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By Brian T. Edwards

ISBN-10: 0231174004

ISBN-13: 9780231174008

ISBN-10: 0231174012

ISBN-13: 9780231174015

When Henry Luce introduced in 1941 that we have been dwelling in an “American century,” he believed the foreign acclaim for American tradition made an international favorable to U.S. pursuits. for many years, his declare appeared to carry. Now, within the electronic twenty-first century, the “American century” has been outmoded, as American videos, tune, games, and tv indicates are bought, understood, and reworked in unforeseen methods. How can we make feel of this shift? equipped on a decade of fieldwork in Cairo, Casablanca, and Tehran, Brian T. Edwards maps new routes of cultural alternate which are unpredictable, sped up, and entire of diversions. formed via the electronic revolution, those paths are entwined with the turning out to be fragility of yank “soft” energy. They point out an period after the yank century, during which well known American items and phenomena, similar to comedian books, youngster romances, social networking websites, and American methods of expressing sexuality, are stripped in their American institutions and creatively re-presented in very varied phrases. a movie like Argo or superhero comics is then imbibed with new meanings. Arguing opposed to these in either scholarly and coverage circles who speak about an international during which American tradition is in simple terms replicated or appropriated, Edwards focuses as a substitute on inventive moments of uptake, within which Arabs and Iranians make whatever unforeseen. He argues that those items do extra then expand the succeed in of the unique. They replicate an international during which tradition ceaselessly circulates and gathers new meanings.

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