Thursday, July 16, 2009

Pg. 99: Peter Stromberg's "Caught in Play"

The current feature at the Page 99 Test: Caught in Play: How Entertainment Works on You by Peter Stromberg.

About the book, from the publisher:
Most of us have become so immersed in a book or game or movie that the activity temporarily assumed a profound significance and the outside world began to fade. Although we are likely to enjoy these experiences in the realm of entertainment, we rarely think about what effect they might be having on us. Precisely because it is so pervasive, entertainment is difficult to understand and even to talk about.

To understand the social role of entertainment, Caught in Play looks closely at how we engage entertainment and at the ideas and practices it creates and sustains. Though entertainment is for fun, it does not follow that it is trivial in its effect on our lives. As this work reveals, entertainment generates commitments to values we are not always willing to acknowledge: values of pleasure, self-indulgence, and consumption.
Read an excerpt from Caught in Play, and learn more about the book and author at the official website and blog.

Peter Stromberg is Professor of Anthropology at the University of Tulsa. His books include Symbols of Community (University of Arizona Press, 1986) and Language and Self Transformation (Cambridge University Press, 1993).

The Page 99 Test: Caught in Play.

--Marshal Zeringue