'Diet drugs' explores numerous forms of slimming capsules, their makers' claims, and the capability risks linked to use. in addition to information regarding a few of the capsules, readers will the way to deal with their weight in secure, potent methods - and to consider greater approximately their our bodies and themselves.
By Albert Jack
From the overseas bestselling writer of Red Herrings and White Elephants—a curious consultant to the hidden histories of vintage nursery rhymes.
Who used to be Mary rather opposite, or Georgie Porgie? How may hello Diddle Diddle supply a vital astronomy lesson? Do Jack and Jill truly symbolize the execution of Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette? And if Ring round the Rosie isn’t concerning the plague, then what's it quite about?
This publication is a unusual, curious, and infrequently sordid examine the reality in the back of renowned nursery rhymes that uncovers the unusual stories that encouraged them—from Viking raids to political riot to smuggling slaves to freedom.
Read Albert Jack's posts at the Penguin Blog.
By Thomas Frank
"[Thomas Frank is] might be the main provocative younger cultural critic of the moment."—Gerald Marzorati, New York occasions publication Review
"An quintessential survival consultant for any sleek consumer."—Publishers Weekly, starred review
"Frank makes an ironclad case not just that the advertisements cunningly grew to become the countercultural rhetoric of revolution right into a rallying cry to shop for extra stuff, yet that the method itself truly predated any genuine counterculture to exploit."—Geoff Pevere, Toronto Globe and Mail
"The Conquest of Cool is helping us comprehend why, through the final 3rd of the 20 th century, americans have more and more harassed gentility with conformity, irony with protest, and a longer heart finger with a populist manifesto. . . . His voice is an exhilarating addition to the soporific public discourse of the past due 20th century."—T. J. Jackson Lears, In those Times
"An important argument for a person who has ever scoffed at hand-me-down counterculture from the '60s. A lively and exhaustive research of the era's advertising."—Brad Wieners, Wired Magazine
"Tom Frank is . . . not just outdated, he is anti-fashion, with a spot in his middle for that final social fake pas, leftist politics."—Roger Trilling, Details
By Kevin Courrier
There is an epigram during this ebook from the Phil Ochs tune, "Crucifixion", in regards to the Kennedy assassination, that states: I worry to consider that underneath the best love, lies a storm of hate. On February eleventh 1963, the Beatles recorded "There's a Place", a blinding, unheralded music which used to be integrated on their electrifying debut album, Please Please Me. This music firmly laid the basis on which an important utopian dream of the sixties will be equipped. inside of that dream, although, additionally lay the seeds of a darker imaginative and prescient that might emerge out of the very counterculture that the Beatles and their song helped create. therefore, whilst their song attracted adoring fanatics, it additionally enticed the murderous objectives of Charles Manson; and notwithstanding the Beatles could have encouraged others to shape bands, their very own failed hopes finally resulted in their breakup.
The disillusionment with the sixties, and the hopes linked to the crowd, might a long time later culminate within the assassination of John Lennon and the tried slaying of George Harrison by means of deranged and obsessive fanatics. during this incisive exam, writer Kevin Courrier (Dangerous Kitchen: the Subversive international of Zappa, Randy Newman's American Dreams) examines how the Fab 4, via their mind-blowing tune and comically rebellious personalities, created the promise of an inclusive tradition outfitted at the ideas of enjoyment and success. by means of taking us via their richly creative catalogue, Courrier illustrates how the Beatles' startling impression on pop culture equipped a bond with audiences that used to be so powerful, buyers proceed to both hang nostalgically to it, or fight ― and infrequently fight violently ― to flee its influence.
Barkun discusses quite a number material—involving inner-earth caves, executive black helicopters, alien abductions, mystery New international Order cabals, and masses more—that few observe exists in our tradition. having a look heavily on the manifestions of those rules in quite a lot of literature and resource fabric from spiritual and political literature, to New Age and alien ship guides, to pop culture phenomena corresponding to The X-Files, and to web content, radio courses, and extra, Barkun unearths that the US is within the throes of an unequalled interval of millennarian task. His e-book underscores the significance of realizing why this phenomenon is now spreading into extra mainstream segments of yank culture.
