Newsweek (28 November 2014)

Newsweek journal: America’s well-regarded newsmagazine is savvy, incisive, and scintillating. With its accomplished assurance of nationwide and overseas affairs, newsmakers, politics, enterprise, economics, technological know-how, know-how, health and wellbeing, arts, leisure and society, Newsweek is your one-stop info resource. Thought-provoking essays and compelling columns like Periscope, Cyberscope, views and Newsmakers research occasions and placed them into an attractive standpoint.

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Life Like Dolls: The Collector Doll Phenomenon and the Lives of the Women Who Love Them

By A. F. Robertson

Because the Nineteen Eighties there was a starting to be billion greenback company generating porcelain collectible dolls. Avertised in Sunday newspapers and mailbox fliers, even Marie Osmond, an avid collector herself, is now selling her personal line of dolls at the domestic purchasing community and revenues are hovering. With regular expense tags of $100 -- and $500 or extra for a hand made or restricted variation doll -- those dolls ring a bell within the hearts of middle-aged and older girls, their center purchasers, a few of whom create "nurseries" dedicated to collections that quantity within the hundreds.

Each doll has its personal identify, id and "adoption certificate," like Shawna, "who has simply discovered to stack blocks all by means of herself," and Bobby, whose "brown, handset eyes shine with mischief and little-boy plans." Exploring the nexus of feelings, intake and commodification they characterize, A. F. Robertson tracks the increase of the porcelain collectible industry; interviews the ladies themselves; and visits their golf equipment, gala's and houses to appreciate what makes the dolls so irresistible.

Lifelike yet freakish; novelties that profess to be antiques; dear kitsch: those dolls are the made of robust feelings and massive enterprise. Life Like Dolls pursues why middle-class, trained ladies obsessively acquire those dolls and what this phenomenon says approximately our tradition.

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Ridin' High, Livin' Free: Hell-Raising Motorcycle Stories

By Keith Zimmerman, Kent Zimmerman

An angel spreads his wings. . . .

Sonny Barger is the number-one spokesman for the bike adventure. His New York Times bestseller, Hell's Angel, used to be a thrilling background of his adventures with the world's such a lot infamous bike membership. Now he brings us rousing, relocating, and wildly wonderful precise tales of his renegade brothers and sisters within the relentless pursuit of liberty, individuality, and the "ultimate ride."

And what tales he has to inform -- freewheeling, bare-knuckle stories of brawls and battles, brotherhood, breathtaking adventures, loopy quests, and the inevitable vintage scrapes with "John Law." the main colourful legends and unforgettable characters of biker lore come alive during this e-book. moreover, celebrities like Steve McQueen, Johnny Paycheck, and David Crosby thunder via those pages in a sensational selection of insurgent stories that runs the gamut from poignant and encouraging to exciting and completely outrageous.

Whether you experience, have by no means ridden, or dream of using, Ridin' excessive, Livin' Free is a studying event you will not quickly fail to remember -- a desirable glimpse right into a detailed tradition of freedom that acknowledges just one commandment: the code of the line.

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Adbusters, Issue 61: Art Fart

AB61: paintings Fart
(September/October 2005)

Based in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, Adbusters is a not-for-profit, reader-supported journal inquisitive about the erosion of our actual and cultural environments through advertisement forces. on account that 1989, the journal has been featured in 1000's of different and mainstream newspapers, magazines, tv and radio exhibits. identified all over the world for sparking Occupy Wall road, Adbusters can also be chargeable for social media campaigns similar to purchase not anything Day and electronic Detox Week.

Included within the journal are incisive philosophical articles and activist statement, coupled with impression layout that seeks to unbound the normal journal structure. matters correct to our modern second, comparable to media focus, weather swap and genetically transformed meals are usually featured. We hunt down an international the place economic system and ecology exist in concord. via not easy humans to turn into individuals instead of spectators, Adbusters takes objective at company disinformation, worldwide injustice and the industries and governments who actively pollute and damage our actual and psychological commons.

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West Indian intellectuals in Britain (Studies in Imperialism MUP)

The 1st finished dialogue of the most important Caribbean thinkers who got here to Britain. Written in an obtainable, vigorous sort, with a number of extraordinary and unique authors. Key booklet for pondering the way forward for multicultural Britain; research up to now has focused on Caribbean literature and the way authors 'write again' to Britain - this e-book is the 1st to contemplate how they 'think again' to Britain. A booklet of the instant - not anything similar at the Carribean impression on Britain. Discusses the impact, among others, of C. L. R. James, Una Marson, George Lamming, Jean Rhys, Claude McKay and V. S. Naipaul.

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It's Even Worse Than It Looks: How the American Constitutional System Collided With the New Politics of Extremism

By Thomas E. Mann

 

Acrimony and hyperpartisanship have seeped into all the pieces of the political procedure. Congress is deadlocked and its approval scores are at checklist lows. America’s major political events have given up their traditions of compromise, endangering our very procedure of constitutional democracy. And this type of events has taken at the position of rebel outlier; the Republicans became ideologically severe, scornful of compromise, and ardently against the validated social and financial coverage regime.
 
In It’s Even Worse Than It Looks, congressional students Thomas Mann and Norman Ornstein determine overriding difficulties that experience led Congress—and the United States—to the threshold of institutional cave in. the 1st is the intense mismatch among our political events, that have turn into as vehemently adverse as parliamentary events, and a governing procedure that, not like a parliamentary democracy, makes it super tricky for majorities to behave. moment, whereas either events perform tribal battle, either side aren't both culpable. The political method faces what the authors name “asymmetric polarization,” with the Republican occasion implacably refusing to permit whatever that may aid the Democrats politically, regardless of the cost.
 
