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The Macbeth of Meth: Breaking bad and the Tragedy of Walter White

Paul A. Cantor

in Pop Culture and the Dark Side of the American Dream: Con Men, Gangsters, Drug Lords, and Zombies

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
September 2019
ISBN:
9780813177304
eISBN:
9780813177311
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Kentucky
DOI:
10.5810/kentucky/9780813177304.003.0005
Subject:
Society and Culture, Media Studies

This chapter analyzes Walter White, the protagonist of Vince Gilligan’s Breaking Bad, as a tragic hero by developing a systematic comparison of the television series with Shakespeare’s Macbeth. Many ... More


Introduction

Paul A. Cantor

in Pop Culture and the Dark Side of the American Dream: Con Men, Gangsters, Drug Lords, and Zombies

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
September 2019
ISBN:
9780813177304
eISBN:
9780813177311
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Kentucky
DOI:
10.5810/kentucky/9780813177304.003.0001
Subject:
Society and Culture, Media Studies

While acknowledging that the American dream does have a bright side, the introduction explains why we can learn more by examining the portrayal of its dark side in popular culture. Works like the ... More


Pop Culture and the Dark Side of the American Dream: Con Men, Gangsters, Drug Lords, and Zombies

Paul A. Cantor

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
September 2019
ISBN:
9780813177304
eISBN:
9780813177311
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University Press of Kentucky
DOI:
10.5810/kentucky/9780813177304.001.0001
Subject:
Society and Culture, Media Studies

What is the American dream, and why has it proven so elusive for many people? By examining popular culture’s portrayal of the dark side of the American dream, this book seeks to answer these ... More


Salvation in Film and Television

Clive Marsh

in A Cultural Theology of Salvation

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
November 2018
ISBN:
9780198811015
eISBN:
9780191848056
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198811015.003.0005
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

This chapter shows how popular cultural products which are not explicitly theological interweave with the way in which theological concepts function within Western culture. Through examination of the ... More


The Personal and the Political

Carl Plantinga

in Screen Stories: Emotion and the Ethics of Engagement

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
May 2018
ISBN:
9780190867133
eISBN:
9780190867171
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190867133.003.0009
Subject:
Literature, Film, Media, and Cultural Studies

This chapter describes the “personalistic bias” argument against taking characters as moral agents, and argues that although the argument identifies a real concern, to fail to see fictional ... More


Binge-watching Television with Walt and Omar

Harvey Cormier

in Philosophy of Emerging Media: Understanding, Appreciation, Application

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
March 2016
ISBN:
9780190260743
eISBN:
9780190277772
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190260743.003.0011
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Language

Emerging information technologies present us with abundant information about our world of subjects and objects. They also present us with a plurality of newly created worlds full of new, autonomous ... More


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