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See below for a selection of the latest books from Popular culture category. Presented with a red border are the Popular culture books that have been lovingly read and reviewed by the experts at Lovereading. With expert reading recommendations made by people with a passion for books and some unique features Lovereading will help you find great Popular culture books and those from many more genres to read that will keep you inspired and entertained. And it's all free!

The Secrets of LEGO (R) House

The Secrets of LEGO (R) House

Author: Jesus Diaz Format: Hardback Release Date: 05/08/2021

This guide takes you on a tour of the home of the brick, the official LEGO (R) House, so you can experience it for yourself at home! With photos, interviews, essays, and art from the LEGO archives, The Secrets of LEGO House explores the visual wonders and the themed zones -yellow for emotions, blue for problem solving, green for social interaction, and red for creativity-within the iconic LEGO House in Billund, Denmark. The Secrets of LEGO House offers an insider's look at the creative philosophy behind the iconic brand. On each page, discover the true secret hidden among the 25 million LEGO bricks-that everything in the house is purposefully designed around nine core principles of learning through play. A joy for those who aren't able to visit in person, and just as exciting for those who have, The Secrets of LEGO House is a bright, colorful celebration of the endless experiences possible with LEGO bricks. * EXCLUSIVE CONTENT: This book is a perfect gift or self-purchase for avid collectors and super fans seeking new, never-before-published content. * BROAD APPEAL: This book is not only perfect for longtime LEGO collectors, but also a broader audience of fans looking to explore the history of the toy they know and love. * BELOVED BRAND: For decades, the LEGO brand has inspired billions of people to stretch the limits of their imaginations. This book captures the creativity and joy at the heart of the LEGO brand, taking readers behind the scenes to reveal the brand's core ethos and ideals.

Sport Media Vectors

Sport Media Vectors

Author: Laurel Walzak Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/08/2021

Realism in Greek Cinema

Realism in Greek Cinema

Author: Vrasidas (University of Sydney, Australia) Karalis Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 29/07/2021

The history of Greek cinema post-1945 is best understood through the stories of its most internationally celebrated and influential directors. Focusing on the works of six major filmmakers active from just after WWII to the present day, with added consideration of many others, this book examines the development of cinema as an art form in the social and political contexts of Greece. Insights on gender in film, minority cinemas, stylistic richness and the representation of historical trauma are afforded by close readings of the work and life of such luminaries as Michael Cacoyannis, Nikos Koundouros, Yannis Dalianidis, Theo Angelopoulos, Antouanetta Angelidi, Yorgos Lanthimos, Athena-Rachel Tsangari and Costas Zapas. Throughout, the book examines how directors visually transmute reality to represent unstable societies, disrupted collective memories and national identity.

Jurassic World: Die-Cast Metal Projector

Jurassic World: Die-Cast Metal Projector

Author: Matthew K. Manning Format: Mixed media product Release Date: 29/07/2021

This high-quality die-cast metal mini projector shines the Jurassic World logo onto nearby surfaces! Kit includes: * 3 die-cast metal light projector that shines the Jurassic World logo onto nearby walls and surfaces * 32-page mini book featuring history, fun facts, and full-color images from the Jurassic films Batteries included.

British Children's Cinema

British Children's Cinema

Author: Noel (Liverpool Hope University, UK) Brown Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 29/07/2021

British children's films have played a part in the childhoods of generations of young people around the world for over a century. Until now, however, their cherished status has remained largely unexplored. In this book, Noel Brown relates the history of children's cinema in Britain from the early years of commercial cinema to the present day, to reveal the reasons behind its acclaim in international popular culture.Drawing on multiple sources, Brown provides in-depth analysis of a range of iconic films, including The Railway Children, The Thief of Bagdad, Bugsy Malone, the Harry Potter films,Mary Poppins, Nanny McPhee, Paddington, Oliver!, and Aardman's Wallace and Gromit series. Futhermore, he investigates industrial and commercial contexts, such as the role of the Children's Film Foundation; and includes revealing insights on changing social and cultural norms, such as the once-sacred tradition of Saturday morning cinema. Brown challenges common prejudices that children's films are inherently shallow or simplistic, revealing the often complex strategies that underpin their enduring appeal to audiences of all ages and backgrounds.In addition, he shows how the films allow a privileged access to historic cultures and the nation's political past. In doing so, Brown firmly establishes children's cinema as an important genre not only for students and scholars of film studies but also for those interested in socio-cultural history, the production and reception of popular entertainment and anyone looking for entertainment, escapism and nostalgia.

Beyond The Bridge

Beyond The Bridge

Drawing worldwide acclaim from critics and audiences alike, programmes like The Killing, Borgen, The Bridge and The Legacy demonstrate widespread fascination with Danish style, aesthetics and culture as seen through television narratives. This book uses familiar, alongside lesser known, case studies of drama series to demonstrate how the particular features of Danish production - from work cultures, to storytelling techniques and trans-national cooperation - have enhanced contemporary Danish drama's appeal both at home and abroad. The era of globalisation has blurred national and international television cultures and promoted regular cross-fertilisation between film and television industries. Important questions have emerged from this context surrounding, for example, the 'Americanisation' of foreign television formats, the meaning and practice behind the term 'quality television', and the purpose and efficacy of public service broadcasting. Beyond the Bridge tackles these issues in relation to Danish television, by examining the so-called 'scaffolded production processes' behind the making of quality serials and their thought-provoking content. Drawing on popular motifs from these celebrated dramas such as foreign politics, organised crime, global warming, and the impact of multinational corporations, this timely book provides crucial insight into the Danish dramas at the forefront of sophisticated, forward-thinking, fictional television.

