Signs of Life in the USA: Readings on Popular Culture for Writers (8th Edition)

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book-author

Sonia Massik, Jack Solomon

publisher

Bedford/St. Martin’s; 8th edition

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PDF

pages

620 pages

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English

asin

B01N9JPMK6

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1457670259

isbn13

9781457670251


Book Description

Signs of Life in the USA: Readings on Popular Culture for Writers 8th edition (PDF) teaches college students to write and read critically about popular culture by giving them a conceptual framework to do it: semiotics; a field of critical theory developed specifically for the interpretation of culture and its signs. Written by a prominent semiotician and an experienced writing instructor; the text’books high-interest themes feature provocative and current reading selections that ask college students to think analytically about America’s impressive popular culture: Has the nature of personal identity changed in an era when we spend so much of our lives online? How is TV’s Mad Men a lightning rod for America’s polarized political climate? Signs of Life in the USA 8th edition bridges the transition to college writing by providing students with academic language to talk about our common; everyday cultural experience. Read the preface.

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book-author

Sonia Massik, Jack Solomon

publisher

Bedford/St. Martin’s; 8th edition

file-type

PDF

pages

620 pages

language

English

asin

B01N9JPMK6

isbn10

1457670259

isbn13

9781457670251

Table of contents


Table of contents :
Cover……Page 1
Inside Cover……Page 2
Title Page……Page 5
Copyright Page……Page 6
Preface for Instructors……Page 7
Contents……Page 17
Dawn of the Living Droid……Page 31
From Folk to Fab……Page 32
Pop Culture Goes to College……Page 37
The Semiotic Method……Page 38
Interpreting Popular Signs: Androids and Zombies and Vampires, Oh My!……Page 42
The Classroom Connection……Page 46
Of Myths and Men……Page 47
Getting Started……Page 49
Writing About Popular Culture……Page 51
Using Active Reading Strategies……Page 52
Prewriting Strategies……Page 54
Developing Strong Arguments about Popular Culture……Page 56
Conducting a Semiotic Analysis……Page 58
Reading Visual Images Actively……Page 61
Essay 1……Page 64
Essay 2……Page 71
Essay 3……Page 79
Conducting Research and Citing Sources……Page 86
Scott Jaschik: A Stand against Wikipedia……Page 87
Patti S. Caravello: Judging Quality on the Web……Page 90
Trip Gabriel: For Students in Internet Age, No Shame in Copy and Paste……Page 92
1. Consuming Passions: The Culture of American Consumption……Page 101
Laurence Shames: The More Factor……Page 110
Anne Norton: The Signs of Shopping……Page 117
Malcolm Gladwell: The Science of Shopping……Page 123
JON Mooallem: The Self-Storage Self……Page 132
Stephanie Clifford and Quentin Hardy: Attention, Shoppers: Store is Tracking Your Cell……Page 140
Thomas Hine: What’s in a Package……Page 143
James A. Roberts: The Treadmill of Consumption……Page 153
Phyllis M. Japp and Debra K. Japp: Purification through Simplification: Nature, the Good Life, and Consumer Culture……Page 158
Steve Mckevitt: Everything Now……Page 173
Thomas Frank: Commodify Your Dissent……Page 180
2. Brought to You B(u)y: The Signs of Advertising……Page 187
Jack Solomon: Masters of Desire: The Culture of American Advertising……Page 196
James B. Twitchell: What We Are to Advertisers……Page 207
Steve Craig: Men’s Men and Women’s Women……Page 212
Jennifer L. Pozner: Dove’s “Real Beauty” Backlash……Page 224
Gloria Steinem: Sex, Lies, and Advertising……Page 227
