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Slam Dunks and No-Brainers: Pop Language in Your Life, the Media, and Like . . . Whatever (Vintage)

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In this marvelously original book, three-time Pulitzer Prize finalist Leslie Savan offers fascinating insights into why were all talking the talk—Duh; Bring it on!; Bling; Whatever!—and what this reveals about America today. Savan traces the paths that phrases like these travel from obscure slang to pop stardom, selling everything from cars (ads for VWs, Mitsubishis, and Mercurys all pitch them as “no-brainer”s) to wars (finding WMD in Iraq was to be a “slam dunk”). Real people create these catchy phrases, but once media, politics, and businesses broadcast them, they burst out of our mouths as celebrity words, newly glamorous and powerful. Witty, fun, and full of thought-provoking stories about the origins of popular expressions, Slam Dunks and No-Brainers is for everyone who loves the mysteries of language.

About the Author

Leslie Savan wrote a column about advertising and commercial culture for The Village Voice for thirteen years. She was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for criticism in 1991, 1992, and 1997. Her writing has appeared in Time, The New Yorker, The New York Times, and Salon, and she has been a commentator for National Public Radio. Savan is the author of The Sponsored Life: Ads, TV, and American Culture. She lives with her husband and son in New Jersey.

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Table of Contents

PROLOGUE

Are We Having Fun Yet?

CHAPTER 1

Heres the Deal

CHAPTER 2

Pop Talk Is History

CHAPTER 3

Whats Black, Then White, and Said All Over?

CHAPTER 4

Dont Even Think About Telling Me “I Dont Think So”: The Media, Meanness, and Me

CHAPTER 5

The Great American Yesss!

CHAPTER 6

Populist Pop and the Regular Guy

CHAPTER 7

The Community of Commitment-Centered Words

CHAPTER 8

Digital Talk in the Unit States of America

EPILOGUE

Its Like, You Know, the End

Notes

Bibliography

Acknowledgments

Index

Permissions Acknowledgments

Product Details

ISBN:
9780375702426
Author:
Savan, Leslie
Publisher:
Vintage Books USA
Subject:
English language
Subject:
Popular Culture
Subject:
Sociolinguistics
Subject:
Popular Culture - General
Subject:
Media Studies
Subject:
Language and culture
Subject:
Popular culture -- United States.
Subject:
Mass media and culture -- United States.
Subject:
Linguistics
Subject:
Sociology-Media
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Vintage
Publication Date:
20061031
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
352
Dimensions:
8.00x5.30x.73 in. .58 lbs.

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