Entertainment Values: How do we Assess Entertainment and Why does it Matter?

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Stephen Harrington
Springer, 14 ago. 2017 - 304 páginas
This collection brings together the work of a range of scholars from around the world with different perspectives on one simple question: How can we assess the value of various entertainment products and forms?
Entertainment is everywhere. The industries that produce it earn billions of dollars each year and employ hundreds of thousands of people. Its pervasiveness means almost everyone has something to say about entertainment, too, whether it be our opinion on the latest Hollywood blockbuster, a new celebrity couple, or our concerns over its place in the world of politics. And yet, in spite of its significance, entertainment has too-often been dismissed with surprising ease within the academy as a ‘mindless’, ‘lowbrow’ – even ‘dangerous’ – form of culture, and therefore unworthy of serious appraisal (let alone praise).
Entertainment Values, challenges this assumption, offering a better understanding of what entertainment is, why we should take it seriously, as well as helping us to appreciate the significant and complex impact it has on our culture.

 

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Índice

How Can We Value Entertainment? And Why Does It Matter?
1
What Is Entertainment? The Value of Industry Definitions
11
The Cultural Value of Merchandising
23
What Roller Coasters Teach Us About Being Human
41
Entertainment for the Mind Body and Spirit
59
The Value of Celebrity Gossip
70
Educating and Empowering Through Entertainment
91
The Educational Value of Entertainment
109
Entertainment and the Demediatization of Politics
165
Entertainment and Alternative Memory in China
179
Barthes Punctum Feminist Standpoint Theory and the Political Significance of YesAllWomen
195
Valuing Films as Entertainment
212
Representations of Public Relations in Entertainment
229
The Pornographication of Cinematic Entertainment
250
To Understand the Futures of Filmgoing We Must Know Its Histories
269
Index
278

Indigenous Australia Popular Music and Reconciliation
130
The Sociocultural Value of SemiFictional Entertainment and Popular Communication
149

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Stephen Harrington is Associate Professor in Journalism, Media and Communication at the Queensland University of Technology, and has published widely on the transforming relationships between politics, journalism, and popular media.

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