The Depth of Shallow Culture: The High Art of Shoes, Movies, Novels, Monsters, and Toys
Come take a closer look at ordinary footwear, like sneakers, or children s toys and Saturday cartoon TV shows, or make a comparison between Don Quixote and Rambo. Although some regard popular culture as shallow, this book reveals that it is more often complex, deep, and meaningful--and subject to the style changes we associate with high art. Bergesen shows how complex philosophical ideas of reincarnation are embedded in Transformer toys; how sneakers have gone through a life cycle of style types; why the decline of empires like Spain and the United States led to fictional characters like Don Quixote and Rambo; and why monsters from Japan look different than those from the United States."
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