I've mentioned previously the absurdity of the fact that two academic presses now publish books in the "popular culture and philosophy" genre. The recipe is simple:
1. Take some pop culture phenomenon, such as a band, a TV show, a movie, a sport, etc.
2. Commission several short, poorly written, and more poorly argued essays about that phenomenon from people employed as professional philosophers who can't get their work [sic] published elsewhere.
3. Stick the essays together, without bothering to proofread, edit, or even read them.
4. Add a cover page containing the name of that phenomenon followed by the words and philosophy. And a book is born.
I used to think of these books as harmless, useless, fun. But now I see them as a positive menace. The essays are almost uniformly shoddy and philosophically inept; they leave the casual reader with the impression that philosophy is just what they'd always took it to be: self-indulgent bullshit.
I just saw a call for contributions for a proposed Transformers and Philosophy book. Isn't it long past time to call a moratorium on this crap?