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4 The celebrity persona and the celebrity text

It has been emphasised that we can only know stars through media texts (Dyer, 1998) and this can be extended to seeing celebrities themselves as texts, though for celebrities of any longevity we would certainly have to consider them as large, complex and modulating ones. This section will look at how we might go about reading such a text. There is a distinction between the ‘real’ person and a persona presented in the public arena. One pervasive feature of the ‘large celebrity text’ is
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“Freefall: America, Free Markets, and the Sinking of the World Economy” (video)
Deborah Brautigam book coverA talk by Columbia University professor Joseph Stiglitz. The current global financial crisis carries a "made in America" label. In "Freefall", Nobel laureate Joseph Stiglitz explains how America exported bad economics, bad policies, and bad behavior to the rest of the world, only to cobble together a haphazard and ineffective response when
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21L.703 Studies in Drama: Stoppard and Churchill (MIT)
What is the interplay between an event and its "frames"? What is special and distinctive about stage events? How and why do contemporary dramatists turn back in time for their settings, models, and materials? How do they play with this material to create performance pieces of importance and delight for modern audiences? How do they create distinct, fresh perspectives using the stage in an era of mass and multi-media? What is the implied audience for these plays, and how does that clash or coinci
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What is IGF1-LR3 : High Quality Peptides

Video link (see supported sites below). Please use the original link, not the shortcut, e.g. www.youtube.com/watch?v=abcde

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5.5 Nurses, district nurses and midwives

While access to GPs and outpatient services was growing, access to nursing care was expanding in some sectors and declining in others. The numbers of trained professional nurses who were employed in wealthy households to care for seriously ill family members fell in the first decades of the twentieth century. These nurses stayed in the patient's home, carrying out the doctor's instructions, monitoring the patient's condition and providing general care – making beds, bathing the patient, giv
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7.2.4 Microstructure

There are many practical requirements for a film at the microscopic level.

Firstly, it must be firmly bonded to the surface on which it's deposited. A poorly adhered film can peel or flake away under the stresses of later processing steps, or may lead to a reliability issue that will plague the device throughout its lifetime. Similarly, issues can arise with wetting if a deposited material prefers to form droplets on the surface rather than spreading out into a uniform film. A thin adhe
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World Autism Awareness Day -  April 2nd
April 2nd is World Autism Awareness Day. Let's celebrate the brilliance in all individuals on the autistic spectrum. (01:37)
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“The Future of the South African Dream: Thabo Mbeki, Jacob Zuma, and the South African Elections
Gevisser posterA talk by South African author and journalist Mark Gevisser. Mark Gevisser is currently The Nation's Southern African correspondent. In South Africa, his work has appeared in the Mail & Guardian, the Sunday Independent, the Sunday Times and many magazines and periodicals. Internationally, he has written widely on South African politics, culture and society,
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The French Revolution and British Politics
This lecture considers the impact of the French Revolution on parliamentary politics in the 18th century – the broader context will be evaluated in the next lecture.
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Tracking Design Development through Decomposing Sketching Processes
We conducted a protocol study of the architectural sketching process. We decompose the process into process flows to explore the extent to which it expresses concept development in schematic and refined design phases. We track the development of design concepts in these phases by following the process flows of individual sketched strokes. We argue that each stroke drawn by the designer reveals a probability of an embedded concept, and that this concept is either promoted and propagated throughou
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17.125 The Politics of Global Financial Relations (MIT)
This course explores effects of globalization of finance on international relations and domestic politics. Topics include international institutions and global governance; the multi-nationalization of production; effects of international capital markets on domestic politics; global finance and the developing world; and financial crises. Discussion of the interplay between politics and economics and the future of the nation-state.
Author(s): Singer, David Andrew

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Mobility on Demand

Conversation with Ryan Chin


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The Mortal Voice on the Ancient Greek Stage (audio)

Session 1 : Techniques vocales et espaces scéniques / Vocal Techniques and Theatrical Spaces

Président / Chair: James Chandler (University of Chicago)

Intervention de Sarah Nooter (University of Chicago)



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1.2 Discourse as social action

Consider this first transcribed extract from the interview. Note that the numbers in brackets refer to pauses and give the length of the pause in seconds, while (.) signifies a micro-pause too small to count and .hhh indicates an audible in-breath.

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The Inner Level: how more equal societies reduce stress, restore sanity and improve wellbeing [Audio
Speaker(s): Professor Kate Pickett | The speakers will focus on the psychological effects of inequality, on how larger income differences increase feelings of dominance and subordination, and the consequences for mental illness. Kate Pickett @ProfKEPickett and Richard Wilkinson @ProfRGWilkinson are Professor and emeritus Professor of Social Epidemiology at the University of York where she is University Champion of Equality and Social Justice. Beverley Skeggs @bevskeggs is a feminist sociologist
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1.5.9 Plagiarism

Referencing is not only useful as a way of sharing information, but also as a means of ensuring that due credit is given to other people’s work. In the electronic information age, it is easy to copy and paste from journal articles and web pages into your own work. But if you do use someone else’s work, you should acknowledge the source by giving a correct reference.

Taking someone's work and not indicating where you took it from is termed plagiarism and is regarded as an infringemen
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5.1.5 English Language

McArthur, T. (ed.) (1992) The Oxford Companion to the English Language, Oxford, Oxford University Press.


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King Lear to In the loop : fiction and British politics
On 11 December 2009, Nottingham University's Centre for British Politics held a conference at the British Academy that drew together politicians, writers and academics to explore the interaction of British politics and fiction. In addition to the conference several video interviews were conducted with some of the speakers on the day. In this interview taken at the Fiction and British Politics Conference in London, former MP and writer Joe Ashton reveals how much truth there is in his writing
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Light : particle or wave?
This is a detailed explanation of the dual nature of light, complete with clear, labeled line drawings and Java interactive tutorials.
Author(s): Kenneth R. Spring,Michael W. Davidson

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