Media Culture

Douglas Kellner


Título: Media Culture
Autor: Douglas Kellner
Edição: Routeledge
Ano: 1995
Páginas: 357
Encadernação: Mole
ISBN: 0-415-10570-6

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Media Culture develops methods and analyses of contemporary film, television, music, and other artifacts to discern their nature and effects. The book argues that media culture is now the dominant form of culture which socializes us and provides materials for identity in terms of both social reproduction and change. Through studies of Reagan and Rambo, horror films and youth films, rap music and African-American culture, Madonna, fashion, television news and entertainment, MTV, Beavis and Butt-Head, the Gulf War as cultural text, cyberpunk fiction and postmodern theory, Kellner provides a scries of lively studies that both illuminate contemporary culture and provide methods of analysis and critique.
Many people today talk about cultural studies, but Kellner actually does it, carrying through a unique mixture of theoretical analysis and concrete discussions of some of the most popular and influential forms of contemporary media culture. Criticizing social context, political struggle, and the system of cultural production, Kellner develops a multidimensional approach to cultural studies that broadens the field and opens it to a variety of disciplines. He also provides new approaches to the vexed question of the effects of culture and offers new perspectives for cultural studies.
Anyone interested in the nature and effects of contemporary society and culture should read this book. Kellner argues that we are in a state of transition between the modern era and a new postmodern era and dial media culture offers a privileged field of study and one that is vital if we are to grasp the full import of the changes currently shaking us.


is Professor of Philosophy at die University of Texas at Austin and author (with Michael Ryan) of Camera Politico: The politics and ideology of Hollywood films and (with Steven Best) of Postmodern Theory: Critical Interro¬gations. Kellner has also published Herbert Marcuse and the Crisis of Marxism -, Critical Theory, Marxism, and Modernity; Jean Baudrillard: From Marxism to Postmodernism and Beyond; Television and the Crisis of Democracy, The Persian Gulf TV War. lie has edited Jameson/Marxism/Critique and Baudrillard: A Critical Recuier and co-edited (with Stephen Bronner) Critical Theory and Society: A Reader.