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.
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.
“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
Issues in Popular Culture
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.
What questions do you have?
Look into popular culture, what is it trying to say?
Needs to include:
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.