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  • Paperback: 200 pages
  • Publisher: Left Coast Press Inc (1 May 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1598744119
  • ISBN-13: 978-1598744118
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.8 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 544,467 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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ARTHUR ASA BERGER

I am the author of more than 100 articles and more than seventy books on popular culture, media, humor, advertising and tourism. I have also written some academic murder mysteries in which I bump off academics various ways and write nasty things about academia. I was born in Boston, Mass. I went to school at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst, MA for my BA degree in literature and philosophy. I went to the University of Iowa in Iowa City for my MA degree in journalism (but I also studied at the Writers' Workshop there)and I went to the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis for my Ph.D degree in American Studies. I wrote my dissertation on the comic strip Li'L Abner. After I received my MA degree I was drafted into the US Army and I did public information in Washington DC for two years. I also wrote high school sports for the Washington Post weekends while I was in the Army. I lived in Italy for a year in 1963 and taught American literature at the University of Milan. I also lived in England for a year in 1973 doing research on pop culture there. I taught at San Francisco State University from 1965 until 2003, when I retired. My books have been translated into Russian, Italian, German, Arabic, Indonesia, Swedish, Korean and Chinese. These Chinese like my books and have translated 12 of my books. Not all reviewers like my books. A review of my book THE TV-GUIDED AMERICAN, published in the early 1970s read "Berger is to the study of television what Idi Amin is to tourism in Uganda." I've lectured in many different countries, such as England, France, Germany, Italy, Norway, Denmark, Sweden, Thailand, Vietnam, Peru, and Tunisia. I was a visiting professor in Hong Kong for two months (in a school of tourism)in 2008 and I taught media criticism for six weeks in 2009 at Jinan University in Guangzhou and Tsing Hua University in Beijing. I spent a month in Argentina in September and October of 2012 lecturing on semiotics, media criticism and post modernism. In the course of my career I've lectured in around 20 foreign countries. I have continued to write and love to travel. I've visited more than 60 countries over the years. I live in Mill Valley, California.

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Arthur Asa Berger is professor emeritus in the department of broadcast communication Arts at San Francisco State University. He is author of 60 books on media, popular culture, visual culture, and writing. He has authored textbooks, scholarly works, practical manuals and a series of teaching novels for classroom use.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By 12_(=/)!=:#()= on 18 Dec. 2013
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Teaching the unit Objects of Desire on A Level Communication and Culture and the book is a perfect resource for the purpose. Highly recommended - clearly written - probably need to adapt the activities for my students but highly recommended.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mesoknapper on 7 May 2011
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As an introduction to material culture, the book offers students, or those simply wanting to know more about 'objects' a well rounded grounding. The various theoretical aspects of material culture are covered in an easy to read style without blinding those with little or no prior understanding of the subject. Often quirky, the book was easy to get through and enjoyable.
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I had a good time learning about the different perspectives in this book 31 Aug. 2014
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I had a good time learning about the different perspectives in this book, I refer to it on a monthly basis.
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Good place to start 21 Dec. 2011
By Michael G - Published on Amazon.com
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The book is a good place to start especially if you are being introduced to material culture studies and have no idea what it is. It also offers some excellent games to teach from and a wide perspective from which to approach material culture. This is where the good ends. The book has so many typos that it almost becomes a game of finding the most blatant ones. For example, on page 70 the book suggests that Thorstien Veblen lived from 1857-2929! Speaking from anthropology I can say that the author misrepresented my field so I wouldn't be surprised if other approaches were off as well.
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Cheap and in good condition!
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Great book 22 July 2009
By Marcello O. Pereira - Published on Amazon.com
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It is a great book. It simplifies a number of theories on consumption. Simple and smart.
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