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In the peanut gallery with Mystery Science Theater 3000 : essays on film, fandom, technology, and the culture of riffing

Author: Robert G Weiner; Shelley E Barba
Publisher: Jefferson, N.C. : McFarland, ©2011.
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"Mystery Science Theater 3000 featured a human host and a pair of robotic puppets who provided commentary on some of the worst films ever made. This is the first full-length scholarly analysis of Mystery Science Theater 3000 which blossomed from humble beginnings on Minnesota public-access television into a cultural phenomenon on major cable networks"--Provided by publisher.
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Genre/Form: Reviews
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Robert G Weiner; Shelley E Barba
ISBN: 9780786445325 0786445327
OCLC Number: 692291476
Description: xii, 265 pages : illustrations ; 26 cm
Contents: Acknowledgments --
Foreword: Riffing and you (and riffing) / by Kevin Murphy --
Foreword / by Robert Moses Peaslee --
Introduction / by Robert G. Weiner and Shelley E. Barba --
PART ONE. DIRECTORS --
There's been an accident at the studio: How we made hobgoblins! / Rick Sloane --
"Remember: Only you can prevent Roger Corman": The king of the Bs under siege / Cynthia J. Miller --
PART TWO. SPECIFIC FILMS --
Communists and cosmonauts in Mystery science theater 3000: De-Camping East Germany's First spaceship on Venus/Silent star / Sebastian Heiduschke --
The semiotics of spaceflight on the satellite of love / Matthew H. Hersch --
Resurrecting the dead: Revival of forgotten films through appropriation / Cheryl Hicks. PART THREE. FANDOM --
Becoming "The right people": fan-generated knowledge building / Kris M. Markman and John Overholt --
Converging fan cultures and the labors of fandom / Megan Condis --
"Consume excrement and thus expire": conflict resolution, "fantagonism," and alt.tv.mst3k / Jeremy Groskopf --
Cinemasochism: bad movies and the people who love them / David Ray Carter --
PART FOUR. MEDIA TEXTS, AUDIENCES, AND THE CULTURE OF RIFFING --
Double poaching and the subversive operations of riffing: "You kids with your hoola hoops and your Rosenbergs and your Communist agendas" / Ora Mcwilliams and Joshua Richardson --
Frame work, resistance and co-optation: how Mystery Science Theater 3000 positions us both in and against hegemonic culture / Michael Dean --
"Not too different from you or me": the paradox of fiction, joint attention, and longevity / Michael David Elam. Mystery Science Theater 3000: a media-centered exploration / Zachary Grimm --
Authorship and text remediation in Mystery Science Theater 3000 / Kaleb Havens --
PART FIVE. MENTAL HYGIENE: THE MST3K SHORTS --
"People were Whiter back then": film placement and in-theater commentary as sociopolitical dialogue / Erin Giannini --
Endearing educational shorts / Amanda R. Keeler --
Writing history with riffs: the historiography of the "shorts" / Miranda Tedholm --
PART SIX. SATIRE AND GENDER --
Robot roll call: Gypsy! (Hi girls!) / Michele Brittany --
What's the difference? Satire and separation in that "Little Puppet Show" / Alana Hatley --
PART SEVEN. TECHNOLOGY AND EPISODE COLLECTING --
Design and speculative technology of MST3K: Joel Hodgson and Trace Beaulieu at MIT / Jason Begy and Generoso Fierro. "Cambot eye": the synthesis of man, machine and spectatorship / Danielle Reay --
MSTies and mastery: circulating the tapes in a digital age / Joseph S. Walker --
PART EIGHT. HISTORY AND PRE-HISTORY --
"Hamlet will return in Thunderball": historical precedents of riffing / Mark Mcdermott --
From techno-isolation to social reconciliation / E. Mitchell --
Fishing with cheese on a Blood Hook: MST3K's unlikely origins on a lake in the woods of Wisconsin / Robert G. Weiner --
Afterword / Mary Jo Pehl.
Responsibility: edited by Robert G. Weiner and Shelley E. Barba ; forewords by Kevin Murphy and Robert Moses Peaslee ; afterword by Mary Jo Pehl.

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"Mystery Science Theater 3000 featured a human host and a pair of robotic puppets who provided commentary on some of the worst films ever made. This is the first full-length scholarly analysis of Mystery Science Theater 3000 which blossomed from humble beginnings on Minnesota public-access television into a cultural phenomenon on major cable networks"--Provided by publisher.

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