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How do visitors immersing themselves in material places such as shopping malls or video sites online make sense of the experience, enabling criticizing - or consenting to content? How is this evident in behaviour? Reflecting on accounts by Chinese, Indian, Malay and Indigenous members of Malaysian society, this book addresses these questions from a practices perspective increasingly adopted by scholars in marketing and media studies.
The volume provides an account of practices theory from its origins in critical hermeneutics (such as Heidegger, Gadamer and Ricoeur), as reflecting on the processes of embodied understanding, developing alongside interpretive and reception theory. Part I draws upon authors as diverse as Heidegger and Henry Jenkins, with a practices perspective on media and mall consuming shown as developing from forty years of theorizing about audience activity. An empirical study of Malaysian blogging and branding on YouTube exemplifies this approach. Part II considers Malaysians absorbed in social media sites, as everyday visitors and the subjects of consumer research. The book then returns to the material world, exploring the horizons of understanding from which Malaysians enter their mediated malls, and concludes by positioning media practices theory within a spectrum of philosophical ideas.
Recognizing the current (re)turn in Consumer and Media Studies to employing hermeneutics as an account of our embodied human understanding, this book presents its major philosophical proponents, showing how close attention to their writing can now inform and shape research on ubiquitous screen users. As such, it will be of particular interest to students and scholars of Media Studies, Asian Studies and Marketing Studies.
The frantic pace of our noisy world and conflicting demands bombard our souls. We find it hard to hear God in the chaos of our everyday lives. How can we slow down to be with and experience his presence? One faith practice many people of faith follow is going on a spiritual retreat. Spiritual Retreats: A Guide to Slowing Down to be with God is a manual to learn about retreats, the many types and benefits of attending one, how to best prepare your heart before arriving at a retreat center, and how to bring home and apply to our daily life, the lessons learned from our time with God. We often find it easier to live in our comfortable routines, excuses, and fear of the unknowns about a retreat. This book through its practical tips, resources, blessings, stories, and inspiration will motivate the reader to put aside the busyness, clamor, and stresses of life to be with God. "Come with me by yourselves to a quiet place and get some rest."
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