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Can politics be combined with entertainment? Can political involvement and participation be fun? Politics and popular culture are converging all the time, whether it's in Arnold Schwarzenegger's election as governor of California or in political television dramas and movies like The West Wing and Dave. This book encourages readers to think about how links between entertainment and politics have the potential to rejuvenate citizenship, endorse civic values, and sustain civic commitment. Instead of discarding the popular as irrelevant or dangerous to the democratic process, Liesbet van Zoonen shows us the possibilities for increasing political knowledge and participation through the arenas of politics and popular music, political "soaps," political television dramas, and politicians as celebrities. A first-rate starting point for debate, Entertaining the Citizen will stimulate and entertain students and general readers alike.

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Genre: Social Science
Author: Liesbet van Zoonen
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
Release: 2005
File: 181 Pages
ISBN-13: 074252907X

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In this completely revised and updated edition (including eight new chapters), Jeffrey Jones charts the evolution and maturation of political entertainment television by examining The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, The Colbert Report, Politically Incorrect/Real Time with Bill Maher, and Michael Moore's TV Nation and The Awful Truth. This volume investigates how and why these shows have been central locations for the critique of political and economic power and an important resource for citizens during numerous political crises. In an age of Truthiness, fake news and humorous political talk have proven themselves viable forms of alternative reporting and critical means for ascertaining truth, and in the process, questioning the legitimacy of news media's role as the primary mediator of political life. The book also addresses the persistent claims that these programs have cynical effects and create misinformed young citizens, demonstrating instead how such programming provides for an informed, active, and meaningful citizenship. The new edition takes account of the many changes that have occurred in television and political culture since Entertaining Politics' initial release.

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Genre: Performing Arts
Author: Jeffrey P. Jones
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
Release: 2010
File: 311 Pages
ISBN-13: 0742565289

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Town & Country sets the standard for gracious living, and this most elegant guide to entertaining shows how to make any occasion unforgettable. Each stunning photo is an inspiration: every table looks beautiful, every dish delicious, every decoration exquisite. Whether the plans include a formal dinner, relaxed buffet, cocktail party, open house, or outdoor event, these ideas plus loving, careful planning will ensure success. Here are basic guidelines for being a good host and advice on finding the approach that's right for you and appropriate to the celebration. Inside stories from those renowned for their entertaining abilities reveal how they make people feel comfortable and get them to mingle, how they handle the cooking and decorating, and how they stay cool and collected through it all."The author lives in Philidelphia, PA."

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Genre: Cookery
Author: Francine Maroukian
Publisher: Sterling Publishing Company, Inc.
Release: 2003
File: 175 Pages
ISBN-13: 1588160092

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Where do I begin? That's the question we start with when thinking about throwing a party -- and for many of us, that's the question we end with, too. We may like the idea of entertaining friends and family in our home, but the details -- those how to's of planning the party, making the food, and playing hostess -- can quickly overwhelm us, prompting us to tuck away the idea, waiting for another, better time. But it doesn't have to be that way. With The Art and Craft of Entertaining, author Kimberly Kennedy provides all the information and inspiration you need to plan, organize, and carry out a successful no-stress event. Marry some of her ideas with your own, and you'll be on the way to developing your style, gaining confidence as a hostess and elsewhere in your life. Whether you're throwing a cocktail party, a baby shower, or an intimate dinner for two, The Art and Craft of Entertaining will take you there, step-by-step. Instructive and encouraging, this essential book lays the groundwork for entertaining with style, demonstrating how to craft a perfect invitation for any occasion, organize your supplies into versatile and efficient arsenals, and plan a satisfying meal without breaking your budget. The Art and Craft of Entertaining shows how to mix passion with planning so that you can throw the party of your dreams. Inspiration without intimidation. That's The Art and Craft of Entertaining.

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Genre: House & Home
Author: Kimberly Kennedy
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Release: 2010-06-22
File: 256 Pages
ISBN-13: 1451612605

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In eleven original studies by social scientists, this is the first volume to focus on television reality crime programming as a genre. Contributors address such questions as: why do these programs exist; what larger cultural meaning do they have; what effect do they have on audiences; and what do they indicate about crime and justice in the late twentieth century? Adaptable at both undergraduate and graduate levels, Entertaining Crime will contribute to discussions of crime and the media, as well as crime in relation to other issues, such as gender, race/ethnicity, and fear of crime.

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Genre: Social Science
Author: Mark Fishman
Publisher: Transaction Publishers
Release:
File: 218 Pages
ISBN-13: 0202365875

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Playing with mathematical riddles can be an intriguing and fun-filled pastime — as popular science writer Martin Gardner proves in this entertaining collection. Puzzlists need only an elementary knowledge of math and a will to resist looking up the answer before trying to solve a problem. Written in a light and witty style, Entertaining Mathematical Puzzles is a mixture of old and new riddles, grouped into sections that cover a variety of mathematical topics: money, speed, plane and solid geometry, probability, topology, tricky puzzles, and more. The probability section, for example, points out that everything we do, everything that happens around us, obeys the laws of probability; geometry puzzles test our ability to think pictorially and often, in more than one dimension; while topology, among the "youngest and rowdiest branches of modern geometry," offers a glimpse into a strange dimension where properties remain unchanged, no matter how a figure is twisted, stretched, or compressed. Clear and concise comments at the beginning of each section explain the nature and importance of the math needed to solve each puzzle. A carefully explained solution follows each problem. In many cases, all that is needed to solve a puzzle is the ability to think logically and clearly, to be "on the alert for surprising, off-beat angles...that strange hidden factor that everyone else had overlooked." Fully illustrated, this engaging collection will appeal to parents and children, amateur mathematicians, scientists, and students alike, and may, as the author writes, make the reader "want to study the subject in earnest" and explains "some of the inviting paths that wind away from the problems into lusher areas of the mathematical jungle." 65 black-and-white illustrations.

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Genre: Juvenile Nonfiction
Author: Martin Gardner
Publisher: Courier Corporation
Release: 1986-10
File: 112 Pages
ISBN-13: 0486252116

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A collection of short stories. Some satirical, some serious, some historical all chosen to entertain.

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Author: Ronald 'Ron' Baldwin
Publisher: Ronald Baldwin
Release: 2010-04-06
File: 134 Pages
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An all-encompassing guide to entertaining al fresco incorporates sections on menu planning, scene setting, and dinnerware, with tips on how to manage such challenges as inclement weather and insects, in a reference complemented by recipes for a range of seasonal theme parties from an Italian table buffet to pool-side cocktail party. 50,000 first printing.

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Genre: Cooking
Author: George Dolese
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Release: 2006-06-05
File: 143 Pages
ISBN-13: 9780743278737

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A cookbook/entertaining guide designed for beginners offers thirteen complete menus, along with information on planning, preparation, and presentation.

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Genre: Cooking
Author: Patricia Mendez
Publisher: Maple Heights Press
Release: 2008-01-01
File: 172 Pages
ISBN-13: 9780979956409

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Author: Nathaniel Hawthorne
Publisher:
Release: 1836
File: Pages
ISBN-13: WISC:89092865179

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