Download Lost Ate My Life: The Inside Story of a Fandom Like No Other by Jon Lachonis PDF

By Jon Lachonis

By means of catering on to an more and more rabid fan base, misplaced bloggers have successfully removed all boundaries among the artist and the viewer via web hosting one of many biggest officially-sponsored self sufficient dialogue boards in heritage. changing into celebrities of their personal right—even controlling the ebb and movement of fan sentiment—the so much respected bloggers even have an effect on plot and storyline judgements. advised by way of contributors of the fan group who witnessed the unfold and influence of such fervent fandom from the interior, this advisor addresses the best questions fanatics were soliciting for 4 seasons: Why does misplaced communicate so good to our collective subconscious, and why will we consciously suffer such massive leaps of suspension of disbelief? through studying this unheard of blogger phenomonen on near-academic degrees, the authors effectively holiday down Lost’s archetypal issues and hint its evolution from the economic cash-in it was once meant to be to the high-concept mix of philosophy, drama, redemption, technological know-how, and religion it grew to become.

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Download The Byronic Hero in Film, Fiction, and Television by Professor Atara Stein PDF

By Professor Atara Stein

Tracing the impression of Lord Byron’s Manfred as outcast hero on a pantheon of his modern progenies—including characters from faded Rider, Unforgiven, The Terminator, extraterrestrial beings, The Crow, Sandman, celebrity Trek: the following iteration, and Angel—Atara Stein tempers her educational acumen with the insights of a faithful aficionado during this first accomplished examine of the Romantic hero sort and his glossy kindred. The Byronic Hero in movie, Fiction, and tv bridges 19th- and twentieth-century reports in pursuit of an formidable, delinquent, smug, and aggressively individualistic mode of hero from his inception in Byron’s Manfred, Childe Harold, and Cain, via his incarnations because the protagonists of Westerns, motion flicks, area odysseys, vampire novels, neo-Gothic comics, and sci-fi tv. this kind of hero shows supernatural talents, adherence to a private ethical code, ineptitude at human interplay (muddled even additional by way of self-absorbed egotism), and an ingrained defiance of oppressive authority. he's in most cases an outlaw, almost definitely an outcast or outsider, and normally, he's a he. Given his superhuman prestige, this hero bargains no power for sympathetic identity from his viewers. At most sensible, he presents an outlet for vicarious expressions of strength and independence. whereas audiences won't search to emulate the Byronic hero, Stein notes that he wants to emulate them; contemporary texts plot to "rehumanize" the hero or voice via him approbation and admiration of normal human values and reviews. supplying considerate analyses of her examples, Stein areas her Byronic heroes into camps: the leader-hero who pursues justice open air the legislations via explosive violence, illustrated in a trio of Clint Eastwood Westerns, the Crow movies, and the Terminator motion pictures; and the angst-ridden loner hero who perspectives his strength as a burden and pines for human life, represented in Anne Rice’s vampire novels and Neil Gaiman’s Sandman image novels. She additionally presents an in depth exam of 1 manifestation of the Byronic hero who embodies features of either leader-hero and gloomy egotist: Q, the all-powerful alien from big name Trek: the following new release. The Byronic heroine isn't really fully absent from our tradition, as Stein proves through her inclusion of Terminator’s Sarah Connor and Alien’s Ellen Ripley. either think Byronic qualities as they warfare opposed to oppressive institutional authority whereas additionally actively looking liberation from socially imposed constraints of gender. Stein concludes her leading edge research with a fascinating dialogue of dad culture’s most present and whole model of the Byronic hero: the brooding vampiric champion of Angel. Typified by way of a fiery autonomy, empowered inhumanity, and flamboyant self-realization, the Byronic hero along with his many sullen faces has asserted his renowned allure with audiences for over centuries. Complemented by way of 9 illustrations, Stein’s perceptive interpreting of his nature and nuances demonstrates that his immortality won't quickly wane.

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Download Mister Rogers' Neighborhood: Children, Television, and Fred by Mark Collins PDF

By Mark Collins

The items integrated during this quantity handle the iconic effect and value of Fred Rogers's paintings in kid's tv. The participants, representing a variety of disciplines - artwork, psychology, medication, social feedback, theology, tune, and communications - comprise David Bianculli, Lynette Friedrich Cofer, Nancy E. Curry, Ellen Galinsky, George Gerbner, William man, Lynn Johnson, Jeanne Marie Laskas, Susan Linn, Mary Rawson, Mark Shelton, Roderick Townley, Paula Lawrence Wehmiller, and Eugenia Zukerman interviewing Yo-Yo Ma. Born in 1928 in Latrobe, Pennsylvania, Fred Rogers all started his tv occupation in 1951 at NBC. He turned software director in 1954 for the newly based WQED-TV in Pittsburgh, the 1st community-supported tv station within the usa. From 1954 to 1961, Rogers and Josie Carey produced and played in WQED's The kid's nook, which grew to become a part of the Saturday morning lineup on NBC in 1955 and 1956. It used to be after Fred Rogers was once ordained as a Presbyterian minister in 1963, with a different cost of serving young ones and their households via tv, that he built what grew to become the award-winning PBS sequence Mister Rogers' local.

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Download André Bazin's New Media by André Bazin PDF

By André Bazin

André Bazin’s writings on cinema are one of the so much influential reflections at the medium ever written. then again, his serious pursuits ranged commonly and encompassed the “new media” of the Fifties, together with tv, 3D movie, Cinerama, and CinemaScope. Fifty-seven of his reports and essays addressing those new technologies—their inventive capability, social impression, and dating to current paintings forms—have been translated the following for the 1st time in English with notes and an advent via top Bazin authority Dudley Andrew. those essays express Bazin’s astute method of more than a few visible media and the relevance of his serious concept to our personal period of latest media. a thrilling spouse to the basic what's Cinema? volumes, André Bazin’s New Media is superb for school room use and very important for an individual drawn to the historical past of media.

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Download Edwardians on Screen: From Downton Abbey to Parade’s End by Katherine Byrne PDF

By Katherine Byrne

This publication explores television's present fascination with the Edwardian period. by way of exploring renowned interval dramas similar to Downton Abbey , it examines how the early 20th century is represented on our displays, and what those exhibits let us know approximately classification, gender and politics, either earlier and current.

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Download Spooked: How the CIA Manipulates the Media and Hoodwinks by Nick Schou PDF

By Nick Schou

The American humans rely on a unfastened press to maintain a detailed and neutral watch at the nationwide safeguard operations which are performed in our identify. yet in lots of instances, this belief is unfortunately lost, as best reporters are seduced and manipulated by way of the secretive companies they cover.

While the click continues to be silent approximately its corrupting dating with the intelligence community—a courting that dates again to the chilly War—Spooking the News will blow the lid off this unseemly association. Schou will identify names and shine a focus on flagrant examples of collusion, whilst revered journalists have crossed the road and offered out to strong businesses. The ebook also will record how the CIA has embedded itself in “liberal” Hollywood to make sure that its fictional spies get the hero remedy on screen.

Among the revelations in Spooking the News:
• The CIA created a distinct public affairs unit to steer the construction of Hollywood movies and television indicates, permitting celebrities considering pro-CIA projects—including Harrison Ford and Ben Affleck—unique entry contained in the agency's headquarters.
• The CIA vets articles on debatable subject matters just like the drone assassination application and offers pleasant newshounds history briefings on categorised fabric, whereas concurrently prosecuting ex-officers who spill the beans on harmful information.

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