Sign Crimes/Road Kill: From Mediascape to Landscape

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Sign Crimes/Road Kill is a retrospective of Nelson's best work, ranging from "Adventures in Wonderland" (1980), a wry account of corporate engineering and the construction of Canada's own grotesque Disneyland, to "Top Guns" (1991), a typically acerbic look at the Tory administration and its connections to the Business Council on National Issues and Bush's much vaunted new world order.

The collection also represents the author's own journey-from a fascination with the ...

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Sign Crimes/Road Kill is a retrospective of Nelson's best work, ranging from "Adventures in Wonderland" (1980), a wry account of corporate engineering and the construction of Canada's own grotesque Disneyland, to "Top Guns" (1991), a typically acerbic look at the Tory administration and its connections to the Business Council on National Issues and Bush's much vaunted new world order.

The collection also represents the author's own journey-from a fascination with the construction of the North American media culture to a growing recognition of the severity of the current environmental crisis. Throughout it all, Nelson's controversial and entertaining prose trips lightly, and humorously, along a constant path of exploration.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780921284543
  • Publisher: Between the Lines
  • Publication date: 6/26/1992
  • Pages: 180
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.50 (d)

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Joyce Nelson is an ecofeminist and writer who has specialized since 1976 in the politics of the mass-media age. She is the author of The Perfect Machine: TV in the Nuclear Age (1987), The Colonized Eye: Rethinking the Grierson Legend (1988), and Sultans of Sleaze: Public Relations and the Media (1989).

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements

A Brief Introduction

I Mediascape

  • Mickey Goes to China
  • In Search of Context
  • A Catch-22 in Canadian Broadcasting: The Myth of the "Single System"
  • Adventures in Wonderland
  • Capitalism, Despair, and the Media Machine
  • CanCon Conundrum
  • Roland Barthes and the NFB Connection
  • Voices of Authority
  • Metaphorically Speaking: The Great White Screen
  • The Laughing-Heads-of-State Photograph
  • Losing It in the Lobby: Entertainment and Free Trade
  • Jesus of Montreal: Culling the Living Flower
II Mindscape
  • Imagine . . .
  • Framing Reality: Thoughts on Soaps
  • A Chip Off the Old Block
  • A Lament for Supergirl
  • Invitation to a Gagging: Forbidden Images and Friendly Icons
  • On Night Heat
  • Real Men on the Campaign Trail
  • Packaging the Populave: Polling in the Age of Image Politics
  • Reclaiming the Body: Beyond Media
  • Trouble in Mondo Condo: Deciphering PEN's Unconscious Agendas
  • The Temple of Fashion
III Landscape
  • Canada Dry: Pipedreams and Fresh-Water Politics
  • Speaking the Unspeakable: Understanding Ecofeminism
  • Flying Chernobyls: Plutonium Flights over the Canadian North
  • Deconstructing Ecobabble: Notes on an Attempted Corporate Takeover
  • Culture and Agriculture: The Ultimate Simulacrum
  • The Saga of Space Dorks: Lost Boys in Orbit
  • Top Guns: The Budget, the BCNI, and Bush's New World Order
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