POPULAR
The Probing Process
Pioneer Probers
Probing a Frenzy
The American Studies Link
The Popular Culture Boom
The East-West Pop Link
The Great Tradition

LOOKING AROUND
Pop Hype
The Gap
To Hack or Not to Hack
9/11
Cyberlore
Heroes: From Haloes to Handcuffs
Connecting the Dots
Spoiled by Success

LOOKING BACK
The Cowboy and World Mythology
Paul Bunyan: Fakelore Meets Folklore
The Sign of the T: Henry Ford
Folk-Joke: Joe Magarac
ARF
Thunder from the Pulpit

LOOKING AHEAD
Living with Machines
Wanted: A New Mythology
Helping Humpty-Dumpty
What Lies Ahead?
Petite Probes

OTHER VOICES
The Virus of Superficial Popular Culture Studies (Ray B. Browne)
Teachers, Teens, and Technology (Katherine Lynde)
The Realm of Splogia: A Report to the World Anthropological Legation (James
Combs)
My Students Speak
Epilogue: How Are We Different?
Appendix: Essential Electronic Resources
Further Reading
Notes
Index

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