why we love sociopaths a guide to late capitalist television

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Why We Love Sociopaths

Author : Adam Kotsko
ISBN : 9781780990910
Genre : Social Science
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Sociopaths are pervasive in contemporary television, from high-brow drama all the way down to cartoons -- and of course the news as well. From the scheming Eric Cartman of South Parkto the seductive imposter Don Draper of Mad Men, cold and ruthless characters captivate us, making us wish that we could be so effective and successful. Yet why should we admire characters who get ahead by being amoral and uncaring? In his follow-up to Awkwardness, Adam Kotsko argues that the popularity of the ruthless sociopath reflects our dissatisfaction with a failed social contract, showing that we believe that the world rewards the evil and uncaring rather than the good. By analyzing characters like the serial killer star of Dexter and the cynical Dr. House, Kotsko shows that the fantasy of the sociopath distracts us from our real problems -- but that we still might benefit from being a little more sociopathic.

Why We Love Sociopaths

Author : Adam Kotsko
ISBN : 9781780990927
Genre : Social Science
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Sociopaths are pervasive in contemporary television, from high-brow drama all the way down to cartoons -- and of course the news as well. From the scheming Eric Cartman of South Parkto the seductive imposter Don Draper of Mad Men, cold and ruthless characters captivate us, making us wish that we could be so effective and successful. Yet why should we admire characters who get ahead by being amoral and uncaring? In his follow-up to Awkwardness, Adam Kotsko argues that the popularity of the ruthless sociopath reflects our dissatisfaction with a failed social contract, showing that we believe that the world rewards the evil and uncaring rather than the good. By analyzing characters like the serial killer star of Dexter and the cynical Dr. House, Kotsko shows that the fantasy of the sociopath distracts us from our real problems -- but that we still might benefit from being a little more sociopathic.

Creepiness

Author : Adam Kotsko
ISBN : 9781782798453
Genre : Philosophy
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A specter is haunting contemporary television—the specter of creepiness. In our everyday lives, we try to avoid creepiness at every cost, shunning creepy people and recoiling in horror at the idea that we ourselves might be creeps. And yet when we sit down to watch TV, we are increasingly entranced by creepy characters. In this follow-up to Awkwardness and Why We Love Sociopaths, Adam Kotsko tries to account for the strange fascination of creepiness. In addition to surveying a wide range of contemporary examples—from Peep Show to Girls, from Orange is the New Black to Breaking Bad—Kotsko mines the television of his 90s childhood, marveling at the creepiness that seemed to be hiding in plain sight in shows like Full House and Family Matters. Using Freud as his guide through the treacherous territory of creepiness, Kotsko argues that we are fascinated by the creepy because in our own ways, we are all creeps.

Awkwardness

Author : Adam Kotsko
ISBN : 9781846943911
Genre : Social Science
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Argues that the awkwardness of our age is a key to understanding human experience.

The Prince Of This World

Author : Adam Kotsko
ISBN : 9781503600201
Genre : Philosophy
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Calling upon us to rethink some of our most treasured contemporary values, this book shows where the Christian idea of the devil came fromand how it eventually took over Christian theology, turning God himself into the devil. "

Zizek And Theology

Author : Adam Kotsko
ISBN : 9780567032454
Genre : Religion
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Slovenian philosopher and psychoanalyst Slavoj Žižek has been called an 'academic rock star'. This text assists students in getting to grips with Žižek's earlier and more recent works, with an eye toward what brings him to an explicit engagement with Christianity.

Agamben S Coming Philosophy

Author : Colby Dickinson
ISBN : 1783484012
Genre : Philosophy
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In this book, Dickson and Kotso examine Agamben's more recent theologically-focused writing and its implications for philosophical thought.

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