UFOs, Chemtrails, and Aliens: What Science Says by Donald R. Prothero,Timothy D. Callahan,Michael Shermer

By Donald R. Prothero,Timothy D. Callahan,Michael Shermer

UFOs. extraterrestrial beings. unusual crop circles. great figures scratched within the wasteland floor alongside the coast of Peru. the fantastic alignment of the pyramids. unusual traces of clouds within the sky. the mystical is alive and good within the American cultural panorama. In UFOs, Chemtrails, and extraterrestrial beings, Donald R. Prothero and Tim Callahan discover why such demonstrably fake ideals thrive regardless of a long time of schooling and clinical debunking. making use of the floor ideas of technology and the criteria of medical facts, Prothero and Callahan talk about quite a lot of themes together with the reliability of eyewitness testimony, mental examine into why humans are looking to think in extraterrestrial beings and UFOs, and the function conspiratorial considering performs in alien craft tradition. They learn quite a few alien ship sightings and describe the criteria of facts used to figure out no matter if UFOs are real alien spacecraft. eventually, they think about our perspectives of extraterrestrial beings and the robust cultural indications that supply the shapes and behaviors of those beings. whereas their process is firmly established in technology, Prothero and Callahan additionally proportion their own studies of region fifty one, Roswell, and different mythical websites, making a narrative that's certain to engross either skeptics and believers.

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Landscape, Tourism, and Meaning (New Directions in Tourism by Anne K Soper,Charles E Greer,Michelle M, Dr

By Anne K Soper,Charles E Greer,Michelle M, Dr Metro-Roland,Daniel C, Professor Knudsen

How will we re-theorize tourism? through drawing much less at the Foucauldian thought of 'tourism as observing' and as a substitute concentrating on the social development of which means within the panorama, this insightful ebook offers an leading edge and compelling new method of vacationer stories. Arguing that during any view of the panorama and in tourism mostly there's a multiplicity of insider and outsider meanings, the ebook grounds tourism reports in the framework of social conception, and especially within the social theoretic methods to landscape.

Bringing jointly experts in tourism and panorama stories to debate the relationships among the 2, it unearths that problems with id are a typical thread and are raised in regards to the social building of panorama and its portrayal via tourism. The overseas reports diversity in scale from neighborhood to nationwide, own to political, and from neighborhood citizens to foreign travelers, highlighting the multiplicity of interpretations and meanings among those scales.

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The Wu-Tang Clan and RZA: A Trip through Hip Hop's 36 by Alvin Blanco

By Alvin Blanco

This insightful biography seems on the turbulent lives, groundbreaking tune and lyrics, and robust model of hip hop's notorious Wu-Tang Clan.

• A chronology of significant occasions and milestones relating the Wu-Tang Clan

• pictures of the gang and its person members

• A thesaurus of slang phrases and colloquial jargon utilized in Wu-Tang Clan's lyrics

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Our Monica, Ourselves: The Clinton Affair and the National by Lauren Berlant,Lisa A. Duggan

By Lauren Berlant,Lisa A. Duggan

Alongside the O.J. Simpson trial, the affair among invoice Clinton and Monica Lewinsky now stands because the seminal cultural occasion of the 90s. however transfixed and repelled by means of this sexual scandal, confusion nonetheless reigns over its meanings and implications. How are we to make feel of a story that's frequently wild and peculiar, but replete with critical political and cultural implications?

Our Monica, Ourselves presents a discussion board for considering in the course of the cultural, political, and public coverage concerns raised via the research, exposure, and Congressional impeachment complaints surrounding the affair. It pulls this spectacle out of the framework supplied via the conventions of the company information media, with its specific notions of what constitutes a newsworthy occasion. Drawing from a wide diversity of students, Our Monica, Ourselves considers Monica Lewinsky's Jewishness, Linda Tripp's face, the President's penis, the position of disgrace in public discourse, and what it truly is wish to have intercourse because the president, in addition to particular criminal and historic concerns at stake within the impeachment of invoice Clinton.

Thoughtful yet obtainable, quick but a ways achieving, Our Monica, Ourselves will switch the way in which we expect in regards to the Clinton affair, whereas aiding us reimagine tradition and politics writ large.

Contributors contain: Lauren Berlant, Eric O. Clarke, Ann Cvetkovich, Simone Weil Davis, Lisa Duggan, Jane Gallop, Marjorie Garber, Janet R. Jakobsen, James R. Kincaid, Laura Kipnis, Tomasz Kitlinski, Pawel Leszkowicz, Joe Lockard, Catharine Lumby, Toby Miller, Dana D. Nelson, Anna Marie Smith, Ellen Willis, and Eli Zaretsky.

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The Citizen Audience: Crowds, Publics, and Individuals by Richard Butsch

By Richard Butsch

In The Citizen Audience, Richard Butsch explores the cultural and political historical past of audiences within the usa from the 19th century to the current. He demonstrates that, whereas attitudes towards audiences have shifted over the years, american citizens have continually judged audiences opposed to criteria of excellent citizenship.