With disorder rooted in long term political tendencies, a coarsened political tradition and a brand new partisan media, the authors finish that there's no “silver bullet” reform which could clear up every little thing. yet they give a panoply of helpful rules and reforms, endorsing a few recommendations, like better public participation and institutional restructuring of the home and Senate, whereas debunking others, like autonomous or third-party applicants. especially, they name at the media in addition to the general public at huge to target the genuine explanations of disorder instead of simply throwing the bums out each election cycle. until eventually citizens discover ways to act strategically to present challenge fixing and punish obstruction, American democracy will stay in severe danger. 

 

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Memes in Digital Culture (The MIT Press Essential Knowledge series)

By Limor Shifman

In December 2012, the exuberant video "Gangnam type" turned the 1st YouTube clip to be considered multiple billion occasions. hundreds of thousands of its audience answered via growing and posting their very own adaptations of the video--"Mitt Romney Style," "NASA Johnson Style," "Egyptian Style," and so forth. "Gangnam sort" (and its attendant parodies, imitations, and derivations) is without doubt one of the most renowned examples of a web meme: a section of electronic content material that spreads speedy round the internet in a variety of iterations and turns into a shared cultural event. during this publication, Limor Shifman investigates web memes and what they let us know approximately electronic tradition.

Shifman discusses a chain of famous web memes -- together with "Leave Britney Alone," the pepper-spraying cop, LOLCats, Scumbag Steve, and Occupy Wall Street's "We Are the ninety nine Percent." She deals a unique definition of net memes: electronic content material devices with universal features, created with knowledge of one another, and circulated, imitated, and remodeled through the web through many clients. She differentiates memes from virals; analyzes what makes memes and virals winning; describes renowned meme genres; discusses memes as new modes of political participation in democratic and nondemocratic regimes; and examines memes as brokers of globalization.

Memes, Shifman argues, encapsulate one of the most basic facets of the net generally and of the participatory net 2.0 tradition specifically. net memes should be interesting, yet during this booklet Limor Shifman makes a compelling argument for taking them seriously.

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

By Chuck Klosterman

Exclusive cultural critic and New York Times bestselling writer Chuck Klosterman “offers up nice evidence, fascinating 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 knowing of villainy. after we classify somebody as a nasty individual, what are we actually asserting, and why are we so enthusiastic about asserting it? How does the tradition of malevolence function? What used to be 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 was once O.J. Simpson’s second-worst choice? And why is Klosterman nonetheless haunted by way of a few child he knew for one week in 1985?

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

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Culture Jam: How to Reverse America's Suicidal Consumer Binge--And Why We Must

By Kalle Lasn

America is not any longer a rustic yet a multimillion-dollar model, says Kalle Lasn and his fellow "culture jammers". The founding father of Adbusters journal, Lasn goals to forestall the branding of the US by way of altering the way in which info flows; the best way associations wield strength; the way in which tv stations are run; and how the foodstuff, model, vehicle, activities, track, and tradition industries set agendas. With a brave and compelling voice, Lasn deconstructs the advertisements tradition and our fixation on icons and model names. And he exhibits how you can manage resistance opposed to the ability belief that manages the manufacturers through "uncooling" client goods, through "dermarketing" models and celebrities, and by means of breaking the "media trance" of our TV-addicted age.

A robust manifesto by means of a number one media activist, Culture Jam lays the principles for the main major social move of the early twenty-first century -- a circulate that may swap the area and how we predict and live.

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Blogging America: The New Public Sphere (New Directions in Media)

By Aaron Barlow

As blogs have advanced during the last few years, they've got began to tackle designated features counting on viewers and function. even though political blogs stay the main excessive profile (and so much read), different varieties of blogs are gaining in power and visibility. This book―a follow-up quantity to Barlow's Rise of the Blogosphere, which tested the historic context for the trendy blog―provides an exam of the numerous present features of the blogosphere, from the political to the pro to the non-public, with many stops in among. provided that thousands of blogs were created over the last 5 years and but extra come on-line at an undiminished fee, and on condition that enthusiasm for either analyzing them and writing them has but to wane, it truly is most probably that the weblog explosion will proceed indefinitely.

As blogs have advanced over the past few years, they've got all started to tackle detailed features reckoning on viewers and objective. notwithstanding political blogs stay the main excessive profile (and so much read), different forms of blogs are gaining in energy and visibility. This book―a follow-up quantity to Barlow's Rise of the Blogosphere, which tested the ancient context for the fashionable blog―provides an exam of the various present facets of the blogosphere, from the political to the pro to the non-public, with many stops in between.

Areas lined comprise the non-public weblog; the political weblog; using blogs by means of a number of non secular groups either for dialogue inside of groups and for outreach; the expansion of blogs devoted to particular geographic groups, and their kinfolk with older neighborhood media; blogs devoted to technical matters, quite with regards to pcs; blogs and company; blogs sparked through games, video clips, track, and different kinds of leisure; and extra. provided that thousands of blogs were created over the last 5 years and but extra come on-line at an undiminished price, and provided that enthusiasm for either examining them and writing for them has but to wane, it's most probably that the weblog explosion will proceed indefinitely.

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