ISBN-10:
0814742831
ISBN-13:
9780814742839
Pub. Date:
12/24/2006
Publisher:
New York University Press
The Wow Climax: Tracing the Emotional Impact of Popular Culture / Edition 1

The Wow Climax: Tracing the Emotional Impact of Popular Culture / Edition 1

by Henry Jenkins
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rivkat on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A series of collected essays on the subheading topic. As you might expect, Jenkins positions himself against the sacralization of reactions to culture; he¿s interested in ¿excessive¿ responses and art designed to elicit those responses. Unlike what the typical unthinking snob will say, popular culture has plenty of standards. The rules are just learned outside of school and are more often about evoking emotion rather than about the distanced evaluation preferred by high culture. ¿The ability to dismiss certain forms of art as inherently without value paves the way for regulatory policies; the ability to characterize certain media forms as `cultural pollution¿ also impacts how the general public perceives the people who consume such material; and the ability to foreclose certain works from artistic consideration narrows the ambitions and devalues the accomplishments of people who work in those media.¿ I was most interested in the chapter wrestling as masculine melodrama, allowing the expression of otherwise off-limits emotions; there are also discussions of videogames for girls and boys; Pee-Wee¿s Playhouse; Lassie; feminism and exploitation B-movies; the comic actress Lupe Velez; and avant-garde artist Matthew Barney and his relation to the horror genre.