Beet This

Beet This

Author: Tyanni Niles, Sam Kaplan Format: Hardback Release Date: 29/07/2021

Narrating the NBA

Narrating the NBA

Author: Lukasz Muniowski Format: Hardback Release Date: 15/07/2021

This book analyzes career narratives of selected prominent NBA players after the Michael Jordan era, understood as the time after his second retirement in January 1999. It was a pivotal time for the league, as Jordan became synonymous with NBA basketball and the face of its global expansion. The players discussed in the book have been selected because of the significance of their career narratives, as all of them correspond with certain archetypes, prevalent in the world not only of professional basketball, but of professional sports in general. The private and public personas of eight players as well as their depiction by the media are analyzed not only regarding their success on the basketball court, but also in light of what they have come to represent for the modern NBA. The players discussed in this book are Shaquille O'Neal, Alonzo Mourning, Vin Baker, Allen Iverson, Antoine Walker, Steve Nash, Tim Duncan, and Kobe Bryant. Collectively, these eight players embody the distinguishing character profiles and career arcs of sports superstars with dominance, individualism, and athleticism being as much parts of sports star culture as egotism, injuries, boredom, addiction, and bankruptcy.

Sampling Politics

Sampling Politics

Music sampling has become a predominantly digitalized practice. It was popularized with the rise of Rap and Hip-Hop, as well as ambient music scenes, but it has a history stretching back to the earliest days of sound recording and experimental music making from around the world. Digital tools and networks allow artists to sample music across national borders and from diverse cultural traditions with relative ease, prompting questions around not only fair use, copyright, and freedom of expression, but also cultural appropriation and copywrongs. For example, non-commercial forms of sharing that are now commonplace on the web bring musicians and their audiences into closer contact with emerging regimes of commercial web-tracking and state-sponsored online surveillance. Moreover, when musicians actively engage in political or social causes through their music, they are liable to both commercial and state forces of control. Shifts back to corporate ownership and control of the global music business-online and offline-highlight competing claims for commercial and cultural ownership and control of sampled music from local communities, music labels, and artists. Each case study is based on archival research, close listening, and musical analysis, alongside conversations and public reflections from artists such as David Byrne, Annirudha Das, Asian Dub Foundation, John Cage, Brian Eno, Sarah Jones, Gil Scott-Heron, Karlheinz Stockhausen, Dunya Yunis, and Sonia Mehta. Sampling Politics provides ways to listen and hear (again) how sampling practices and music making work, on its own terms and in context. In so doing, M.I. Franklin corrects some errors in the public record, addressing some longstanding misperceptions over the creative, legal, and cultural legacy of music sampling in some cases of rich, and complex practices that have also been called musical borrowing, cultural appropriation, or theft. This book considers the musicalities and musicianship at stake in each case, as well as the respective creative practices and performance cultures underscoring the ethics of attribution and collaboration when sampling artists make music.

Educational Theory in British Children's Literary Classics

Educational Theory in British Children's Literary Classics

Author: Thomas Albritton Format: Hardback Release Date: 15/07/2021

Drawing on over thirty years of teaching children's literature and education, including special topics courses on pedagogical imagery in popular media, the author has drawn those two enterprises together to apply an educational perspective to several giants in the canon of children's literature. Albritton finds and explores images of teaching and learning in Lewis Carroll's two Alice novels, a selection of tales by Beatrix Potter, both play and novel versions of Peter Pan, Kenneth Grahamme's The Wind in the Willows, selected stories featuring Winnie-the-Pooh, The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, The Hobbit, and the first three of J.K. Rowling's novels featuring the young wizard in training, Harry Potter. Through these works, the author finds traces of Plato, Rousseau, Dewey, and Vygotsky, portrayals of growth mindset and high stakes testing, and evidence of the pedagogical power of inquiry, teacher personality, and project-based learning. Albritton's intention is to give equal play to each analytical focus, resulting in a richer appreciation for the literature and a deeper understanding of the theory.

Gramsci and Media Literacy

Gramsci and Media Literacy

Author: Erika Engstrom, Ralph Beliveau Format: Hardback Release Date: 15/07/2021

This book offers a series of contemporary media analyses that use Antonio Gramsci's theory of hegemony to explore how dominant ideologies in media delivery, historical storytelling, and gender in today's mass media environment become the commonsense viewpoints that maintain power structures in civil society. Through a media literacy approach, case studies of ideological delivery through television and film illustrate why Gramscian media theory serves as a valuable tool for revealing the many ways hegemonic thought operates in the media sphere and in everyday life, and they offer hope for counterhegemonic understandings.

Let's Talk About Hard Things

Let's Talk About Hard Things

Author: Anna Sale Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 08/07/2021

Death. Sex. Money. Tricky subjects we're taught to avoid in polite conversation. Here, the host of a hit podcast reveals how to talk about difficult things, and why it might be the most important thing we do. In Let's Talk About Hard Things, Sale takes her quest for more honest communication into her own life. She considers her history of facing (and sometimes avoiding) difficult subjects; she reflects on race, wealth, inequality, love, grief, death, power - all the things that shape our daily lives, the things we should be talking about, but often struggle to. Through the personal stories of people whose lives have been transformed by tough conversations, we discover new ways of approaching these tricky topics with family, friends, loved ones, and strangers. Let's Talk About Hard Things is candid, unflinching, and entertaining in its quest to make everyone more comfortable with the uncomfortable realities of life.