Fabricating the absolute fake : America in contemporary pop culture /

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Main Author: Kooijman, Jaap.
Format: Book
Published:[Amsterdam] : Amsterdam University Press, c2008.
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From the pageantry of Oprah Winfrey's daytime talk show to the Atlanta-based Coca-Cola empire, American "pop" culture--and the contemporary films, television programs, and cultural objects that determine it--dominates the rest of the world through its hegemonic presence. Does that make everyone a hybridized American or do these elements find mediation within the other cultures that consume them? Fabricating the Absolute Fake applies elements of postmodern theory--Jean Baudrillard's hyperreality and Umberto Eco's "absolute fake", among others--to this globally mediated American pop culture in order to examine both the phenomenon itself and its specific appropriation in the Netherlands, as evidenced by diverse cultural icons like the Elvis-inspired crooner Lee Towers, the Moroccan-Dutch white rapper Ali B, musical tributes to an assassinated politician, and the Dutch reality soap opera scene. A fascinating exploration of how global cultures struggle to create their own "America" within a post-September 11 media culture, Fabricating the Absolute Fake reflects on what it might mean to truly take part in American popular culture. "A brilliant, thoroughly enjoyable work of cultural critique. . . . Jaap Kooijman takes seemingly exhausted concepts like "Americanization" and turns them on their head."--Anne McCarthy, New York University

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Physical Description:179 p. ; 24 cm.
Bibliography:Includes bibliographical references (p. 163-170) and index.
ISBN:9053564926 (pbk.)
9789053564929 (pbk.)
Author Notes:

Jaap Kooijman is senior lecturer in media and culture, as well as American studies, at the University of Amsterdam.

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