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Carnival Culture : The Trashing of Taste in America - James Twitchell

Carnival Culture

The Trashing of Taste in America

Paperback Published: 14th October 1993
ISBN: 9780231078313
Number Of Pages: 306
For Ages: 22+ years old

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[Twitchell cites] numerous examples of crassness, inanity and sheer disregard for the idea of quality in publishing, television, and the movies... A veritable catalogue of vulgarity. New York Times Book Review Vividly dissects American entertainment. Newsweek More horrifying than anything Stephen King could concoct. San Francisco Chronicle Twitchell is on to something when he argues that democracy has canonized a new culture as, driven by the will of the majority, books have given ways to movies, which in turn have been usurped by TV in a canon he describes as 'carnival culture.'... Twitchell shows that the mass media, a forum for our common concerns and anxieties, have made possible the ascent of the tastes of the young and the unsophisticated to cultural dominance. Publishers Weekly

Untended gates - the triumph of vulgarity in an age of show business; paperbacked culture - how candles became shoes; peepshow America - Hollywood and popular taste; programming television - reflections on the electronic midway; vulgarity victorious - the collapse of cultural hierarchy in postmodern America.

ISBN: 9780231078313
ISBN-10: 0231078315
Audience: Professional
For Ages: 22+ years old
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 306
Published: 14th October 1993
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.76 x 15.34  x 1.7
Weight (kg): 0.44