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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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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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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Alien Universe

Extraterrestrial Life in Our Minds and in the Cosmos

Author: Don Lincoln

Publisher: JHU Press

ISBN: 1421410737

Category: Science

Page: 208

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If extraterrestrials exist, where are they? What is the probability that somewhere out there in the universe an Earth-like planet supports an advanced culture? Why do so many people claim to have encountered Aliens? In this gripping exploration, scientist Don Lincoln exposes and explains the truths about the belief in and the search for life on other planets. In the first half of Alien Universe, Lincoln looks to Western civilization's collective image of Aliens, showing how our perceptions of extraterrestrials have evolved over time. The roots of this belief can be traced as far back as our earliest recognition of other planets in the universe—the idea of them supporting life was a natural progression of thinking that has fascinated us ever since. Our captivation with Aliens has, however, led to mixed results. The world was fooled in the nineteenth century during the Great Moon Hoax of 1835, and many people misunderstood, with calamitous results, Orson Welles's 1938 radio broadcast, The War of the Worlds. Our continuing interest in Aliens is reflected in entertainment successes such as E.T., The X-Files, and Star Trek. The second half of Alien Universe explores the scientific possibility of whether advanced Alien civilizations do exist. For many years, researchers have sought to answer Enrico Fermi’s great paradox—if there are so many planets in the universe and there is a high probability that many of those can support life, then why have we not actually encountered any Aliens? (Apologies to those who are sure we have.) Lincoln describes how modern science teaches us what is possible and what is not in our search for extraterrestrial civilizations. Whether you are drawn to the psychological belief in Aliens, the history of our interest in life on other planets, or the scientific possibility of Alien existence, Alien Universe is sure to hold you spellbound. -- Jocelyne DiRuggiero, Johns Hopkins University
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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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