• The crisis of democratic culture?

      Bendall, Mark J.; Robertson, Chris; University of Chester (Intellect, 2018-09-01)
      This piece assesses the risk of disinformation primarily, but not exclusively, in the Anglo-American context. It unpicks assumptions behind post-truth and fake news; considers precedents for disinformation and queries the extent of its novelty. Are these manageable challenges to democratic cultures or a crisis? It concludes that whatever the terminological tangles, industrialized disinformation signal threats to the public sphere, threats underscored by historical events highlighting the vulnerability of democracy. Yet threats to democratic systems have not deleted their scrutinizing capabilities from below (voters) and from above (the legislature). Therefore challenges, for all their potency and potential, have not yet reached crisis.
    • Film and superheroes as a pedagogic tool

      Bendall, Mark J.; University of Chester (IGI Global, 2018-08-17)
      The paper discusses the value of an interdisciplinary approach to analysing signs and the culture out of which they grow. It argues that films can be used in college and university settings to both deepen language appreciation and, especially, the cultural context around the language. It surveys precedents for the use of comics and film in teaching more generally and language learning more specifically. The broader validity of films as a pedagogic tool is first discussed before analysis of superhero films as a gateway into decoding dominant hegemonic culture. Concepts such as polysemy, psycho and sociopolitics are used to illustrate how multi-modal inter-disciplinary strategies can promote visual literacy. Whilst aimed at college and university teaching, this has applicability to younger learners too.
    • Manhattan masquerade: Sexuality and spectacle in the world of Questin Crisp

      Bendall, Mark J.; University of Chester (Chester Academic Press, 2009-12-18)
      This book chapter discusses Crisp's parade of camp, his use of language, his use of androgyny, and his symbiotic interaction with urban space (especially New York) to sustain individuality and achieve, in his view, ordinariness.
    • Marginally male, centre stage and spot-lit

      Bendall, Mark J.; University of Chester (Palgrave Macmillan, 2015-09-01)
      The chapter interrogates the dissonance between what Quentin Crisp is and what he says,using theories such as Butler's notion of gender trouble to discuss the parade of camp; wit as weapon and the negotiation of an urban environment as flaneur as an elderly white male, marginal in an already marginal culture.
    • The slowly simmering frog: Notes on pre-Fascism and globalisation

      Bendall, Mark J.; University of Chester (Chester Academic Press, 2007-07-18)
      This book chapter discusses how and why the USA has attempted to manage globalisation. It asseses whether US habits, in an era of globalisation, has become fascistic.