From descriptions of tightly packed crowds in early American theaters to the modern stories of far away, nameless net audiences, Butsch examines how audiences have been represented in modern discourse. He explores a wide variety of resources on theater, videos, propaganda, advertisements, broadcast journalism, and masses extra. Butsch discovers that audiences have been characterised in accordance with 3 recurrent motifs: as crowds and as remoted members in a mass, either one of that have been thought of undesirable, and as publics which have been thought of perfect audiences. those photographs have been in line with and strengthened type and different social hierarchies. from time to time notwithstanding, subordinate teams challenged their damaging characterization in those photographs, and countered with their very own interpretations.

A striking paintings of cultural feedback and media historical past, this e-book is vital examining for someone looking an historic knowing of ways audiences, media and leisure functionality within the American cultural and political mind's eye.


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The Music of Counterculture Cinema: A Critical Study of by Mathew J. Bartkowiak,Yuya Kiuchi

By Mathew J. Bartkowiak,Yuya Kiuchi

motion pictures produced in past due Sixties and early Nineteen Seventies America—along with later motion pictures concentrating on that period—continue to border our figuring out of the counterculture period. the preferred and experimental song of the day is critical to the counterculture narrative on movie, from the utopian Monterey Pop (1968) to the disenchantment of Gimme Shelter (1970). however the musical part of the circulate was once now not monolithic, and a examine of up to date movie soundtracks finds loads of complexity. The coinciding struggles to outline collective and person identities according to race, classification, gender and new release are good documented within the track of counterculture cinema.

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Culture and Cognition: Patterns in the Social Construction by Wayne H. Brekhus

By Wayne H. Brekhus

How does tradition form our pondering? In what methods do our social and cultural worlds input into our psychological worlds? How do the groups we belong to persuade what we discover and what we forget about? What cultural edition can we see in cognition? What normal styles can we see throughout this variety and variation?

In this full of life and interesting ebook, Wayne H. Brekhus exhibits us the numerous ways in which tradition affects our cognitive notion techniques. Drawing on a variety of attention-grabbing examples, resembling how participants of other subcultures understand probability and defense, how cultures variably classify and perceptually weight race, how social actors use and current identification as a strategic source, and the way humans throughout diverse organizational settings event time, Brekhus takes us on an artistic, varied, and insightful travel of the sociocultural personality of cognition.

Culture and Cognition: styles within the Social development of Reality bargains a useful survey of a wide-ranging physique of analysis within the sociology of tradition and cognition that might be an inviting source for upper-level undergraduates, graduate scholars, and demonstrated examine students alike.

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A Psychonaut's Guide to the Invisible Landscape: The by Dan Carpenter,Daniel Pinchbeck

By Dan Carpenter,Daniel Pinchbeck

A daring cartography of the interior panorama seen in basic terms to these experiencing altered states

• provides the psychedelic adventure as an target panorama that embodies the opposite, instead of a subjective nation of mind

• offers corroboration of phenomena encountered through those that enterprise into this domain

Journeying into the invisible international published by means of his use of the dissociative psychedelic DXM (dextromethorphan), Dan chippie discovered that what he skilled used to be no longer easily subjective sensations and mental states yet an aim international of typical, if inordinately strange, landmarks and characters. The working diary he saved of those voyages recounts impressions of a panorama charted via different tourists into this internal area and contains descriptions of a number of the related phenomena recorded by means of such brain tourists as Terence and Dennis McKenna, Alexander and Ann Shulgin, and others who've skilled the hive mind--the pool of all realization. Into this territory the place expression is like chaos thought, the place oddly symmetrical order manifests out of the doubtless anarchic swirl of pictures and occasions, the writer ventures with the state of mind of a naturalist, accepting no matter what can be instead of what he hopes he could locate. What emerges isn't a situation crafted through subjective event, yet a panorama that embodies the opposite and that represents a unsleeping kingdom within which the limitations among the self and the not-self dissolve.

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80s Chart-Toppers: Every Chart-Topper Tells a Story by Sharon Davis

By Sharon Davis

The '80s have been a decade of musical switch. because the '70s disco stranglehold used to be damaged, rock, homosexual, dance and dad tune competed with funk and soul, romantic ballads and political protest, computerised tune and controversy.

The glamour of dress, greasepaint and cross-dressing used to be placed to stable use via New Romantic teams like Spandau Ballet, Duran Duran, smooth telephone, tradition membership and the Human League, whereas the area additionally seemed to Britain for the main interesting pop acts corresponding to the multi-million-selling Wham!, Frankie is going To Hollywood, Eurythmics and the puppy store Boys. Mainstream dance track used to be at its height, spearheaded by way of inventory, Aitken and Waterman, and their reliable of artists, together with Kylie Minogue, Jason Donovan and Rick Astley, have been all chart-topping names.

From the united states got here the artist of the last decade, Michael Jackson, whereas Madonna and Whitney Houston supplied the 'Girl strength' of the '80s. the last decade additionally observed the philanthropic part of the track because the stars answered to famine in Ethiopia with the charity files 'Do They comprehend it truly is Christmas?' and 'We Are The World'.

The'80s catered for all musical tastes, irrespective of how weird and wonderful, and was once way more eclectic than the other decade. From bubble-gum pop with dollars Fizz to the stadium rock of easy Minds,'80s Chart-Toppers brings a complete year-by-year, month-by-month advisor to the most popular sounds of the decade.

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