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Blackwell Philosophy and Pop Culture Series

  • Posted by: Kristyna Carroll
  • Posted Date: November 22, 2010
  • Filed Under: Featured resource

Get to the deeper meaning of your favorite movies and television shows!

Ever wonder why Batman never kills the Joker?  Wondering about the philosophical interpretation of all that awkwardness on The Office?  Take a book from the Blackwell Philosophy and Pop Culture Series home over Thanksgiving Break!

batman Batman and philosophy: the dark knight of the soul
Edited by Mark D. White and Robert Arp

Chapters include:
“Why doesn’t Batman kill the Joker?”
“Should Bruce Wayne have become Batman?”
“Alfred, the Dark Knight of faith: Batman and Kierkegaard”
“Why Batman is better than Superman”

theoffice The Office and philosophy: scenes from the unexamined life
Edited by Jeremy Wisnewski

Chapters include:
“Can Michael ever learn? empathy and the self-other gap (US)”
“The virtues of humor : what The office can teach us about Aristotle’s ethics (UK)”
“Humiliation in The office (and at home) (US)”
“The hostile office : Michael as a sexual harasser (US)”

Other titles include:

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Kristyna Carroll
Research Support Librarian
kristyna.carroll@gmail.com
610-519-5391

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Communication Trivia Answers

Did you guess that the meanings of these slang terms from The Concise New Partridge Dictionary of Slang and Unconventional English had a Veterans’ Day theme?  Here are the definitions:

  • Blisterfoot: noun an infantry soldier.
  • Eggbeater: noun a single-rotor helicopter.  Coined well before the war in Korea, but used extensively by US forces in Korea.
  • Moonbeam: noun a flashlight.
  • One of the original twelve: noun an extremely high-ranking officer.  Us naval aviator usage.
  • Red-legs : noun the artillery.  From the red stripes on the trousers of Union artillerymen during the US Civil War.

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Kristyna Carroll
Research Support Librarian
kristyna.carroll@villanova.edu
610-519-5391

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Communication Trivia

Can you guess the meanings of these slang terms from The Concise New Partridge Dictionary of Slang and Unconventional English?  Leave your definitions in the comments, and check back Thursday for what the dictionary has to say!

  • Blisterfoot
  • Eggbeater
  • Moonbeam
  • One of the original twelve
  • Red-legs

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Kristyna Carroll
Research Support Librarian
kristyna.carroll@villanova.edu
610-519-5391

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Waterhouse Family Institute

  • Posted by: Kristyna Carroll
  • Posted Date: November 3, 2010
  • Filed Under: Featured resource

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Congratulations to the Communication Department on the launch of the Waterhouse Family Institute for the Study of Communication and Society!

Excited about the work of the WFI?  Let the library help you with your research!  For instance, if you saw the screening of Coming Off the DL and are interested in learning more about the representation of disabled people in  film and the media, check out The Problem Body: Projecting Disability on Film or Framed: Interrogating Disability in the Media.

Excited for Dr. Emory Woodard’s research on the ethical implications of society’s YouTube searches?  Take a look at these titles on YouTube and Internet videos: An Examination of the Uses and Gratifications of YouTube (thesis) or Video Cultures: Media Technology and Everyday Creativity.

Explore this quick list of books that may be of interest to fans of the Waterhouse Family Institute.

newmediasocietyLooking for scholarly journals related to the work of WFI?  Try the Journal of Information, Communication & Ethics in Society or New Media & Society.  For more titles of interest, see this list.

To keep up with current events, check out specialized news services such as Ethnic NewsWatch or GenderWatch.

For socially conscious documentaries, definitely take a look at FreeDocumentaries.org – stream full length documentaries for free!

As always, see the Communication Subject Guide for even more great resources!

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Kristyna Carroll
Research Support Librarian
kristyna.carroll@villanova.edu
610-519-5391

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eMarketer

  • Posted by: Kristyna Carroll
  • Posted Date: October 27, 2010
  • Filed Under: Featured resource

Interested in media usage?  Get a new angle through eMarketer.  Learn more about social media and media usage with reports such as Blacks Online: Young, Mobile and Social or The Digital Home: Emerging Trends in TV/PC Viewership.

eMarketer is the best single source for research and statistics on all manner of online marketing.  eMarketer employs a team of analysts that synthesize  data and primary research from over 4000 sources including consulting firms, government agencies and academics.

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For more information, see Linda Hauck’s eMarketer post on the Business Reference blog.

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Kristyna Carroll
Research Support Librarian
kristyna.carroll@villanova.edu
610-519-5391

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