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The Resource Mythomania : tales of our times, from Apple to ISIS, Peter Conrad

Mythomania : tales of our times, from Apple to ISIS, Peter Conrad

Label
Mythomania : tales of our times, from Apple to ISIS
Title
Mythomania
Title remainder
tales of our times, from Apple to ISIS
Statement of responsibility
Peter Conrad
Creator
Author
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
  • 60 years after Roland Barthes explored the mythological underpinnings of 1950s consumerism in his seminal book 'Mythologies', our greatest cultural critic, Peter Conrad, takes up the challenge and examines the enduring place of myth in the 21st century. From the Queen to Caitlyn Jenner, from Judge Judy to Steven Jobs, Conrad scrutinises modern-day popular culture in his formidably astute but always entertaining style. The book is based on the BBC Radio 4 series '21st Century Mythologies'. -- Provided by publisher
  • Despite our culture's proclaimed respect for scientific reason, we are no less bedazzled and bedevilled by myth than our remote ancestors. Roland Barthes first examined the mythical resonances of consumer products in the 1950s. Far from being demystified, consumerism has since morphed into a universal religion, its compulsory ritual of shopping essential to our economic survival. Myth has also invaded the political realm, as terrorists brandish black flags and recite theological mantras as they martyr themselves. Peter Conrad's exhilarating book exposes the absurdity and occasional insanity of our godforsaken, demon-haunted contemporary culture. Conrad casts his brilliant beam upon subjects from the Queen to the Kardashians, via Banksy, Nando's, vaping, the vogue of the cronut, the mushroom-like rise of Dubai, the launch of the Large Hadron Collider, the growth of the Pacific garbage patch ... In Judge Judy, he shows us a matronly Roman goddess dispensing justice with a fly swatter. In the metamorphosis of Caitlyn Jenner from Olympic athlete and paterfamilias into idealized female form, he sees parallels to the deeds of the residents of Mount Olympus themselves. Finally, after surveying advances in biomedical engineering and artificial intelligence, he asks whether we might be on the brink of a post-human world. -- Provided by publisher
Tone
Writing style
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10550815
Cataloging source
YDX
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1948-
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Conrad, Peter
Dewey number
306.09/051
Index
index present
LC call number
HM621
LC item number
.C665 2016
Literary form
non fiction
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True
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  • Civilization, Modern
  • Popular culture
  • Popular culture
  • HISTORY
  • RELIGION
  • SOCIAL SCIENCE
  • Civilization, Modern
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tales of our times, from Apple to ISIS
Label
Mythomania : tales of our times, from Apple to ISIS, Peter Conrad
Instantiates
Publication
Copyright
Note
  • Includes index
  • Radio tie-in
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
1 Sky Signs -- 2 A Newer Testament -- Apple's Apple -- Devilled Chicken -- A Neon Covenant -- On Sacred Ground -- Babel-on-Thames -- Writing on Walls -- The Mind of God? -- 3 In The Pantheon -- An Alien from Windsor -- Air Force One x 2 -- Judy and Justitia -- Narcissus on a Stick -- Khaos Theory -- Daemon Dogs -4 Forms And Their Content -- A Viral Dessert -- Utterly Oyster -- Nooks and Kobos -- Vaping -- A Mirage --5 The Human Thing -- In the Dino Gym -- Vamping -- An Electronic Odalisque -- An Alien from Mars -- Incredibility -- An Android -- The Zombie Plane -- Bergs and Gyres -- Almost There! -- 6 Wars In Heaven
Control code
1808532
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
248 pages
Isbn
9780500292587
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9780500292587
  • (OCoLC)958446891
Label
Mythomania : tales of our times, from Apple to ISIS, Peter Conrad
Publication
Copyright
Note
  • Includes index
  • Radio tie-in
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
1 Sky Signs -- 2 A Newer Testament -- Apple's Apple -- Devilled Chicken -- A Neon Covenant -- On Sacred Ground -- Babel-on-Thames -- Writing on Walls -- The Mind of God? -- 3 In The Pantheon -- An Alien from Windsor -- Air Force One x 2 -- Judy and Justitia -- Narcissus on a Stick -- Khaos Theory -- Daemon Dogs -4 Forms And Their Content -- A Viral Dessert -- Utterly Oyster -- Nooks and Kobos -- Vaping -- A Mirage --5 The Human Thing -- In the Dino Gym -- Vamping -- An Electronic Odalisque -- An Alien from Mars -- Incredibility -- An Android -- The Zombie Plane -- Bergs and Gyres -- Almost There! -- 6 Wars In Heaven
Control code
1808532
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
248 pages
Isbn
9780500292587
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9780500292587
  • (OCoLC)958446891

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