Beautiful Things in Popular Culture

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Alan McKee
John Wiley & Sons, Apr 15, 2008 - Social Science - 248 pages
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This is an innovative book that addresses the question of howconsumers make decisions about what is good and what is bad inpopular culture.

  • An entertaining and informative guide to the range of aestheticcriteria that goes into judging mass culture's most celebratedtexts and objects - from Batman to motor bikes, and pop stars tointernet pornography



  • Brings together a series of accessible and engaging essayswritten by connoisseurs of various areas of popular culture



  • Tackles the core question of how consumers make decisions aboutwhat is good popular culture and what is bad popular culture



  • Offers an entertaining and educative read for academic readersas well as purveyors of culture; moving beyond a 'greatest hits'list of popular culture to debate broader issues.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
Brian Michael Bendis
15
The Dark Knight Returns
33
Red Dragon
49
Emma Darcy
64
cruisingforsexcom
79
Michael Jordan
87
The Nike Air Max Classic TW
99
The Ducati 916 Superbike
124
Humphrey Jennings The Silent Village 1943
144
Warrior Princess Alti
164
Kylie Minogue
178
Sharon Redd Never Give You Up
193
Conclusion
204
Index
225
Copyright

Grand Theft Auto San Andreas
111

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About the author (2008)

Alan McKee is Associate Professor of Creative Industries at Queensland University of Technology. He is the author of Textual Analysis: A Beginner’s Guide (2003) and The Public Sphere: An Introduction (2005).

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