David Kupelian, veteran journalist and bestselling author of The Marketing of Evil, probes the millennia-old questions of evil—what it is, how it works, and why it so routinely and effortlessly ruins our lives—once again demonstrating his uncanny knack for demystifying complex, elusive, and intimidating subjects with fresh insights into the hidden mechanisms of seduction, corruption, religion, and power politics. How does terrorism really work? Why are boys doing worse in school today than girls?
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More related to the popular culture. See more. Joseph J. It is often said that the poet Homer "educated" ancient Greece. Foy and Timothy M. Dale have assembled a team of notable scholars who argue, quite persuasively, that Homer Simpson and his ilk are educating America and offering insights into the social order and the human condition.
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First published in , Songs of the Doomed is back in print -- by popular demand! In this third and most extraordinary volume of the Gonzo Papers, Dr. Thompson recalls high and hideous moments in his thirty years in the Passing Lane -- and no one is safe from his hilarious, remarkably astute social commentary. With Thompson's trademark insight and passion about the state of American politics and culture, Songs of the Doomed charts the long, strange trip from Kennedy to Quayle in Thompson's freewheeling, inimitable style.
Spanning four decades -- to -- Thompson is at the top of his form while fleeing New York for Puerto Rico, riding with the Hell's Angels, investigating Las Vegas sleaze, grappling with the "Dukakis problem," and finally, detailing his infamous lifestyle bust, trial documents, and Fourth Amendment battle with the Law.
These tales -- often sleazy, brutal, and crude -- are only the tip of what Jack Nicholson called "the most baffling human iceberg of our time. Joseph Foy. The modern landscape of American entertainment is filled with commentary on the state of the union. The cartoon sitcom The Simpsons has used American politics to shape its plotlines since its debut in , and many Americans view the current war on terror through the eyes of Jack Bauer, the fictional hero of the controversial action show Politics has always influenced entertainment, and Americans increasingly use popular culture to make sense of the U.
There is, however, another facet to the relationship between politics and popular culture: education. Exposure to political ideas through television, film, and music generates interest and increases knowledge among viewers and listeners. The presentation of political ideas in popular media often begins a dialogue through which citizens develop opinions about and interest in political ideas.
The resulting discussions of politics and civic life have a significant value as a means to educate Americans about their government. Foy and other contributing scholars offer a variety of perspectives on politics through the framework of popular culture. From the classic film Mr. The authors not only explain fundamental concepts such as civil rights, democracy, and ethics but also examine common assumptions about government and explore the use of controversial ideas in entertainment.
Jennifer J. Kowalski presents V for Vendetta as a vehicle for understanding American political thought. Other essays test the impact of entertainment news on political knowledge and investigate the presentation of broadcast news in film to determine how well the media serves the people.
Popular culture and politics have never been so intertwined in the American consciousness as they are today, with films, television shows, and songs contributing to the debate over the promises versus the realities of democracy. As political knowledge becomes increasingly valuable, Homer Simpson Goes to Washington explains how popular culture can actually help connect people to their government. Beyond Entitlement. Lawrence M. Mead's timely and closely reasoned analysis makes a strong intellectual and moral case for a more authoritative welfare policy.
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