Alien Abduction in Popular Culture

The X-Files, Ufo, Prey, the 4400, Cartman Gets an Anal Probe, Taken, Treehouse of Horror, Fire in the Sky, Night S

Author: Source Wikipedia

Publisher: University-Press.org

ISBN: 9781230607788

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Page: 42

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Please note that the content of this book primarily consists of articles available from Wikipedia or other free sources online. Pages: 40. Chapters: The X-Files, UFO, Prey, The 4400, Cartman Gets an Anal Probe, Taken, Treehouse of Horror, Fire in the Sky, Night Skies, The Fourth Kind, Lifted, Alien Abduction, Little Green Men, Alien Abduction: Incident in Lake County, The 37's, Progeny, Communion, Anal probing, Prey Invasion, Beyond the Veil, Zuma: Tales of a Sexual Gladiator, The Cult of Alien Gods: H. P. Lovecraft and Extraterrestrial Pop Culture, The Janos People, Los Hombres De Negro y los OVNI, Transit, The McPherson Tape. Excerpt: The X-Files is an American science fiction television series and a part of The X-Files franchise, created by screenwriter Chris Carter. The program originally aired from September 10, 1993) to May 19, 2002). The show was a hit for the Fox network, and its characters and slogans (such as "The Truth Is Out There," "Trust No One," "I Want to Believe") became popular culture touchstones in the 1990s. Seen as a defining series of its era, The X-Files tapped into public mistrust of governments and large institutions, and embraced conspiracy theories and spirituality as it centered on efforts to uncover the existence of extraterrestrial life. The series spawned a spin-off show, The Lone Gunmen. In the series, FBI agents Fox Mulder (David Duchovny) and Dana Scully (Gillian Anderson) are the investigators of X-Files: marginalized, unsolved cases involving paranormal phenomena. Mulder is a believer in the existence of aliens and the paranormal, while Scully, a skeptic, is assigned to make scientific analyses of Mulder's discoveries. Early in the series both agents become pawns in a larger conflict, and come to trust only each other. They develop a close relationship, which begins as a platonic friendship, but develops into a romantic relationship by the end of the series' run. In addition to the series-spanning story arc, "monster of the...
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They Know Us Better Than We Know Ourselves

The History and Politics of Alien Abduction

Author: Bridget Brown

Publisher: NYU Press

ISBN: 0814799221

Category: History

Page: 247

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Since its emergence in the 1960s, belief in alien abduction has saturated popular culture, with the ubiquitous image of the almond-eyed alien appearing on everything from bumper stickers to bars of soap. Drawing on interviews with alleged abductees from the New York area, Bridget Brown suggests a new way for people to think about the alien phenomenon, one that is concerned not with establishing whether aliens actually exist, but with understanding what belief in aliens in America may tell us about our changing understanding of ourselves and our place in the world. They Know Us Better Than We Know Ourselves looks at how the belief in abduction by extraterrestrials is constituted by and through popular discourse and the images provided by print, film, and television. Brown contends that the abduction phenomenon is symptomatic of a period during which people have come to feel increasingly divested of the ability to know what is real or true about themselves and the world in which they live. The alien abduction phenomenon helps us think about how people who feel left out create their own stories and fashion truths that square with their own experience of the world.
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The Invisible Hand in Popular Culture

Liberty Vs. Authority in American Film and TV

Author: Paul Arthur Cantor

Publisher: University Press of Kentucky

ISBN: 081314082X

Category: Social Science

Page: 461

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Popular culture often champions freedom as the fundamentally American way of life and celebrates the virtues of independence and self-reliance. But film and television have also explored the tension between freedom and other core values, such as order and political stability. What may look like healthy, productive, and creative freedom from one point of view may look like chaos, anarchy, and a source of destructive conflict from another. Film and television continually pose the question: Can Americans deal with their problems on their own, or must they rely on political elites to manage their lives? In this groundbreaking work, Paul A. Cantor explores the ways in which television shows such as Star Trek, The X-Files, South Park, and Deadwood and films such as The Aviator and Mars Attacks! have portrayed both top-down and bottom-up models of order. Drawing on the works of John Locke, Adam Smith, Alexis de Tocqueville, and other proponents of freedom, Cantor contrasts the classical liberal vision of America -- particularly its emphasis on the virtues of spontaneous order -- with the Marxist understanding of the "culture industry" and the Hobbesian model of absolute state control. The Invisible Hand in Popular Culture concludes with a discussion of the impact of 9/11 on film and television, and the new anxieties emerging in contemporary alien-invasion narratives: the fear of a global technocracy that seeks to destroy the nuclear family, religious faith, local government, and other traditional bulwarks against the absolute state.
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The Re-Enchantment of the West, Vol 2

