The Contemporary Reader

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  • Edition: 9th
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2008-01-01
  • Publisher: Longman
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The Contemporary Reader reader includes more contemporary selections than any other popular culture reader on the market with over 90% of the readings written in the last five years. The text's ten tightly focused thematic chapters cover a range of writing on interesting issues familiar to students and relevant to our times." Readings are organized around a variety of appealing, thought-provoking themes such as " Fashion and Flesh: The Images We Project, " " Advertising: Wanting It, Selling It, " " On the Cutting Edge of Science: Human Cloning and Genetic Engineering, " " Making the Grade: Education Today, " " Gender Perceptions, " and " The American Experience."

Table of Contents

New readings are marked with an asterisk
Introduction: How to Read and Write Critically
What Is Critical Thinking?
Why Read Critically?
How to Read Critically
Sample Essay for Analysis: ""Now, Cut that Out!,"
What is Critical Writing?
Approaching Visuals Critically
Fashion and Flesh: The Images We Project
The Media Assault on Male Body Image
Never Too Buff
Culture Shock: Superheroes
What I Think About the Fashion World
Culture Shock: Get Real
The Natural Beauty Myth
Weighing In
My Hips, My Caderas
Reading the Blog: Eating Disorders: The Numbers
Weight of the World
Viewpoints: A Man's Guide to Slimming Couture, Scott McKeon; Why Do We Get to Laugh at Fat Guys?
Culture Shock: Norbit
Consumer Nation: Wanting It, Selling It
Shop 'til We Drop?
Targeting a New World
What's Wrong with Cinderella?
Culture Shock: Sphere of Influence: Television Commercials
Lunchbox Hegemony
A Brand by Any Other Name
Culture Shock: Branding
Branded World: The Success of the Nike Logo
Culture Shock: A Portfolio of Advertisements
Lux Populi
Viewpoints: With These Words, I Can Sell You Anything, William Lutz; The Language of Advertising
It's All Relative: The American Family in Flux
Family: Idea, Institution, and Controversy
Numbers Drop for the Married-with-Children
The Decline of Marriage
Culture Shock Marriage Trends in the United States
For Better, for Worse
The Cultural Devaluation of Child-Rearing
Culture Shock: God-Ordained Marriage
Did I Miss Something?
A New Generation Is Leading the Way
Viewpoints: Why the "M" Word Matters to Me
The Case Against Same-Sex Marriage
Culture Shock: Gay Marriage
Reading the Blog: A really, really long post about gay marriage that does not, in the end, support one side or the other
Remote Control: Television's Influence
Can TV Improve Us?
Television Addiction Is No Mere Metaphor
Overexposure of Violence in Our Society
Culture Shock: Turn Off Your TV Week
The Myth of Media Violence
TV's War of Words
Born Again
The Great TV Debate
Three Cheers for Reality TV
The Collapse of Big Media: The Young and the Restless
Viewpoints: AAP Discourages Television for Very Young Children, American Academy of Pediatrics; TV Can Be a Good Parent
Climate Control? The Global Warming Debate
Global Warming: Who Loses-and Who Wins?
Global Warming Is an Immediate Crisis
Culture Shock: An Inconvenient Truth
Don't Believe the Hype
Reading the Blog: Please Stop Talking about the Global Warming Consensus
Global Warming Heats Up
Culture Shock: Earth's Before and After Pics
Viewpoints: No Change in Political Climate, Ellen Goodman; On Comparing Global Warming Denial to Holocaust Denial
Sexual Politics: Diving into the Gender Gap
My Most Attractive Adversary
Male Bashing on TV
Culture Shock: Men's Fault Magazine
The Men We Carry in Our Minds
Girls, We Really Are Our Own Worst Enemies
In Search of Notorious PhDs
Culture Shock: 50 Cent
The End of History
Reading the Blog: A Thursday Musing on Anti-Feminist Young Women
The Science of Difference
An Identity Reduced to a Burka
Viewpoints: Many Women at Elite Colleges Set Career Path to Motherhood, Louise Story; Homeward Bound, Linda Hirshman; The Year of Domesticity
The University System: Are We Making the Grade?
How to Get a College Education
A's for Everyone!
Culture Shock: Drinking Cartoon
Would Shakespeare Get into Swarthmore?
America's Top University
College Makeover
Who Should Get into College?
What's Wrong with Vocational School?
Higher Ed, Inc.
A Real Education
Reading the Blog: Does College Matter?
Viewpoints: Regulating Racist Speech on Campus, Charles R. Lawrence III; Muzzling Free Speech
Race and Racism: Can We Be Color-Blind?
Inequality, Race, and Remedy
People Like Us
Culture Shock: Class and Race in America: The Legacy of Hurricane Katrina
Are You a Terrorist, or Do You Play One on TV?
Racial Profiling Goes Beyond Black and White
In Defense of 24
Please Ask Me "Who," Not "What" I Am
Getting Under My Skin
Why I'm Black, Not African American
Viewpoints: You Have the Right to Remain a Target of Racial Profiling, Eugene Robinson; The Racial Profiling Myth Lives On
The Immigration Debate: No More Melting Pot?
Forging a New Vision of America's Melting Pot
Do We Want Mexifornia?
Culture Shock: Immigrant Children
Can We Still Afford to Be a Nation of Immigrants?
Reading the Blog: Immigration Issue Explodes
Educating Illegal Immigrants
Immigration Quotas vs. Individual Rights: The Moral and Practical Case for Open Immigration
Culture Shock: U.S. Census Map
The Next Americans
Viewpoints: A Nation Divided by One Language
My Spanish Standoff
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