Juliet B. Schor: Selling to Children: The Marketing of Cool……Page 248
Joseph Turow: The Daily You: How the New Advertising Industry IsDefi ning Your Identity and Your Worth……Page 258
Julia B. Corbett: A Faint Green Sell: Advertising and the Natural World……Page 265
3. Video Dreams: Television and Cultural Forms……Page 293
Nick Serpe: Reality Pawns: The New Money TV……Page 306
Claire Miye Stanford: You’ve Got the Wrong Song: Nashville and Country Music Feminism……Page 314
Michelle Dean: Here Comes the Hillbilly, Again……Page 321
Carl Matheson: The Simpsons, Hyper-Irony, and the Meaning of Life……Page 325
Natasha Simons: Mad Men and the Paradox of the Past……Page 338
Jane Hu: Reality Hunger: On Lena Dunham’s Girls……Page 342
Willa Paskin: Devious Maids Skewers the One Percent……Page 350
Neal Gabler: The Social Networks……Page 353
4. The Hollywood Sign: The Culture of American Film……Page 359
Linda Seger: Creating the Myth……Page 372
Jessica Hagedorn: Asian Women in Film: No Joy, No Luck……Page 381
Helena Andrews: The Butler versus The Help : Gender Matters……Page 390
Matt Zoller Seitz: The Offensive Movie Cliché That Won’t Die……Page 394
Michael Parenti: Class and Virtue……Page 399
David Denby: High-School Confidential: Notes on Teen Movies……Page 404
Michael Agresta: How the Western Was Lost — and Why It Matters……Page 410
Christine Folch: Why the West Loves Sci-Fi and Fantasy: A Cultural Explanation……Page 416
5. The Cloud: Semiotics and the New Media……Page 421
S. Craig Watkins: Fast Entertainment and Multitasking in an Always-On World……Page 431
International Center for Media and the Public Agenda: Students Addicted to Social Media……Page 441
Simon Dumenco: If We’re All So Sick of You, Facebook, Why Can’t We Quit You?……Page 445
Danah Boyd: Implications of User Choice: The Cultural Logic of “MySpace or Facebook?”……Page 448
Salvador Rodriguez: In the Digital Age, Breaking Up Is Hard to Do……Page 453
Richard Rushfield: Toward a Unifi ed Theory of How the Internet Makes Everything Terrible……Page 456
Daniel D’Addario: Everything Is “Trolling” Now……Page 458
Henry Jenkins: Convergence Culture……Page 461
6. Heroes and Villains: Encoding Our Conflicts: Encoding Our Conflicts……Page 479
Robert B. Ray: The Thematic Paradigm……Page 488
Stevie St. John: Out of Character: Wonder Woman’s Strength Is Her Compassion — What Happened?……Page 497
Heather Havrilesky: No Sympathy for the Devil……Page 503
Laura Bennett: Against Antiheroes……Page 509
George Packer: Celebrating Inequality……Page 512
Noah Gittell: The Lone Ranger Seals It: America’s New Favorite Villain Is a Rich Guy……Page 515
Tim Layden: A Patriot’s Tale……Page 518
Lorraine Devon Wilke: Snowden’s a Hero, Obama’s a Villain……Page 523
7. My Selfie, My Self: Ma(s)king Identity in the New Millennium……Page 529
Rachel Lowry: Straddling Online and Offline Profiles, Millennials Search for Identity……Page 538
Aaron Devor: Gender Role Behaviors and Attitudes……Page 542
Deborah Blum: The Gender Blur: Where Does Biology End and Society Take Over?……Page 549
Kevin Jennings: American Dreams……Page 557
Mariah Burton Nelson: I Won. I’m Sorry…….Page 562
Alfred Lubrano: The Shock of Education: How College Corrupts……Page 569
Michael Omi: In Living Color: Race and American Culture……Page 576
Dani Mcclain: Being “Masculine of Center” While Black……Page 588
Theresa Celebran Jones: Sanjay and Craig: Nickelodeon’s Hilarious New Mixed-Race Heroes……Page 592
Aymar Jean Christian: The End of Post-Identity Television……Page 594
Glossary……Page 599
Acknowledgments……Page 603
Index of Authors and Titles……Page 607
Inside Back Cover……Page 611
Back Cover……Page 612

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