FUN!: What Entertainment Tells Us About Living a Good Life

Author:   Alan McKee
Publisher:   Palgrave Macmillan
Edition:   1st ed. 2016
ISBN:  

9781137491787


Pages:   131
Publication Date:   05 November 2015
Format:   Hardback
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Combining media effects with aesthetic approaches this book offers the first substantial, systematic and coherent account of fun and its importance. But what exactly is fun and what purposes does it serve? Fun is a vital element of entertainment, and entertainment is the most important form of culture in modern Western democracies. It demonstrates that fun is at the heart of entertainment's effects - entertainment both offers its consumers fun and provides them with the intellectual materials to think about the nature of fun. More than this, the book argues that entertainment shows us that fun - pleasure without purpose - is at the heart of living a good life. Illustrated with detailed examples from entertainment - from the Urban Dictionary to The Simpsons, to the Culture novels of Iain M Banks - this book is intelligent, original, and even (dare we say it) fun.

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Author:   Alan McKee
Publisher:   Palgrave Macmillan
Imprint:   Palgrave Pivot
Edition:   1st ed. 2016
Dimensions:   Width: 14.80cm , Height: 1.00cm , Length: 21.00cm
Weight:   2.888kg
ISBN:  

9781137491787


ISBN 10:   1137491787
Pages:   131
Publication Date:   05 November 2015
Audience:   General/trade ,  General
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active
Availability:   In Print   Availability explained
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Alan McKee is an Associate Dean (Research and Development) at University of Technology Sydney, Australia. His most recent books are Pornography: Structures, Agency and Performance (with Rebecca Sullivan, 2015) and Entertainment Industries: Entertainment as a Cultural System (edited with Christy Collis and Ben Hamley, 2012).

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