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This is an innovative book that addresses the question of how consumers make decisions about what is good and what is bad in popular culture. An entertaining and informative guide to the range of aesthetic criteria that goes into judging mass culture's most celebrated texts and objects - from Batman to motor bikes, and pop stars to internet pornography Brings together a series of accessible and engaging essays written by connoisseurs of various areas of popular cultureTackles the core question of how consumers make decisions about what is good popular culture and what is bad popular cultureOffers an entertaining and educative read for academic readers as well as purveyors of culture; moving beyond a 'greatest hits' list of popular culture to debate broader issues. Content: Chapter 1 Best Contemporary Mainstream Superhero Comics Writer: Brian Michael Bendis (pages 15–32): Henry JenkinsChapter 2 The Best Batman Story: The Dark Knight Returns (pages 33–48): Will BrookerChapter 3 The Best Serial Killer Novel: Red Dragon (pages 49–63): Sue TurnbullChapter 4 The Best Australian Romance Novelist: Emma Darcy (pages 64–78): Glen ThomasChapter 5 The Best Website For Men Who Have Sex With Men: cruisingforsex.com (pages 79–86): Mark McLellandChapter 6 The Best Basketball Player: Michael Jordan (pages 87–98): Thomas McLaughlinChapter 7 The Best Sneakers: The Nike Air Max Classic TW (pages 99–110): Claire GouldChapter 8 The Best Action Console Game: Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas (pages 111–123): John BanksChapter 9 The Best Motorbike: The Ducati 916 Superbike (pages 124–143): Margaret HendersonChapter 10 The Best Propaganda: Humphrey Jennings, The Silent Village (1943) (pages 144–163): John HartleyChapter 11 The Best Villain in Xena: Warrior Princess: Alti (pages 164–177): Sara Gwenllian JonesChapter 12 The Best Pop Princess: Kylie Minogue (pages 178–192): Marc BrennanChapter 13 The Best Disco Record: Sharon Redd: “Never Give You Up” (pages 193–203): Simon Frith
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