Youth Fantasies: The Perverse Landscape of the Media

Youth Fantasies: The Perverse Landscape of the Media

Language: English

Pages: 281

ISBN: 1403961654

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub

Youth Fantasies is a collection of studies conducted in cross-cultural collaboration over the past ten years that theorizes 'youth fantasy'; as manifested through the media of TV, film, and computer games. Unlike other media studies and education books, the authors employ both Lacanian and Kleinian psychoanalytic concepts to attempt to make sense of teen culture and the influence of mass media. The collection includes case studies of X-Files fans, the influence of computer games and the 'Lara Croft' phenomenon, and the reception of Western television by Tanzanian youth. The authors see this book as a much needed reconciliation between cultural studies and Lacanian psychoanalysis, and attempt to highlight why Lacan is important to note when exploring youth fantasy and interest in the media, especially in shows like X-Files .

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Bush’s twin daughters, Barbara and Jenna (both 19) were caught buying alcohol illegally; while Jenna was found drinking in a bar and ordered to do community service. Blair’s 16-year-old son, Euan was 88 Youth Fantasies found face down in his own vomit in Leicester Square, in London’s West End. What this indicates is that there is a lack of identification with an Ego Ideal, which authority in the past was supposed to maintain. Popstars are slowly becoming the “new” secular Royalty in

can only worsen in a climate where Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) and solid evidence of Al-Qaeda links to Sadam Hussein are not to be found, and if found, will be strongly suspected of being planted by American interests. The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse: You Must, for You are Driven! In such a capitalist climate an aggressive superego demands “enjoyment!” Bliss in the parlance of psychoanalysis, is what has been unleashed—the order of the drives (Triebe) where the desire for gain at any

Kronos, as a devoring Father speaks directly to the Oral drive, but there are the Anal Fathers who share nothing with their sons/daughters as well like the figure of Disney’s Uncle Scrooge, where wealth becomes faeces locked in a vault, or Saruman in The Lord of The Rings Trilogy, for instance, who amasses all wealth and power. The father figure, A.N. Lewis, in the film Peeping Tom (Michael Powell 1960) who conducts experiments on his son, Mark Lewis, by filming him day and night to study the

exposed in masturbatory scenes (There’s Something About Mary, American Pie, Boogie Nights, Happiness, American Beauty, Election, Austin Power), definitely shows that phallic power is shrinking (Glass 2001; jagodzinski 2001). From its symbolic status as a signifier without a signified, it has been reduced to an imaginary function where it has emerged as a recurring joke rather than an embarrassment. It needs the bulk muscles of new superheroes to prop it up again in comics, on feature films, and

how careful the discussion has been rhetorically structured to make the study seem worthwhile to confirm the hypothesis despite the obvious flaws and admittance by the researchers that nonsignificant differences seem to be more the rule than the exception. Rather trite findings are presented with weighty relevance. Male participants reward male competitors “significantly” less while rewarding their female competitors similarly across all conditions. This seems to be a trite case of being a “sore”

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