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The Onion and Philosophy: Fake News Story True, Alleges Indignant Area Professor (Popular Culture and Philosophy)

The Onion, with its targeted model of deadpan satirical humor, has develop into a well-known a part of the yank scene. The newspaper has a readership of over 1000000, and it reaches thousands extra with its spin-off books and The Onion information community. The Onion has proven us that normal methods of wondering the scoop have their ugly and foolish aspect, and this invitations philosophical exam. Twenty-one philosophers have been commissioned to determine simply what makes the Onion so fair and insightful. Are the Onion writers actually cynical, or simply cynically faking it? Does the Onion relatively have a major standpoint on faith? On intercourse? On politics? Who cares what region guy thinks? If everyone’s so dumb, how come such a lot of Onion readers carry on giggling at how dumb they are?

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Heroes and Philosophy: Buy the Book, Save the World

By William Irwin

The first unauthorized examine the philosophy in the back of Heroes, one among TV's preferred shows

When traditional contributors from world wide inexplicably advance superhuman skills, they query who they're, fight to deal with new duties, and choose even if to take advantage of their new strength for strong or for evil. each episode of Tim Kring's hit television convey Heroes is a philosophical trouble. Heroes and Philosophy is the 1st ebook to investigate how philosophy makes this express so compelling. It allows you to research questions the most important to our lifestyles as pondering, rational beings. Is the corporate evil, or reliable? Does Hiro quite have a future? can we? Is it ok to lie as a way to cover your powers or retailer the realm? Heroes and Philosophy deals solutions to those and different fascinating questions.

  • Brings the perception of history's philosophical heavyweights resembling Plato and Nietzche to Heroes characters and settings
  • Adds a enjoyable and interesting size in your knowing of the show
  • Expands your pondering Heroes because the sequence expands from photograph and textual content novels to motion figures and a video game

Whether you are new to Heroes or were a fan on the grounds that day one, this e-book will take your delight in the convey to the subsequent level.

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New York: The Movie Lover's Guide: The Ultimate Insider Tour of Movie New York

By Richard Alleman

The vintage advisor to who-did-what-where in big apple, on- and off-screen, together with:

Classic movie and television locations: Marilyn Monroe’s notorious Seven yr Itch subway grating . . . the deli the place Meg Ryan famously faked an orgasm in When Harry Met Sally . . . the diner the place Courteney Cox (in Friends) and Kirsten Dunst (in Spider-Man) waitressed . . . Men in Black’s long island headquarters . . . The Godfather mansion on Staten Island…the Greenwich Village condominium the place Jack Nicholson terrorized Greg Kinnear in As strong because it Gets . . . Ghostbusters’ Tribeca firehouse . . . Michael Douglas and Gwyneth Paltrow’s A ideal homicide palazzo . . . the landmark West part construction that housed Tom Cruise in Vanilla Sky and Mia Farrow in Rosemary’s Baby . . . the Greenwich Village condo of Friends . . . Will & Grace’s top West part construction . . . The All within the Family block in Queens . . . The Sopranos’ New Jersey mansion (and the true Bada Bing membership) . . . Seinfeld’s favourite diner . . . Sex and the City’s sexiest haunts . . . and plenty of extra . . .

Stars’ formative years homes: Lena Horne’s Bedford-Stuyvesant townhouse . . . Frank Sinatra’s Hoboken row apartment . . . Barbra Streisand’s Flatbush housing undertaking . . . J.Lo’s Bronx block . . . Humphrey Bogart’s higher West aspect tenement . . . the Marx Brothers’ higher East facet brownstone . . .

Apartments and townhouses of the silver screen’s maximum legends: Joan Crawford . . . Marlene Dietrich . . . James Dean . . . Katharine Hepburn . . . Montgomery Clift . . . Rita Hayworth . . . Rock Hudson . . . and . . .

Plus: big name cemeteries . . . significant movie and television studios . . . historical motion picture palaces and Broadway theaters . . . star-studded eating places and mythical motels . . .

For movie-loving New Yorkers, tourists and armchair movie buffs, New York: The motion picture Lover’s Guide is the last word insider’s consultant to the large Apple’s reel points of interest.

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The Walking Dead and Philosophy: Shotgun. Machete. Reason. (The Blackwell Philosophy and Pop Culture Series)

By Christopher Robichaud

The tale of The strolling lifeless chronicles the lives of a bunch of survivors within the wake of a zombie apocalypse. The jogging lifeless is an Eisner-award successful comedian e-book sequence through author Robert Kirkman. begun in 2003, the comedian publication maintains to put up per 30 days and has released a complete of ninety two concerns. the recognition of this comedian ebook sequence ended in photo novel guides (see competing titles) in addition to the severely acclaimed television edition on AMC. The strolling lifeless is AMC's highest-rated express ever surpassing even Mad Men's rankings at its top. either the comedian ebook sequence and television convey strength us to confront our such a lot loved values and ask: might we nonetheless be capable of carry onto these items in this sort of global? What are we allowed to do? What aren't we? Are there any obstacles left? The jogging useless and Philosophy will resolution those and different questions: Is it alright to "opt out?" Is it morally appropriate to desert Merle? What occurs to legislations in a post-zombie international? Does marriage have any which means anymore? What responsibility do survivors need to one another?

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I Wear the Black Hat: Grappling with Villains (Real and Imagined)

By Chuck Klosterman

One of a kind cultural critic and New York Times bestselling writer Chuck Klosterman “offers up nice proof, attention-grabbing cultural insights, and thought-provoking ethical calculations during this examine our love affair with the anti-hero” (New York magazine).

