“If you make a bomb go off, the audience has a shock that lasts 10 seconds, but if you simply tell them there’s a bomb, the suspense is dragged out and the audience is kept on pins and needles for five minutes” - Alfred Hitchcock
A bestselling cultural journalist takes us on a wild ride through pop culture, showing how it paved the way for today's extreme politics.
Are Batman and 24's Jack Bauer heroic loners defending our way of life - or right-wing vigilantes attacking it? Is Avatar just a National Geographic version of Star Wars or a passionate assault on capitalism? And what about Game of Thrones - sword and sorcery fantasy, or lesson in mainstream politics?
In The Sky is Falling! bestselling cultural critic Peter Biskind takes us on a dizzying ride across two decades of pop culture to show how the TV and movies we love have taught us to love political extremism. Welcome to a darkly pessimistic, apocalyptic world where winter has come, the dead are walking, and ultra violence, revenge and torture are all in a day's work. Welcome to the new normal.
Published: Nov 2019
Size (cm): 19.6 x 13.2 x 1.6
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