Cultural Criticism

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Cultural Criticism

  1. 1. Cultural Criticism
  2. 2. Often difficult to separate strands of culture
  3. 3. So we have to look at patterns
  4. 4. And meanings…metaphors Wearing PJs in public could be a metaphor for laziness, for lack of sincerity, for a breakdown in our cultural understanding of propriety…
  5. 5. We see a lot of issues repeated
  6. 6. Sexism, hyper-masculinity, violence…Sexy? A “Real” Man?
  7. 7. Deconstruct
  8. 8. How are these ideas formed and shaped?
  9. 9. Examination and analysis Why, she isn’t reading at all! She’s people- watching!
  10. 10. Rebut prevailing “truths”This rapper is not This is not a normal,in a gang. healthy body weight.
  11. 11. Compare and contrast ideas,contexts, situations, cultures…
  12. 12. Student Example: Comparisonof “Free Press” in Romania and “Free Press” in the US
  13. 13. Barbara Ehrenreich Bright-Sided http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0R4Bsbklc hUWhat layers of meaning are present in this cultural criticism ofpositive thinking?
  14. 14. Successful criticism relies on you…
  15. 15. And your ability to criticize
  16. 16. …and to evaluate
  17. 17. …and your moral reasoning skills
  18. 18. …and to look for largerimplications of actions
  19. 19. …to look at applications ofbehaviors in popular culture and society
  20. 20. To see patterns of meaning
  21. 21. How do you support?Personal experienceHistorical contextContemporary cultural contextResearch

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