Offering a series of case studies of recent media controversies, this collection draws on new perspectives in cultural studies to consider a wide variety of images. The book suggest how we might achieve a more subtle understanding of controversial images and negotiate the difficult terrain of the new media landscape. RÜSTEM ERTU? ALTINAY Doctoral candidate at New York University, USA MARTIN BARKER Emeritus Professor at Aberystwyth University, UK BRUCE BENNETT Lecturer in Film Studies in the Lancaster Institute for Contemporary Arts at Lancaster University, UK PAUL BRIGHTON Executive Principal Lecturer and Head of Media and Film, University of Wolverhampton, UK CATHERINE ANN COLLINS Professor in the Department of Rhetoric and Media Studies at Willamette University, USA JEREMY COLLINS Lectures in media studies at London Metropolitan University, UK DAVID DOUGLASS Dean of Campus Life and Professor of Rhetoric and Media Studies at Willamette University, USA MEREDITH JONES Senior Lecturer at the University of Technology, Sydney, Australia STEVE JONES Lecturer in the Department of Media at Northumbria University, UK JULIA KENNEDY Senior Lecturer in Journalism at University College Falmouth, UK PLAMENA KOURTOVA PhD Candidate in Ethnomusicology at Florida State University, USA STEPHEN MADDISON Principal Lecturer in Cultural Studies at the University of East London, UK SUSANNA PAASONEN Professor of Media Studies at University of Turku, Finland JULIAN PETLEY Professor of Journalism and Screen Media in the School of Arts, Brunel University, UK CAROLINE RUDDELL Lecturer in Film and Television at St. Marys University College at Strawberry Hill, UK CLARISSA SMITH Reader in Sexual Cultures at the University of Sunderland, UK ADAM STAPLETON PhD candidate in the school of Communication Arts at the University of Western Sydney, Australia
Controversial Mega-Events and the Sponsor´s Image:The Affect of the 2008 Olympic Games on its Sponsor´s Social Image Florence S. de Ruijter
In 1968, the Republican Convention was a display of congeniality and unity, despite the various factions each supporting a separate candidate. Choosing Spiro Agnew as his running mate, Richard Nixon won the nomination on the first ballot, with Ronald Reagan moving to make it unanimous. Conservatives such as Barry Goldwater and Strom Thurmond immediately joined in the support. From that moment, the results of Nixon´s work since the 1962 defeat took effect, and he demonstrated himself to be a far more thoughtful and careful candidate than in the past. The image of a ´´New Nixon´´ emerged, ´´more statesmanlike, less combative, more mature and presidential´´. The Democrats, on the other hand, were in terrible disarray. The Vietnam War raged with no honorable end in sight, President Kennedy had been assassinated several years before, and public unrest at home grew by the day. Even still, when Senator Eugene McCarthy decided to throw his hat into the ring in 1968, it was a surprise, but it was an even greater one when he was only narrowly defeated in the first primary in New Hampshire on March 12th. Though President Lyndon B. Johnson had won the primary, the close margin made him appear vulnerable, an unusual position for a sitting president, and after McCarthy´s close shave in New Hampshire, Senator Bobby Kennedy judged the time was right to enter the race. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Scott Clem. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/087144de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
"When General Kim Jong-il was born, the clouds opened up, and he came down from heaven, and then there was a huge snowstorm! When General Kim Jong-il shouts out loud, storms always happen, huge storms always happen!" - "Dear Leader;" a state-issued anthem dedicated to Kim Jong-il North Korea has long been the butt of jokes, and it has been a longstanding target of international criticism, but the startling satellite image was anything but amusing, for it demonstrated the truly catastrophic conditions North Koreans find themselves in. Statistics show that the average South Korean uses up to 10,162 kilowatt hours of power per year, whereas their neighbors in the north consume only 739. This is only one amongst a slew of stumbling blocks affecting the state, impeding it from proper progress. The mismatching network of sprawling, yet lifeless cities and squalid, poverty-stricken provinces stands eerily silent next to the bustling metropolises on either side of it. North Korea is trapped in an impenetrable, soundproof bubble, the entire state frozen in time. Notwithstanding a fractional sliver of the capital, where the Supreme Commander and the North Korean elites resided, the faded Pyongyang skyline and its blocky, monotone buildings - while a vast improvement from the rest of the state - seemed to be lifted straight out of the ´70s at best. So why is North Korea so starkly different from its neighbors when nothing more but mere borders separate them? A tyrannical lineage secured by nepotism. An entire nation indoctrinated by chilling, mindboggling propaganda, molded by fear and forced ignorance. Mass purges doled out seemingly on whims, without fair trials. Unparalleled paranoia and cold-blooded assassinations left and right, seemingly around every curve and corner. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Dan Gallagher. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/103774de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
