Pop Culture Considered as an Uphill Bicycle Race: Selected Critical Essays (1979-2001)

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Nega Fulo Books, 2006 - Performing Arts - 367 pages
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This collection of over 100 witty and informative critical essays is guaranteed to be as useful to post-grad American Studies majors as to the more casual fan of trends in pop culture. It particularly focuses upon two decades that were highly transitional in the kinds of "mainstream" entertainment produced and consumed in the United States. The 1980s and 1990s saw the commercial rise of world-beat, reggae, rap, house music, internet service providers, black film making, cable television, video-gaming, the comic-book underground, the world wide web, and much much more. Carol Cooper examines how and why these trends become important just as they begin to enter mainstream consciousness via routine media coverage. Each topical essay appears with the date and location of its original publication, and provides contextual explorations of how American pop culture has evolved from "then" to "now." The author is still an active freelance arts critic, and is frequently requested to appear as a guest commentator on television and radio.

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About the author (2006)

Carol Cooper earned her BA in English and a Masters in Liberal Studies from Wesleyan University. She is currently a New York-based Cultural Critic who has been writing and commenting professionally about global pop culture for various mainstream print and audio/visual outlets since 1978.

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