By Jim Cullen
A brief historical past of the fashionable Media offers a concise heritage of the most important media of the final one hundred fifty years, together with print, level, movie, radio, tv, sound recording, and the Internet.
- Offers a compact, teaching-friendly presentation of the historical past of mass media
- Features a dialogue of works in pop culture which are famous and simply available
- Presents a background of contemporary media that's strongly interdisciplinary in nature
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The Raven’’ has had an afterlife in popular culture that has been nothing less than phenomenal. It has appeared, directly or by PUBLISHING AS POPULAR CULTURE 43 allusion, in countless books, movies, and television shows straight into the twenty-first century. Among the references you might recognize are those to ‘‘the Nevermore Tree’’ in The Vile Village (2001), the seventh volume of Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events; a 1990 episode of The Simpsons in which James Earl Jones (of Darth Vader fame) recites the poem; and the Seattle-based heavy-metal band Nevermore.
There’s one more reference that’s worth mentioning, and one that brings us back to our sports analogy. In 1995, the owner of Cleveland Browns National Football franchise, Art Modell, moved his team to Baltimore. The city’s hometown newspaper, the Sun, which dates back to Poe’s day – Poe is buried in Baltimore – conducted a poll to determine the team’s new name. The winner, as you probably guessed, was the Ravens, whose colors are purple and black (the team wear black pants as well as jerseys on special occasions).
He’s got to be crazy. But that doesn’t explain everything. For there is something creepy about the way the bird flew in, and the way it just sits there as the poem ends: And the Raven, never flitting, still is sitting, still is sitting On the pallid bust of Pallas just above my chamber door; And his eyes have all the seeming of a demon’s that is dreaming And the lamp-light o’er him streaming throws his shadow on the floor; And my soul from out that shadow that lies floating on the floor Shall be lifted – nevermore!