Boston. 1986. South End Press. 1st Edition. Very Good In Wrappers. 201 pages. paperback. Elayne Antler Rapping is a nationally known critic and analyst of popular culture and social issues. She is the author of several books covering topics such as media theory, popular culture, women's issues, and the portrayal of our legal system on television. As a regular contributor to such publications as The Nation, The Progressive, and The New York Times, she has written on a wide variety of cultural issues including film and movie reviews. As an educator, Rapping was a Professor of English and Director of Women's Studies at Robert Morris College from 1970 to 1990, Professor of Communications at Adelphi University from 1991 to 1998, and Professor of American Studies at State University of New York Buffalo until 2009. Rapping is the author of several books which address a range of topics from popular culture, television and society, gender issues, to media theory. Her first book, THE LOOKING GLASS FOR NONFICTION TV, published in 1987, is an examination of how newscasts, sports programs, game shows, made-for-TV movies, MTV, commercials and other nondramatic forms of TV programming are derived from and influenced by our cultural values, economic forces and the evolving technology of video broadcasting. A collection of her essays and articles, MEDIA-TIONS: FORAYS INTO THE CULTURE AND GENDER WARS, was published in 1994. In these varied articles, Rapping takes up such pop culture artifacts as soap operas, Madonna and Amy Fisher to set forth a new paradigm of feminism's interface with the media. In 1996, Rapping published THE CULTURE OF RECOVERY, a book based on her personal investigations into the self-help groups for women. Her 2003 book, LAW AND JUSTICE AS SEEN ON TV, examines the significance and political impact of law-related television programming beginning with courtroom dramas in the 1940s up to the crime shows of the present. In his review of LAW AND JUSTICE, Political Science Professor Austin Sarat stated that Rappings's work ‘shows how valuable the analysis of popular culture can be in illuminating some of the most important legal and social issues of our time. ' As a journalist, Rapping has written extensively for a number of national publications including The Nation, The Village Voice, Cineaste, Jump Cut, and The Progressive where she was a regular columnist for many years. Cover by Nick Thorkelson. 0896082814. keywords: 40293. inventory # 36758. FROM THE PUBLISHER-As Elaine Rapping points out in THE LOOKING GLASS WORLD OF NON-FICTION TV, the contrast between the 1950's documentary approach of See It Now and that of contemporary reports is telling. As video technology grew more sophisticated, the triumph of style over content was heightened. This allowed networks to apply a variety of aesthetically moving and impressive techniques to serious topics. On the other hand, the range of views examined and the depth of the examinations has not changed as much as sometimes seems the case. Documentaries now serve the somewhat different purpose of expounding on, and so justifying, policies already in place. They rarely challenge hegemony; they explain it.
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