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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Aliens in Pop Culture

Author: Hal Marcovitz

Publisher: Capstone

ISBN: 1601523653

Category: Extraterrestrial beings in popular culture

Page: 80

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For centuries, people have wondered about life on other planets but most aliens did not start showing up in literature and other forms of pop culture until the late 19th century. Since then, aliens have become familiar characters in books, films and video games. Given their overwhelming popularity, visitors from other worlds are sure to be featured in pop culture for many years to come.
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Representations of the Post/human

Monsters, Aliens and Others in Popular Culture

Author: Elaine L. Graham

Publisher: Manchester University Press

ISBN: 9780719054426

Category: Biotechnology

Page: 259

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This work draws together a wide range of literature on contemporary technologies and their ethical implications. It focuses on advances in medical, reproductive, genetic and information technologies.
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The Invisible Hand in Popular Culture

Liberty vs. Authority in American Film and TV

Author: Paul A. Cantor

Publisher: University Press of Kentucky

ISBN: 0813140838

Category: Political Science

Page: 488

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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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Aliens in America

Conspiracy Cultures from Outerspace to Cyberspace

Author: Jodi Dean

Publisher: Cornell University Press

ISBN: 9780801484681

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 242

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Discusses the social and political implications of widespread belief in unidentified flying objects, extraterrestrials, and government cover-ups, and considers what they reveal in a culture of mass media and conflicting evidence
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Aliens

Author: Ron Miller

Publisher: Watkins Publishing

ISBN: 9781780289687

Category:

Page: 240

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Aliens: Past, Present and Future covers the subject of extraterrestrial life from every angle, from the earliest speculations more than 400 years ago about the possibility of life on other worlds, to today's ongoing search for Earth 2.0. In between are lessons learned about how life originated on our own planet, as well as the story behind the vast cult that has grown up around "flying saucers" and strange visitors from other planets, including popular culture renditions of them. The book is organised into three Parts. Part 1 reviews humankind's changing thinking about extraterrestrial beings and life through history, from Ancient times through the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, to today; Part 2 discusses the science of extraterrestrial life - in a way that every reader, non-scientist and scientist alike, will understand; and Part 3 explores the deep impact the idea of extraterrestrial life has had, not only on science and space exploration but on popular culture as well - and the potential impact it may have on philosophy and religion. The very concept of extraterrestrial life has been a driving force behind our exploration of the universe and a pervasive presence in movies, books, comics, and advertising throughout the past century. Written by bestselling author Ron Miller and with forewords by acclaimed sci-fi novelist David Brin and Professor Andrew Fraknoi, the book features more than 200 illustrations - from centuries-old engravings, book, comic and magazine art, movie posters, purported UFO photographs, to colour illustrations showing what today's cutting-edge scientists think extraterrestrial life could be like.
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The 'Evil Child' in Literature, Film and Popular Culture

Author: Karen J. Renner

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1317966740

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 198

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The 'evil child' has infiltrated the cultural imagination, taking on prominent roles in popular films, television shows and literature. This collection of essays from a global range of scholars examines a fascinating array of evil children and the cultural work that they perform, drawing upon sociohistorical, cinematic, and psychological approaches. The chapters explore a wide range of characters including Tom Riddle in the Harry Potter series, the possessed Regan in William Peter Blatty’s The Exorcist, the monstrous Ben in Doris Lessing’s The Fifth Child, the hostile fetuses of Rosemary’s Baby and Alien, and even the tiny terrors featured in the reality television series Supernanny. Contributors also analyse various themes and issues within film, literature and popular culture including ethics, representations of evil and critiques of society. This book was originally published as two special issues of Literature Interpretation Theory.
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Life on Other Worlds

The 20th-Century Extraterrestrial Life Debate

Author: Steven J. Dick

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9780521799126

Category: Science

Page: 290

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Lucid and accessible, this otherworldly guide chronicles the history of the 20th century obsession with extraterrestrials.
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Picturing Extraterrestrials

Alien Images in Modern Culture

Author: John Francis Moffitt

Publisher: Prometheus Books

ISBN: N.A

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 595

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In this witty, erudite, and thoroughly researched book, art historian John Moffitt discusses the popular iconography depicting alleged extraterrestrial (ET) visitors and the widespread appeal of this New Age craze as a mass cultural phenomenon. A thorough skeptic, Moffitt is interested in kitschy ET portraiture, not as evidence of aliens among us, but for what this imagery reveals about contemporary culture. By brilliantly placing the present cultural moment in historical context, he demonstrates how typical portrayals of aliens reflect long-running (even ancient) cultural motifs. Whether we realize it or not, among ET's precursors are the ecstatic maenads of ancient Greek art, early depictions of Christ in Byzantine icons, the religious visions shown in 15th-century Spanish paintings, and the popular images of witches and incubi from the 18th and 19th centuries. Today, in our postmodern space age, these timeless figures of imagination and art have taken on the otherworldly trappings of alien creatures. By the same token, centuries-old beliefs, whether in nature gods and goddesses, demons, witches, Satan, or saints, have evolved into the current New Age mythology that often surrounds the stories and pictures connected with aliens. Fueled by a huge entertainment industry, mass media, and the relentless profit drive of capitalism, alien imagery has become ubiquitous, and in the process the line between fantasy and reality ever harder to discern. This sweeping and above all entertaining perusal of popular culture presents a sophisticated yet very accessible and often funny dissection of our current obsession with the possibility that "we are not alone."
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Conspiracies

Bundle 1 - Conspiracies, UFOs and Aliens

Author: Alex Monaldo

Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform

ISBN: 9781978159198

Category:

Page: 264

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If you want to learn more about the mysteries of the universe, you'll most likely start with our very own, "earthly" conspiracy theories. Getting to the bottom of these will also help you better understand things that may seem beyond human comprehension... at first.=============================================================== Conspiracies: Conspiracy Theories - The Most Famous Conspiracies Including: The New World Order, False Flags, Government Cover-ups, CIA, & FBI (Secret ... JFK Assassination, Bermuda Triangle) 3rd edition - new and expanded content This book has 20+ conspiracy theories that all get to the bottom of what really happened. Don't trust the mass media? The book is purposely written to give you an eye-opening experience and encourage you to change your perspective regarding current explanations of popular events that had a huge impact on mankind.=============================================================== UFOs & Aliens: UFO Secrets - Area 51, Alien & UFO Encounters, Alien Civilizations & New World Order (Extraterrestrial, Alien Abduction, Conspiracy Theories, ... History, Alien Technology, Alien Races) 4th edition - updated, new and expanded content Are you fascinated by the unknown? Have you seen a UFO? Do you want to know the truth about alien encounters? Learn what aliens are, what the Roswell UFO incident was, and how the UFO controversy began. You'll also discover what Area 51 is - and why "ufologists" are so fascinated with this secretive facility. Read about the portrayal of aliens in pop culture, the ancient spiritual connections between religion and aliens, and the answers to many unanswered questions about alien hieroglyphics on Mars!
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