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  • Popular Culture What is It? Is it Important? What Does it Say About Us?
  • What is It?
    • Pop culture is the vernacular (people’s) culture that prevails in any given society.
  • The Unbelievable
    • There are people who make a living studying popular culture.
    • Let’s look at the web sites
      • http://www.wsu.edu/~amerstu/pop/tvrguide.html
      • http://www.americanpopularculture.com/journal/contents.htm
  • How is Pop Culture Determined?
    • By everyday interactions, needs and desires, the cultural “moments” that make up our everyday lives.
  • Who Influences Pop Culture?
    • In modern society, pop culture is influenced by the industries that disseminate cultural material.
    • Film, television, news media, music, publishing, anime.
  • What Makes Pop Culture Unique?
    • It is constantly changing
    • It is specific to time and place
  • Pop Culture has Broad Appeal
    • Appeal to a broad spectrum of the public
    • Is it because broad appeal items are produced and sold by profit making companies in an attempt to maximize profits?
  • Is Pop Culture Superficial?
    • Two schools of thought:
      • Cultural items that require extensive experience, training, or reflection to be appreciated seldom become items of popular culture.
      • Others argue that pop culture is on the cutting edge of culture- adopted by cultural mavens – and then adopted by the laggards in the mainstream.
  • Pop Culture is Serious Business
    • Lots of people are making lots of money studying and commenting on popular culture.
    • We will look at a website devoted to our popular culture.
    • http:/www/americanpopularculture.com
    • Studies 20 th and 21 st century American culture and history. Articles on rap music, SARS and racial relations, women’s self esteem via Real Women Have Curves, etc.
  • Another Website
    • http://xroads.virginia.edu/~YP
    • “The serious, scholarly study of mass or popular culture is a fairly recent phenomenon, although sociologists have long found the materials w/ which Americans amuse themselves fascinating for what they reflect about the people and the world around them. Pop culture serves as a mirror wherein society can better see itself.”
  • Forms of Popular Culture
    • Music
    • Television
    • Sports
    • Toys
    • Comic Books
    • Film
    • Advertising
    • Fashion
    • Magazines
    • Cyber culture
  • Issues in Popular Culture
    • Race
    • Ethnicity
    • Gender
    • Sexuality
    • Cultural Imperialism
    • Censorship
  • Assignment
    • Pick a form of popular culture – music, film, book, etc. and tell us what issue is being addressed. One slide that states form and issue.
    • Additionally, look at one website (at least) and see how they view the form and the issue.
    • Tie it together with a PowerPoint presentation. If possible, play the music, movie, etc.
  • Questions?
    • What questions do you have?
    • Look into popular culture, what is it trying to say?
  • The Presentation
    • Needs to include:
      • Title Slide
      • Theme
      • The URL of 3 websites that you visited to study popular culture
      • An analysis of the article of popular culture that you studied. For example, if a song, the lyrics and an analysis of what the artist is trying to say about race, gender, etc.