By Jeff Shantz
The threat of anarchism is haunting statist and capitalist tradition and politics within the twenty first century. Anarchism the concept humans can set up their lives at the foundation of justice and equality unfastened from political and fiscal rulers has supplied idea for various modern social pursuits. but anarchism is still a misunderstood and misrepresented philosophy. an artistic ardour, edited by means of an established anarchist activist and pupil, deals vital insights into anarchist cultural practices and worldviews. The classical anarchist Mikhail Bakunin famously proclaimed that the fervour for destruction can also be an artistic ardour. Anarchists over the a long time have sought to spoil the tyrannical, authoritarian, exploitative, and oppressive features of statist and capitalist societies and tradition, whereas developing possible choices in response to team spirit, justice, care, and mutual reduction. This leading edge paintings presents interesting views on present pursuits and concepts that search a global unfastened from authoritarian domination. it is going to be a welcome source for college students, college, artists, and group organizers alike. Chapters research anarchism and dada, drama and anarchy, eco-anarchism and reviews of capitalist civilization, DIY and anarcho-punk attacks on company tradition industries, and Wole Soyinka s anarchism.
In this seventh variation of his award-winning Cultural idea and pop culture: An Introduction, John Storey has commonly revised the textual content all through. As ahead of, the booklet offers a transparent and significant survey of competing theories of and numerous ways to pop culture. Its breadth and theoretical cohesion, exemplified via pop culture, signifies that it may be flexibly and relevantly utilized throughout a couple of disciplines. additionally holding the available technique of earlier variations, and utilizing applicable examples from the texts and practices of pop culture, this new version continues to be a key creation to the area.
New to this edition:
• widely revised, rewritten and up to date
• greater and improved content material throughout
• a brand new part on ‘The Contextuality of which means’ that explores how context affects that means
• a new bankruptcy on ‘The Materiality of pop culture’ that examines pop culture as fabric culture
• wide updates to the significant other web site at www.routledge.com/cw/storey, such as perform questions, extension actions and interactive quizzes, hyperlinks to proper web content and additional studying, and a thesaurus of key words.
The new version is still crucial examining for undergraduate and postgraduate scholars of cultural reports, media reviews, verbal exchange reviews, the sociology of tradition, pop culture and different similar subjects.
By Sarah van Gelder
We Are the 99%
The Occupy Wall highway flow named the middle factor of our time: the overpowering strength of Wall road and big organisations— whatever the political institution and such a lot media have lengthy ignored.
But the flow is going some distance past this critique. This adjustments Everything indicates how the flow is transferring the way in which humans view themselves and the realm, the type of society they suspect is feasible, and their very own involvement in making a society that works for the ninety nine% instead of simply the 1%.
Attempts to pigeonhole this decentralized, fast-evolving flow have resulted in confusion and misperception. during this quantity, the editors of YES! Magazine compile voices from inside and out the protests to show the problems, probabilities, and personalities linked to the Occupy Wall road movement.
This publication beneficial properties contributions from Naomi Klein, David Korten, Rebecca Solnit, Ralph Nader, and others, in addition to Occupy activists who have been there from the start, comparable to David Graeber, Marina Sitrin and Hena Ashraf. It deals insights for these actively protesting or expressing help for the movement—and for the thousands extra who sympathize with the target of a extra equitable and democratic future.
AB55: No Future
Based in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, Adbusters is a not-for-profit, reader-supported journal excited by the erosion of our actual and cultural environments through advertisement forces. because 1989, the journal has been featured in thousands of different and mainstream newspapers, magazines, tv and radio exhibits. recognized around the world for sparking Occupy Wall road, Adbusters can also be chargeable for social media campaigns reminiscent of purchase not anything Day and electronic Detox Week.
Included within the journal are incisive philosophical articles and activist observation, coupled with impression layout that seeks to unbound the normal journal structure. matters proper to our modern second, equivalent to media focus, weather switch and genetically transformed meals are usually featured. We hunt down a global the place financial system and ecology exist in concord. by means of not easy humans to develop into members in place of spectators, Adbusters takes objective at company disinformation, international injustice and the industries and governments who actively pollute and spoil our actual and psychological commons.
By Rob Salkowitz
The Comic-Con phenomenon—and what it potential for your business
The annual trade exhibition Comic-Con foreign isn't simply enjoyable and video games. in keeping with award-winning enterprise writer and futurist Rob Salkowitz it's a "massive concentration workforce and advertising megaphone" for Hollywood—and in Comic-Con and the company of dad Culture, he examines the enterprise of pop culture throughout the lens of Comic-Con.
Salkowitz deals an wonderful and sizeable examine the exhibit, supplying an in depth examine the comic-book and videogame industries' increasing impression on advertising, promotion, and the leisure industry.
Rob Salkowitz is founder and precept advisor for the communications company MediaPlant, LLC.