Media Matrix: Sexing the New Reality

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Allen & Unwin, 2003 - Social Science - 216 pages
From Sex and the City to discussions of sexuality and the self, Breillat's film Romance to Harlequin romances, crisis TV to cyberporn, celebrity to censorship, Barbara Creed explores the effect of today's global media on contemporary ideas and experiences of sex, screen, identity and representation. Since the inception of the moving picture, sex and screen have been inextricably linked. Today's media - from film and TV to virtual reality and interactive online communication - create an elaborate matrix where new ideas and forms of sexuality, identity and the self are formed and performed. Barbara Creed examines popular culture, film and old and new media. She explores the changes brought about by new forms of representation and reality, and questions the media's ambiguous relationship to radical change in the way sexuality appears on screen. Has reality TV affected the way viewers think about sex and relationships? Now that pornography has entered the mainstream, can we still say porn offers an alternative view of sex? Does Sex and the City really challenge every taboo known to society? Why do women enjoy writing slash fiction? From Breillat's film Romance to Harlequin romances, crisis TV to cyberporn, celebrity to censorship, queer media to Clinton and Lewinsky, Media Matrix explores the breakdown between public and private and asks us to consider the representation of sexuality and the self in the new global public domain.

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the perverse gaze
peep shows to reality TV
the limits of Sex and the City
Romance to Annie Sprinkle
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from television to teledildonics
a gay gaze
digital pleasures and the new reality
terrorism and trauma
The global self and the new reality

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About the author (2003)

Barbara Creed is an associate professor of cinema studies in the school of fine arts at the University of Melbourne. A well-known film critic and media commentator, she has been the Age film reviewer for three years and an ABC film critic for the past decade. She is the author of The Monstrous-Feminine and the coeditor of both Body Trade and Don't Shoot Darling!. Her work has been widely published in international journals such as Camera Obscura, New Formations, and Screen.

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