Caught in Play How Entertainment Works on You
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Description: Most of us have become so immersed in a book or game or movie that the activity temporarily assumed a profound significance and the outside world began to fade. Although we are likely to enjoy these experiences in the realm of entertainment, we rarely think about what effect they might be having on us. Precisely because it is so pervasive, entertainment is difficult to understand and even to talk about. To understand the social role of entertainment,Caught in Playlooks closely at how we engage entertainment and at the ideas and practices it creates and sustains. Though entertainment is for fun, it does not follow that it is trivial in its effect on our lives. As this work reveals, entertainment generates commitments to values we are not always willing to acknowledge: values of pleasure, self-indulgence, and consumption.
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Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: Stanford University Press
Publication date: 5/28/2009
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
|Foreword by Bradd Shore|
|Caught Up in the Game|
|Romanticism and the Birth of Consumer Culture|
|Looking Under the Hood|
|Meta-Action (the Bird's-Eye View)|
|Romance and the Romantic|
|Play and Agency in Legal Drug Use|
|The Oscillation Between Boredom and Stimulation|
|Entertainment and Our Understanding of the Self|