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Disposable futures : the seduction of violence in the age of spectacle

Author: Brad Evans; Henry A Giroux
Publisher: [San Francisco] : City Lights Books, [2015]
Series: Open Media book.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Drawing inspiration from Guy Debord's Society of the Spectacle and a wide range of other free thinkers and intellectuals, Brad Evans and Henry A. Giroux analyze how today's dominant economic system-neoliberalism-uses consumerism, privatization, and mass media to neutralize and control the public's participation in its own affairs. The consequence, they argue, is a "mode of existence that encourages us all to become
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Evans, Brad, 1968-
Disposable futures
(DLC) 2015004112
(OCoLC)890179928
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Brad Evans; Henry A Giroux
ISBN: 9780872866591 0872866599
OCLC Number: 915346525
Description: 1 online resource (xv, 280 pages).
Contents: Contents1 Cultures of Cruelty2 The Politics of Disposability 3 The Destruction of Humanity4 A Promise of Violence5 Crime & Punishment6 Fascinating Fascism Revisited7 Beyond Orwell: Violence & the Surveillance State 8 The Dystopian ImaginaryNotes Select Bibliography Index About the Authors
Series Title: Open Media book.
Responsibility: Brad Evans and Henry A. Giroux.

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