Global Media Apocalypse: Pleasure, Violence and the Cultural Imaginings of Doom

Global Media Apocalypse: Pleasure, Violence and the Cultural Imaginings of Doom

by Jeff Lewis


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The modern world has become trapped between fantasies of infinite bliss and the prospects of global annihilation. Articulated through the global media, these apocalyptic imaginings have become infused in contemporary culture, affecting the way we think, act, communicate and make decisions.

Paying particular attention to the role of digital communication networks, Jeff Lewis presents a highly original analysis of many of the world's most pressing problems - rampant consumerism, ecological disaster, global power shifts, refugees, political violence and warfare. Global Media Apocalypse provides a compelling and accessible analysis of a world whose desires and fantasies have drawn it to the edge of systemic collapse. It analyses the problems and pathways to a better future.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781137005441
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan UK
Publication date: 10/15/2012
Edition description: 2012
Pages: 228
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.60(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Jeff Lewis (PhD) is Professorial Research Fellow in the School of Media and Communication, RMIT University, Australia. He is an internationally recognised researcher, author and scholar in media and cultural studies.

Table of Contents

Preface Introduction: Out of the 9/11 Decade New Media-Old Empires: Celebrity, Sex and Revolutions of Knowing Under the Volcano: The Cultural Ecology of Nature Hyper-Pleasure: Consumer Rituals and Transactions of Desire Menace: Westernism, Media and the Cultural Ecology of Violence After the Apocalypse: Refugees, Human Rights and the Global Media Future Conclusion Peace References

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