By Richard Osborne
`Richard Osborne has performed anything very specified the following. he's taking us on a thrilling trip into the information required to exist, live to tell the tale, thrive, within the new millennium, in an interconnected international area that incorporates cyberpunk and cyborg, chaos thought and conspiracy theories, the postcolonial and the diaspora, hybridity and whiteness, the postmodern and the post-feminist, the electronic and the web, up to older but nonetheless influential phrases like Enlightenment, empiricism, positivism, aesthetics, business enterprise, nationhood and citizenship.
Osborne writes with wit, knowledge, and perception, constantly cautious of any method turning into an orthodoxy. He exhibits how specific innovations come up at specific instances with specific authors and highbrow personalities. The entries continue by way of illuminating examples, enticing anecdotes, refined cross-referencing, large ancient contexts' - John Docker, writer of Postmodernism and pop culture: A Cultural History
Written via the writer of the foreign bestseller Philosophy for Beginners, Megawords presents definitions for the major phrases each scholar within the humanities and social sciences must know.
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Aporia A seemingly irresolvable logical difficulty or serious perplexity. This is another term taken from the Greek and pressed into service by the poststructualists, particularly Jacques Derrida. In its original meaning, it referred simply to a seemingly unsolvable logical problem that was articulated by the speaker, rather in the fashion of a Greek tragedy, in which knowing your fate didn’t necessarily change it. For Derrida the aporia is the nodal point of the text where all the (unconscious) contradictions come to be expressed, and it is in this fashion that it is used by the deconstructionists.
Some media studies approaches consider the way in which 28 Megawords anomie is exploited by mass communications, particularly advertising, to give a false sense of community to those isolated and fragmented by society. There is also considerable debate about the effects of extensive mass media viewing of violence, where anomie and anti-social behaviour can be reinforced by glamorising violence. The decline of community is the subject of constant debate in sociology and cultural studies, while postmodernism implicitly claims that the electronic media have created a hyperreal community in which anomie is both a condition and a pleasure.
Black/Black politics A difficult and politically loaded term that is the site of much debate. The politics of colour encompasses one of the most vibrant cultural struggles of the last 20 years, and the issues it raises are 47 Megawords critical to our understanding of cultural politics. In colonial history ‘black’ has always been an identity of subjugation, of oppression, and reclaiming a positive identity marks the transition from black to black politics. There cannot be more politically loaded terms than ‘black’ and its associations, from the negative of ‘negro’ to the positive of ‘black is beautiful’.
Megawords: 200 Terms You Really Need to Know by Richard Osborne