Understanding American Icons

Author: Arthur Asa Berger
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1315416190
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This brief, student-friendly introduction to the study of semiotics uses examples from 25 iconic locations in the United States. From Coney Island to Las Vegas, the World Trade Center to the Grand Canyon, Berger shows how semiotics offers a different lens in understanding locations taken for granted in American culture. He recasts Disneyland according to Freud, channels the Mall of America through Baudrilliard, and sees Mount Rushmore through the lens of Gramsci. A seasoned author of student texts, Berger offers an entertaining, non-threatening way to teach theory to undergraduates and that will fit ideally in classes on cultural studies, American studies, social theory, and tourism.

Media And Communication Research Methods

Author: Arthur Asa Berger
Publisher: SAGE Publications
ISBN: 148337758X
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Media and Communication Research Methods, Fourth Edition is a concise and practical text designed to give students a step-by-step introduction to conducting media and communication research. Offering real-world insights along with the author’s signature animated style, this text makes the discussion of complex qualitative and quantitative methods easy to comprehend. Packed with detailed examples and practical exercises, the Fourth Edition of this bestselling introductory text includes a new chapter on discourse analysis; expanded discussion of social media, expanded coverage of the research process, and more. Ideal for undergraduate and graduate students conducting research for the first time, this accessible text will help students understand, practice, and master media and communication research.

Gizmos Or The Electronic Imperative

Author: Arthur Asa Berger
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 1137565454
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Gizmos or: The Electronic Imperative offers a concise series of analyses on the transformative impact of digital devices on American society. With approaches ranging from semiotic theory to psychoanalytic theory, sociological theory to personal reflection, Berger taps the span of knowledge from his prolific career to help readers better understand the role digital devices play both in their technologic, economic, and common-use forms. Using accessible, conversational language and numerous illustrations, Berger deconstructs familiar objects and media for readers ranging from field specialists to everyday cultural consumers alike.

Cultural Perspectives On Millennials

Author: Arthur Asa Berger
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 3319696858
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This book provides a cultural studies analysis of Millennials and their impact on American culture and society. Beginning with an introduction that touches upon which part of the population is described as Millennial, the book also explores the Millennial psyche, marketing to Millennials, Millennials’ purchasing preferences, gender and sexuality among Millennials, and Millennials and their relation to postmodernism, among other things. Cultural Perspectives on Millennials is designed for students taking courses in cultural studies, sociology, American studies and related fields. It is written in an accessible style and makes use of numerous quotations from writers and thinkers who have written about Millennials. It is illustrated by the author.

American Icons

Author: Benedikt Feldges
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1135911916
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Despite the work that has been done on the power of visual communication in general, and about the social influence of television in particular, television’s relationship with reality is still something of a black box. Even today, the convention that the screen functions as a window on reality structures much of the production and reception of televisual narratives. But as reality ought to become history at one point, what are we to do with such windows on the past? Developing and applying a highly innovative approach to the modern picture, American Icons sets out to expose the historicity of icons, to reframe the history of the screen and to dissect the visual core of a medium that is still so poorly understood. Dismantling the aura of apparently timeless icons and past spectacles with their seductive power to attract the eye, this book offers new ways of seeing the mechanisms at work in our modern pictorial culture.

Introducing Semiotics

Author: Paul Cobley
Publisher: Icon Books Ltd
ISBN: 1848318782
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"Introducing Semiotics" outlines the development of sign study from its classical precursors to contemporary post-structuralism. Through Paul Cobley's incisive text and Litza Jansz's brilliant illustrations, it identifies the key semioticians and their work and explains the simple concepts behind difficult terms. For anybody who wishes to know why signs are crucial to human existence and how we can begin to study systems of signification, this book is the place to start.

Of Cigarettes High Heels And Other Interesting Things

Author: Marcel Danesi
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 0230612784
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Why do people routinely risk their health by smoking cigarettes? Why do some females make walking a struggle by donning high heels? In a fully updated edition, the author attempts to answer such questions by explaining the discipline that endeavors to understand the human meaning quest: semiotics.

Explorations In Anthropology And Theology

Author: Frank A. Salamone
Publisher: University Press of America
ISBN: 9780761806615
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The papers in this volume seek to map out the broad areas of anthropology and inspire others to follow with their own contributions.

Understanding Media Semiotics

Author: Marcel Danesi
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
ISBN: 135003990X
Size: 21.84 MB
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Media semiotics is a valuable method of focusing on the hidden meanings within media texts. This book offers students an in-depth guide to help them investigate and understand the media using semiotic theory. It assumes little previous knowledge of the field, avoiding jargon and explaining the issues step by step. The two basic features of the methods used are the historical study of media and their genre and the analysis of the meaning structures that such genres encode. Semiotic analysis is sometimes seen as complicated and difficult to understand; Marcel Danesi shows that on the contrary it can be readily understood and can greatly enrich students' understanding of media texts, from print media right through to the internet.

Egyptian Cultural Icons In Midrash

Author: Rivka Ulmer
Publisher: Walter de Gruyter
ISBN: 3110223929
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Rabbinic midrash of late antiquity and the early medieval period visualized Egypt and presented Egyptian religious concepts and icons. Midrash is analyzed in a cross-cultural perspective utilizing insights from the discipline of Egyptology. Topics: the Greco-Roman Nile god, Isis, Serapis and other gods, festivals, mummy portraits, funeral customs, the Egyptian language, Pharaohs, Cleopatra, Alexandria, the divine eye. The hermeneutical role of Egyptian cultural icons in midrash is explored.