Chuck Klosterman, “The Ethicist” for The New York occasions Magazine, has walked into the darkness. In I put on the Black Hat, he questions the fashionable realizing of villainy. once we classify a person as a nasty individual, what are we actually announcing, and why are we so enthusiastic about asserting it? How does the tradition of malevolence function? What was once so Machiavellian approximately Machiavelli? Why don’t we see Bernhard Goetz a similar method we see Batman? who's extra useful of our vitriol—Bill Clinton or Don Henley? What used to be O.J. Simpson’s second-worst choice? And why is Klosterman nonetheless haunted by means of a few child he knew for one week in 1985?

Masterfully mixing cultural research with self-interrogation and imaginitive hypotheticals, I put on the Black Hat can provide perceptive observations at the complexity of the antihero (seemingly the single type of hero the US nonetheless creates). because the Los Angeles Times notes: “By underscoring the contradictory, usually knee-jerk methods we stumble upon the heroes and villains of our tradition, Klosterman illustrates the passionate yet incomplete computations that experience come to outline American culture—and perhaps even American morality.” I put on the Black Hat is an extraordinary instance of great feedback that’s immediately obtainable and very, quite humorous.

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Mood Matters: From Rising Skirt Lengths to the Collapse of World Powers

By John L Casti

"Mood issues" makes the novel statement that every one social occasions starting from models in track and artwork to the increase and fall of civilizations are biased by means of the attitudes a society holds towards the longer term. whilst the "social temper" is confident and other people wait for the longer term, occasions of a completely diversified personality are inclined to ensue than whilst society is pessimistic. The ebook offers many examples from each stroll of existence in help of this argument. additionally, equipment are given to really degree the social temper and to venture it into the long run to be able to forecast what’s most probably or now not over various sessions of time. Casti's writing is a excitement to learn and its contents an eye-opener.

"They [the chapters] inform an engrossing tale, and the secret heightens because it is going. . . . it is chatty and knowing." Greg Benford, Physicist and science-fiction author, writer of "Timescape" and "Deep Time"

"I am struck via how thought-provoking all of it is. i'm yes that your booklet will draw loads of attention" Tor Norretranders, technology author, writer of "The beneficiant guy" and "The consumer Illusion".

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The Video Game Theory Reader

Within the early days of Pong and Pac guy, games little greater than an idle hobby. this day, games make up a multi-billion greenback that competitors tv and movie.

The game Theory Reader brings jointly interesting new paintings at the many ways games are reshaping the face of leisure and our courting with expertise. Drawing upon examples from broadly well known video games starting from Space Invaders to Final fable IX and Combat Flight Simulator 2, the individuals talk about the connection among games and different media; the shift from 3rd- to first-person video games; players and the gaming neighborhood; and the $64000 sociological, cultural, commercial, and financial matters that encompass gaming.

The online game Theory Reader is the fundamental advent to a desirable and swiftly increasing new box of media reviews.

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Why We Love Sociopaths: A Guide To Late Capitalist Television

By Adam Kotsko


Sociopaths are pervasive in modern tv, from high-brow drama right down to cartoons -- and naturally the scoop to boot. From the scheming Eric Cartman of South Parkto the seductive imposter Don Draper of Mad Men, chilly and ruthless characters captivate us, making us want that lets be so potent and winning. but why may still we respect characters who get forward via being amoral and uncaring? In his follow-up to Awkwardness, Adam Kotsko argues that the recognition of the ruthless sociopath displays our dissatisfaction with a failed social agreement, displaying that we think that the area rewards the evil and uncaring instead of the nice. via reading characters just like the serial killer famous person of Dexter and the cynical Dr. residence, Kotsko exhibits that the fable of the sociopath distracts us from our actual difficulties -- yet that we nonetheless may benefit from being a bit extra sociopathic.

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The Golden Compass and Philosophy: God Bites the Dust (Popular Culture and Philosophy)

By Richard Greene

The acclaim for the His darkish Materials trilogy has generated an incredible movie, a level play, games, and a brand new prequel. The sequence has additionally been hugely debatable with its use of intriguing experience tales for kids to touch upon geared up faith. those books have piqued the curiosity of the individuals to this attention-grabbing quantity, who use it to probe the philosophical matters that tell them. may possibly a golden compass, or alethiometer, rather paintings? Can a person's soul or daemon have a brain of its personal? What are the ramifications of pursuing the diabolical "intercision" method, or of attempting to lead to the dying of God, a plot that Lyra and her mysterious Father fight over? those are the various questions explored via those essays that try and get to the guts of Lyra's bewildering, inspiring, and multifaceted world.

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The Stations of the Sun: A History of the Ritual Year in Britain

By Ronald Hutton

From the twelve days of Christmas to the Spring traditions of Valentine, Shrovetide, and Easter eggs, via may well Day revels and Midsummer fires, and directly to the waning of the yr, Harvest domestic, and Hallowe'en; Ronald Hutton takes us on a desirable trip in the course of the ritual yr in Britain.
His finished learn covers all of the British Isles and the complete sweep of historical past from the earliest written files to the current day. nice and lesser, old and smooth, Christian and pagan, all rituals are handled with an identical cognizance. the result's a colourful and soaking up historical past during which Ronald Hutton demanding situations many universal assumptions concerning the customs of the prior and the fairs of the current debunking many myths and illuminates the background of the calendar we are living by.
Stations of the Sun is the 1st entire scholarly paintings to hide the complete span of British rituals, demanding the paintings of experts from the overdue Victorian interval onwards, transforming our photograph of the sector completely, and elevating matters for historians of each period.

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