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Pretend We're Dead: Capitalist Monsters in American Pop Culture Paperback – July 17, 2006
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The following chapters of this energetic, erudite, and sometimes hilarious study of American pop culture are dedicated to five types of popular monsters, which Annalee shows to be projections of capitalist fears. The monsters are: Serial Killers, Mad Doctors, The Undead, Robots, and Mass Media. The final chapter ends this study of pop culture by reminding us that within this system, we are after all, "consumers" of images and cultural forms, which only exist to terrify us.
A fun, yet important book!
"Frankenstein" by Mary Shelley and "Dracula" by Bram Stoker were written in the 19th century before moving pictures were invented.
Scary stories seem part of human history, like the original and uncensored Grimm Brothers Fairy Tales.
Is there a lesson in these fairy tales? "Hansel and Gretel" warn children against friendly strangers, etc.
This seems like the kind of book you would page through but not actually read.