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Media Environments

by Barry Vacker

Media Environments is based on a simple concept: combine movies with texts to critique media and society in the 21st century. That's right, movies and texts. But this is not edutainment! This anthology uses popular film as a gateway to critical readings, culled from the works of a variety of well-known thinkers, scholars, and writers. Authors include Stephen Hawking, Al Gore, Naomi Klein, Carl Sagan, Naomi Wolf, Susan Jacoby, Neil Postman, Henry Jenkins, Neil deGrasse Tyson, Ray Kurzweil, and many others. Their writings are introduced to students through films like The Social Network, Contact, Network, American Beauty, Fight Club, The Truman Show, Slumdog Millionaire, Waking Life,WALL. E, Good Night, and Good Luck, and many others.

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