North Korea has long been the butt of jokes, and it has been a longstanding target of international criticism. But the startling satellite image was anything but amusing, for it demonstrated the truly catastrophic conditions North Koreans find themselves in. North Korea would be horrific enough if it was a fictional place, but its nuclear weapons program is all too real. On September 17, 2017, President Donald Trump tweeted another nickname of the type he has infamously coined for his opponents: "I spoke with President Moon of South Korea last night. Asked him how Rocket Man is doing. Long gas lines forming in North Korea. Too bad!" The "Rocket Man" in question, of course, was none other than the notoriously brutal and wildly erratic North Korean dictator, Kim Jong-un. Capitalizing on the viral nature of the controversial tweet, Trump repeated the nickname just a few days later in his speech before the UN General Assembly. He warned the congregation of fidgety ambassadors about the grave threats posed by North Korea´s depraved regime: "The United States had great strength and patience, but if forced to defend itself or its allies, we will have no choice but to totally destroy North Korea.... Rocket Man is on a suicide mission for himself and for his regime." Needless to say, the rumors regarding Iran´s nuclear capabilities and the murky nature of the regime have understandably left many a nation and their leaders on the edges of their seats. Experts insist that the Iranian propaganda program, which many say out-rival even North Korea´s, is chiefly responsible for entrenching into its masses a resentment of the West, particularly the United States and Israel, and their liberal ideals. Unlike North Korea, which proudly walls itself off from the rest of civilization, the Iranian propaganda mills are constantly refurbishing themselves so as to appeal to a younger and more impressionable demographic. Sin... 1. Language: English. Narrator: Dan Gallagher. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/103091de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
This book is the first critical anthology to examine the controversial history of the zoo by focusing on its close relationship with screen media histories and technologies. Individual chapters address the representation of zoological spaces in classical and contemporary Hollywood cinema, documentary and animation, amateur and avant-garde film, popular television and online media. The Zoo and Screen Media: Images of Exhibition and Encounter provides a new map of twentieth-century human-animal relations by exploring how the zoo, that modern apparatus for presenting living animals to human audiences, has itself been represented across a diverse range of moving image media. Michael Lawrence is Lecturer in Film Studies at the University of Sussex, UK. He is the author of Sabu and the co-editor, with Laura McMahon, of Animal Life and the Moving Image. Karen Lury is Professor of Film and Television Studies at the University of Glasgow, UK and the author of The Child in Film: Tears, Fears and Fairytales . She is an editor of the international film and television studies journal, Screen.
From the author of Multiple Exposure, an "assured tale of love, loss, and secret agendas" (Publishers Weekly), comes the second novel in the thrilling Sophie Medina series, following a photojournalist as she races to find an international treasure before a murderer finds her. When freelance photojournalist Sophie Medina finds Brother Kevin Boyle, a Franciscan friar and controversial environmentalist, dead in the magnificent gardens of a Washington, DC, monastery, she is sure her friend was murdered. Shortly before he died, Kevin told Sophie he was being stalked, possibly because he uncovered a botanic discovery potentially worth millions of dollars. Left with few clues to his secret, Sophie is determined to figure out who killed him. Beginning with a key that leads to a priceless original 17th-century encyclopedia of plants, Sophie leaps into an international treasure hunt, following a trail that begins in the US Capitol and eventually leads to London and the English countryside. Before long Sophie suspects Kevin´s murderer may have been someone who knew him well. With time running out and a suspect list that includes the world´s leading botanical experts and political royalty from both sides of the Atlantic, can Sophie solve the 200-year-old mystery before Kevin´s killer finds her? A tale of greed and betrayal involving politicians, diplomats, European royalty, and a century-old monastery, Ghost Image is filled with political intrigue, history, and an international high-stakes race against a killer that will keep you guessing until the very last minute. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Caroline Shaffer. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/blak/007556de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Nigerian novelist and professor Chinua Achebe was acutely conscious that Western views of Africa were inevitably the views of a culture that assumed itself superior. When confronted by what it took to be an inferior culture, the West identified itself as better - materially, intellectually, even spiritually. Achebe believed that even as original and subtle a work as Joseph Conrad´s Heart of Darkness - a novel seen by many as a criticism of colonialism and one that Achebe admired stylistically - reflected these assumptions. For Achebe, Heart of Darkness was a book shot through with racist preconceptions that belittled and demeaned both Africa and Africans. As such it could never be considered a great work of art, as had consistently been claimed in the West. Achebe maintained that the novel´s racism left it permanently tainted. This was a view that shocked, startled, stimulated, and colored all subsequent opinions of Conrad. It remains controversial and challenging - even divisive - today. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Macat.com. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/060576de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.