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At stake : monsters and the rhetoric of fear in public culture /

Edward J. Ingebretsen.

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Main Author: Ingebretsen, Edward J.
Published: Chicago : University of Chicago Press, ©2001.
Topics: Monsters in mass media. | Mass media - United States. | Popular culture - United States. | Monsters. | Gothic Revival (letterkunde) | Collectief gedrag. | Angst. | Verbeelding. | Massamedia. | Beeldvorming. | Sociale moraal. | Populaire cultuur. | Déviance - Dans les médias. | Bien et mal - Dans les représentations sociales. | Peur collective. | Culture de masse. | Conformisme. | Massenmedien. | Ungeheuer. | Horror.
Regions: United States. | USA.
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Main Author: Ingebretsen, Edward J., 1950-
Physical Description: xvi, 341 pages ; 24 cm
Includes: Includes bibliographical references (pages 295-327) and index.
ISBN: 0226380068 (alk. paper)
9780226380063 (alk. paper)
0226380076 (pbk. ;
9780226380070 (pbk. ;
Review: "Anyone who reads the papers or watches the evening news is all too familiar with how variations of the word monster are used to describe unthinkable acts of violence. Jeffrey Dahmer, Timothy McVeigh, and O.J. Simpson were all monsters if we believe the mass media. Even Bill Clinton was labeled a "monster" during his impeachment scandal. But why is so much energy devoted in our culture to the making of monsters? Why are Americans so transfixed by transgression? What is at stake when the exclamatory gestures of horror films pass for descriptive arguments in courtrooms, ethical speech in political commentary, or the bedrock of mainstream journalism?" "At Stake is an analysis of popular culture, a critique of a secularized religious discourse, as well as a plea for cleaning up the ethics of public speech. Edward J. Ingebretsen explores the social construction of monstrousness in public discourse, examining the uses of transgression and deviancy in tabloids, mainstream press, television, magazines, sermons, speeches, and popular fiction."--Jacket.
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