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Two Aspirins and a Comedy

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Zusammenfassung Can television be a positive force in society? Can socially conscious entertainment change the world? This book as... Lire la suite
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Zusammenfassung Can television be a positive force in society? Can socially conscious entertainment change the world? This book asks these questions and more and arrives at surprising and unconventional answers. It explores the health benefits of entertainment through the moral and spiritual effects of vicarious involvement with fictional characters.

Two Aspirins and a Comedy is best evaluated, perhaps, as sociologically informed social criticism. As such, it has a lot to offer. Sociologists trying to understand popular religious discourses in the media will certainly benefit by reading this provocative and insightful book.
Stephen Harold Riggins, Memorial University of Newfoundland, in Canadian Journal of Sociology

An extraordinary book which makes a vital contribution to our understanding of the potential power for healing and goodness in 'television entertainment.' Personally I hate the ads, the violence, the speed, the escapism of American television, but I've learned a very great deal from this book about 'the other side' of TV.
Arlie Hochschild, author of The Time Bind: When Work Becomes Home and Home Becomes Work (Owl Books, 2001)


Auteur

Metta Spencer, Emeritus Professor of Sociology at the University of Toronto, is the author of ten editions of Foundations of Modern Sociology (1984) and currently edits Peace Magazine.



Contenu

1. Introduction Part I 2. The Power of Stories 3. Happy Bodies: Joy as Medicine 4. Empathy Plus 5. Bad Vibes 6. Artistry and Ethics Part II 7. Justice and the Thrill Gene 8. The Right Emotion 9. The Trouble with Transcendence 10. Conclusion

Informations sur le produit

Titre: Two Aspirins and a Comedy
Sous-titre: How Television Can Enhance Health and Society
Auteur:
Code EAN: 9781594511554
ISBN: 978-1-59451-155-4
Format: Couverture cartonnée
Editeur: Taylor and Francis
Genre: Médias et communication
nombre de pages: 336
Poids: 454g
Taille: H229mm x B152mm
Année: 2006

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