develops methods and analyses of contemporary film, television,music, and other artifacts to discern their nature and effects. The book argues thatmedia culture is now the dominant form of culture which socializes us and providesmaterials for identity in terms of both social reproduction and change. Throughstudies of Reagan and
horror films and youth films, rap music and African-American culture, Madonna, fashion, television news and entertainment, MTV,
Beavis and Butt-Head,
the Gulf War as cultural text, cyberpunk fiction andpostmodern theory, Kellner provides a series of lively studies that both illuminatecontemporary culture and provide methods of analysis and critique.Many people today talk about cultural studies, but Kellner actually does it,carrying through a unique mixture of theoretical analysis and concrete discussionsof some of the most popular and influential forms of contemporary media culture.Criticizing social context, political struggle, and the system of cultural production,Kellner develops a multidimensional approach to cultural studies that broadensthe field and opens it to a variety of disciplines. He also provides new approachesto the vexed question of the effects of culture and offers new perspectives forcultural studies.Anyone interested in the nature and effects of contemporary society and cultureshould read this book. Kellner argues that we are in a state of transition betweenthe modern era and a new postmodern era and that media culture offers a privilegedfield of study and one that is vital if we are to grasp the full import of the changescurrently shaking us.
is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Texas at Austinand author (with Michael Ryan) of
Camera Politica: The politics and ideology of Hollywood films
and (with Steven Best) of
Postmodern Theory: Critical Interrogations.
Kellner has also published
Herbert Marcuse and the Crisis of Marxism; Critical Theory, Marxism, and Modernity; Jean Baudrillard: From Marxism to Postmodernism and Beyond; Television and the Crisis of Democracy;The Persian Gulf TV War.
He has edited
Baudrillard: A Critical Reader
and co-edited (with Stephen Bronner)
Critical Theory and Society: A Reader.