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What’s the differencebetween the Yes and No examples?
Popular Culture• includes fashion fads, blockbuster movies, video games, TV shows, and viral videos• Also includes the way we include pop culture products and experiences in our daily lives.
Pop Culture• Tries to appeal to as large an audience as possible• Tends to preserve “status quo” rather than challenge it• Views on social trends, roles of women, minority groups etc are inﬂuenced by the dominant social, political, and economic system
Pop Culture• Analysis of pop culture reveal beliefs, myths, fears, desires, hopes of dominant North American culture
Pop Culture• TV shoes have become a kind of testing ground for exploring controversial topics: • eg/ 1997 Ellen ﬁrst openly gay lead on a TV series. Then in 1998 came Will and Grace
Pop Culture• By looking at patterns, values, and ideologies in pop culture we can take the pulse of society• eg/ Have a look at this clip from the 1960s TV show “All in the Family”
Next• Is Canadian pop culture different than American pop culture? If so how?• Find an example of a pop song from the 50s or 60s and compare it to a pop song today. How are they different and what can you learn about the cultures that produced them?