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Paul A Cantor
|ISBN:||9780813140827 081314082X 9780813140834 0813140838 9780813140841 0813140846|
|Description:||xxvi, 461 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm|
|Contents:||Introduction: popular culture and spontaneous order, or, how I learned to stop worrying and love the tube --
Freedom and order in the Western. The Western and Western drama: John Ford's The searchers and The Oresteia ; The original frontier: Gene Roddenberry's apprenticeship for Star Trek in Have gun, will travel ; Order out of the mud: Deadwood and the state of nature --
Maverick creators and Maverick heroes. Mars attacks!: Tim Burton and the ideology of The flying saucer movie ; Flying solo: The aviator and entrepreneurial vision ; Cartman shrugged: the invisible gnomes and the invisible hand in South Park --
Edgar G. Ulmer: the aesthete from the Alps meets the King of the B's. The fall of the House of Ulmer: Europe versus America in the Gothic vision of The black cat ; America as wasteland in Detour: film noir and The Frankfurt school --
9/11, globalization, and new challenges to freedom. The truth is still out there: The X-files and 9/11 ; Un-American Gothic: the alien invasion narrative and global modernity.
|Responsibility:||Paul A. Cantor.|
The Invisible Hand in Popular Culture concludes with a discussion of the impact of 9/11 on film and television, and the new anxieties emerging in contemporary alien-invasion narratives: the fear of a global technocracy that seeks to destroy the nuclear family, religious faith, local government, and other traditional bulwarks against the absolute state."--Pub. desc.
"Analyses how ideas about economics and political philosophy find their way into everything from Star Trek to Malcolm in the Middle." -- "Wall Street Journal"