RT Book, Whole DB /z-wcorg/ DS http://worldcat.org ID 788282211 LA English T1 The invisible hand in popular culture : liberty versus authority in American film and TV A1 Cantor, Paul A., PB University Press of Kentucky PP Lexington YR 2012 SN 9780813140827 081314082X 9780813140834 0813140838 9780813140841 0813140846 AB "Popular culture often champions freedom as the fundamentally American way of life and celebrates the virtues of independence and self-reliance. But film and television have also explored the tension between freedom and other core values, such as order and political stability. What may look like healthy, productive, and creative freedom from one point of view may look like chaos, anarchy, and a source of destructive conflict from another. Film and television continually pose the question: Can Americans deal with their problems on their own, or must they rely on political elites to manage their lives? 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.