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While Canada is known for its official commitment to diversity, a close look at the country’s media reveals that lip service to differences notwithstanding, they rarely engage with it in ways that reflect its presence in Canadian society. The Media Gaze…

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Video games have long been seen as the exclusive territory of young, heterosexual white males. In a media landscape dominated by such gamers, players who do not fit this mold, including women, people of color, and LGBT people, are often brutalized in forums and…

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In the 1980s as the culture of poverty evolved into an intractable and often inherited condition for many people, new ways of encouraging self-sufficiency emerged. The ten essays in this anthology survey a variety of approaches and programs. Among the authors are…

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Willing Suspension of Disbelief: Poetic Faith in Film is a study of the way we watch film. Anthony Ferri explores the way expectations influence what they see, feel, and experience. Using Coleridge's term "willing suspension of disbelief" as a starting point,…

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Lori Emerson examines how interfaces—from today’s multitouch devices to yesterday’s desktops, from typewriters to Emily Dickinson’s self-bound fascicle volumes—mediate between writer and text as well as between writer and reader.…

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The authors of this book argue that telecommunications can play a catalytic role in rural economic development. Unlike other strategies that target specific industries or regions, enhanced telecommunications can help a broad array of industries in various rural…

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In late 1995, the drama Heaven Above (Cangtian zaishang) debuted on Chinese TV. The series featured a villainous high-ranked government official and was the first of the wildly popular corruption dramas that have riveted the nation ever since. Staging Corruption…

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How religion, gender, and urban sociality are expressed in and mediated via television drama in Kinshasa is the focus of this ethnographic study. Influenced by Nigerian films and intimately related to the emergence of a charismatic Christian scene, these…

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In Better Must Come , Matthew D. Marr reveals how social contexts at various levels combine and interact to shape the experiences of transitional housing program users in two of the most prosperous cities of the global economy, Los Angeles and Tokyo. Marr, who…
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Jean-Luc Godard's Pierrot le fou (1965), made at the height of the French New Wave, remains a milestone in French cinema. More accessible than his later films, it represents the diverse facets of Godard's concerns and themes: a bittersweet analysis of…

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While many people portray the American private and public sectors as antagonists, philanthropy constitutes a realm lying between the two. An institution unique in America, philanthropy draws its resources from the successes of free enterprise and seeks to apply…

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Public vs. private is an ongoing concern in communication. This book examines this phenomenon through self-representational writing and the philosophical lens of Hannah Arendt's public vs. private theory, the Boundary Management theory, and the Parasocial…