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By Michael Starks

From the very starting, filmmakers have struggled to loose themselves from censorship and manipulation via special-interest teams, and this fight is obviously obtrusive within the historical past of drug motion pictures. Cocaine Fiends and Reefer insanity is an exhaustive exploration of the historical past of the depiction of psychoactive medications in movies from Thomas Edison's Opium Smoker (1894) to Cocaine Cowboys (1978), incorporated are over four hundred silent and 1,000 sound movies in addition to approximately 500 drug-abuse motion pictures, eighty five experimental motion pictures, and one hundred thirty five tv courses. greater than one hundred fifty stills, so much by no means ahead of released and lots of super infrequent, illustrate the textual content. prepared chronologically in addition to by way of drug sort and sometimes through kingdom, this booklet indicates that, faraway from being a contemporary phenomenon, drug motion pictures have been made in approximately each state and interval that produced an important physique of films.

Visit Edison's first movie studio, think of the filmic results of Cocteau's opium habit with Kenneth Anger's early reports with magic mushrooms, see Charles Laughton smuggling cocaine within a statute of the Buddha, and watch Douglas Fairbanks, Sr., eating great amounts of opium and cocaine in a global warfare I Sherlock Holmes parody.

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Critical intellectuals are, intuitively and for good reason, deeply sceptical about official ceremonies and ritual celebrations of community. That is why it is fascinating to read an intellectually stimulating book that goes a long way towards defending such phenomena. Dayan and Katz know the famous thesis of the German-Jewish critic Walter Benjamin from the 1930s, that aestheticization of politics is characteristic of fascism, but they still argue that no society can do completely without ceremonial, even theatrical, elements in its public life.

These 44 Understanding Media Culture studies also have other methodological problems, but cultivation theory remains an interesting hypothesis that it is difficult to falsify (dismiss) or to verify (confirm). Similar investigations in other countries have not produced the same results, perhaps quite simply because television programmes there have been differently put together. Within the social sciences a more focused approach to issues of power and lines of social conflict, generally speaking, became important to a renewed interest in the power of the media.

One last important element in this theoretical brew was psychoanalysis, which, with its distinction between overt expression and underlying causes, held a related kind of logic (see Chapter 5 of the present volume, on hermeneutics). All of these elements became the basis for a broad movement in the humanities and some social sciences, commonly referred to as the critique of ideology. It did not as a rule work from a simplistic idea about the ability of a single media text to mechanically affect human behaviour.

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