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The invisible hand in popular culture : liberty vs. authority in American film and TV

Author: Paul A Cantor
Publisher: Lexington, Ky. : University Press of Kentucky, ©2012.
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This book explores the ways television shows such as 'Star Trek', 'The X-Files', 'South Park', and 'Deadwood' and films such as The Searchers, Mars Attacks!, and The Aviator have portrayed both top-down and bottom-up models of order. Drawing on John Locke, Adam Smith, Alexis de Tocqueville, and other proponents of freedom, the book contrasts the classical liberal vision of America-particularly its emphasis on the  Read more...
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Cantor, Paul A. (Paul Arthur), 1945-
Invisible hand in popular culture.
Lexington, Ky. : University Press of Kentucky, c2012
(DLC) 2012029585
(OCoLC)822891951
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Paul A Cantor
ISBN: 9780813140827 081314082X 9780813140834 0813140838 9780813140841 0813140846 9781283695749 128369574X
OCLC Number: 822214318
Description: 1 online resource (xxvi, 461 p.) : ill.
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.

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This book explores the ways television shows such as 'Star Trek', 'The X-Files', 'South Park', and 'Deadwood' and films such as The Searchers, Mars Attacks!, and The Aviator have portrayed both top-down and bottom-up models of order. Drawing on John Locke, Adam Smith, Alexis de Tocqueville, and other proponents of freedom, the book contrasts the classical liberal vision of America-particularly its emphasis on the virtues of spontaneous order--with the Marxist understanding of the 'culture industry' and the Hobbesian model of absolute state control.

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"Analyses how ideas about economics and political philosophy find their way into everything from Star Trek to Malcolm in the Middle." -- "Wall Street Journal"

 
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