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Nineties to now : the evolution of American popular culture

Title
Nineties to now : the evolution of American popular culture / Matthew McKeever.
ISBN
9781476682068
1476682062
9781476643922
Publication
Jefferson, North Carolina : McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers, [2021]
Physical Description
vii, 196 pages ; 23 cm
Summary
"What is it actually like to live today? It's an era where world politics play out on Twitter, and where the gig economy has made the nine-to-five job an object of aspiration rather than dread. Rates of mental illness are soaring, inequality predominates everything and much of life is contained in our phones. The core idea of this book is that we can only understand what life is like now by comparing it to previous times to see what has changed, what is genuinely new, and what is a continuation of existing trends. Providing original analyses of a range of seminal works of 90s pop culture, this book extracts a core set of concepts--such as irony, branding, and media--that defined the 90s. It demonstrates how these concepts are expressed in both those works and in the art of today. Presenting close history in a new light, this book helps us understand today by framing it in terms of yesterday"-- Provided by publisher.
Format
Books
Language
English
Added to Catalog
December 02, 2021
Bibliography
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents
Generation X and nostalgia
Explainer: The economics of 1946-1974
Lynch and Tarantino
Explainer: Postmodernism
Seinfeld
Explainer: Branding
......, race, gender and representation
Interlude: The 90s in ten events
The Simpsons
Explainer: The media and recent American history
David Foster Wallace as religious poet
Explainer: Psychiatry
Ant then ... 9/11, the financial crisis, the iPhone, Trump
Pop culture today.
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