Alternative Spiritualities, Sacralization, Popular Culture and Occulture

Author: Christopher Partridge

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 0567552713

Category: Social Science

Page: 482

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The Re-Enchantment of the West challenges those theories that predict widespread secularization beyond traditional institutional religiosity. Spiritualities are emerging that are not only quite different from the those forms of religion that are in decline, but are often defined over against them and articulated and passed on in ways quite different from those of traditional religion. In particular, it is argued that such contemporary Western spirituality is fed by a constantly replenished reservoir of ideas, practices, and methodologies, which is here termed 'occulture'. Moreover, such occultural ideas both feed into and are resourced by popular culture. Indeed, popular occulture is a key feature of the re-enchantment of the West. Demonstrating the significance and ubiquity of these ideas, this book examines, for example, healthcare and nursing, contemporary environmentalism, psychedelia and drug use, the Internet and cyberspirituality, belief in UFOs and extraterrestrial life, demonology and the contemporary fascination with the figure of Satan, the heavy metal subculture, popular apocalypticism, and millennial violence.
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The re-enchantment of the West

alternative spiritualities, sacralization, popular culture, and occulture

Author: Christopher Hugh Partridge

Publisher: T&T Clark Int'l

ISBN: N.A

Category: Religion

Page: 468

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Challenging some assessments of religion in the West, this study argues that, although much organized religion, particularly Christianity, is in numerical decline, in actual fact we are witnessing an alternative spiritual re-enchantment of society and culture.
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Aliens in Popular Culture

Author: Michael M. Levy,Farah Mendlesohn

Publisher: ABC-CLIO

ISBN: 144083833X

Category: Social Science

Page: 330

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An indispensable resource, this book provides wide coverage on aliens in fiction and popular culture. • Provides cultural context in introductory essays on some of the key themes and contexts of alien representation • Covers a broad scope, with more than 130 entries on different topics, and is written by nearly 90 researchers with diverse expertise • Shows readers the varied ways that imagined aliens have become a part of popular culture • Presents both familiar topics and more obscure topics in popular culture to provide new scholarship
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The Founding Fathers, Pop Culture, and Constitutional Law

Who's Your Daddy?

Author: Professor Susan Burgess

Publisher: Ashgate Publishing, Ltd.

ISBN: 1409496678

Category: Law

Page: 154

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Applying innovative interpretive strategies drawn from cultural studies, this book considers the perennial question of law and politics: what role do the founding fathers play in legitimizing contemporary judicial review? Susan Burgess uses narrative analysis, popular culture, parody, and queer theory to better understand and to reconstitute the traditional relationship between fatherhood and judicial review. Unlike traditional, top-down public law analyses that focus on elite decision making by courts, legislatures, or executives, this volume explores the representation of law and legitimacy in various sites of popular culture. To this end, soap operas, romance novels, tabloid newspapers, reality television, and coming out narratives provide alternative ways to understand the relationship between paternal power and law from the bottom up. In this manner, constitutional discourse can begin to be transformed from a dreary parsing of scholarly and juristic argot into a vibrant discussion with points of access and understanding for all.
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Alien Abductions and UFO Sightings 5-Book Bundle

The Big Book of UFOs / I Saw It Too! / Abductions and Aliens / and 2 more

Author: Chris A. Rutkowski

Publisher: Dundurn

ISBN: 1459739213

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 1516

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Astronomer and ufologist Chris A. Rutkowski has spent the past forty years investigating reports of UFOs and other strange phenomena. This collection of his writings about people's experiences with UFOs, alien abductions, and other unexplained events is perfect for enthusiastic fans everywhere, and includes startling evidence to make even the biggest skeptics believe. Includes: Abductions and Aliens: What's Really Going On Based on almost 25 years of investigation and research, science writer Chris Rutkowski looks critically at abduction stories. The Canadian UFO Report: The Best Cases Revealed A popular history of the UFO phenomenon in Canada, which has captured the imaginations of young and old alike. A World of UFOs UFOs and UFO encounters are truly global phenomena. What are some of the most interesting cases? Which ones seem most mysterious? And what can one of the worlds most active UFO researchers and investigators tell us about UFOs, from A to Z? Join Chris A. Rutkowski as he takes us on a tour of A World of UFOs. I Saw It Too! I Saw It Too! is the first collection of stories told by kids to document their UFO sightings. These accounts are real cases of UFOs they’ve seen or alien creatures they’ve encountered that were reported to government or military officials, UFO investigators, and journalists. The Big Book of UFOs The Big Book of UFOs is a compendium of his best and most disturbing UFO stories for enthusiastic fans everywhere, with startling evidence to make even the biggest skeptics believe. The renowned ufologist takes us on a tour of UFOs in Canada and around the world. He has studied UFOs, aliens, abductions, and even encounters reported by kids.
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UFOs, ETs, and Alien Abductions

A Scientist Looks at the Evidence

Author: Don Crosbie Donderi

Publisher: Hampton Roads Publishing

ISBN: 161283308X

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 256

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Psychologist and researcher Don Donderi examines the evidence and research from the past several decades on the changing nature of UFOs. He looks at why the scientific establishment takes a dim view of UFOs and abduction evidence and examines how the US government has collected and suppressed UFO evidence. UFOs, ETs, and Alien Abductions is a wide-ranging examination of all things off-planet that falls into 3 sections. 1. UFOs: evidence and belief between 1947 through 1965 and Cold War mysteries 2. The changing nature of UFO phenomenon from 1965 to the present, which makes the case for the existence of humanoid crew members seen in and around landed UFOs. This section also examines six well-documented abduction cases, and includes the author detailing his own research involvement with the evidence. He refutes the belief that all abductees are mentally disturbed and that a psychological disturbance explains the experience. 3. The third section is devoted to a very meaty and controversial analysis of science, politics, and UFOs.
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