When attending week 5 small group session we collectively shared our media pleasures with each other this helped me compare and contrast my paper with my peers. As we shared I realized that my guilty media pleasure related to many of my peers. There were two girls in particular that I related to. The first girl I talked to named Jenna guilty media pleasure is Broadway productions. Jenna Identified her taste culture as being the typical sorority girl would usually listen to mainstream pop music. Like Jenna my guilty media pleasure of Justin Bibbers music also a went against my taste cultures form of music that they would typically listen too. As Jenna’s form taste culture was typical sorority girls and mine was goody two shoes people they both
Culture is an embodiment of a society’s values. The representation of American culture is rapidly changing, showing a plethora of beliefs over the decades. Every change comes with controversy, new radical ideas of the upcoming generation challenging the previous. Once deemed taboos become socially acceptable and ideas once thought absurd are altered to become social norms. For example, when rock and roll debuted in the late nineteen sixties it caused conservative Americans belonging to the fifties to believe the new music of the generation was causing internal decadence. Joyce Carol Oates’ short story, “Where are You Going, Where Have you been” represents this time in American history through the use of a symbolism. The reoccurrence of music and its influence on Connie, the main character in the story, symbolize the demoralization of American society.
Popular culture is embedded in consumption culture, and functioned as a double-edged sword. One the one hand, popular culture consumption as a resistance has challenged the dominant value; on the other hand, it joins hand with capitalism to manipulate consumers behavior. This essay will indicate why Nike is a part of popular culture consumption which empower and manipulate audiences.
Readings on Popular Culture for Writers. Ed. Sonia Maasik and Jack Solomon. Boston: Bedford, 1994. 249-269. Print.
In his article “3 Reasons College Still Matters” author Andrew Delbanco attempts to convince his audience the reasons college is still important in order to obtain a high education, in this case three main reasons. He discusses many other’s points of view on college and why people think college is irrelevant to ones future career. People largely had similar reasons to why college is not important; the people who do not attend college mostly say that college is a waste of valuable time and or resources. Delbanco does indeed address these assumptions to why people think college is not important. His argument is aimed towards an audience of people that may consist of those like high school graduates looking to further their education in college
Greys Anatomy is an ABC weekly drama television series based on the experiences of doctors and nurses who treat patients at Seattle Grace Mercy West Hospital. While portraying the healthcare profession, Meredith Grey has stayed a very popular character over the different seasons due to concentrating on her characters life and love instead of revolving around medical life.
There are many ways to show the world your ideas, and the main way people tend to go about it is using different forms of media. Media is all the print, digital, and electronic means of communication” (OpenStax College 2015). The most used form of media is television. You can use television to find out the news, watch sports, and be entertained. The form of media I am using for this paper is the popular comedy show “Family Guy”. “Family Guy” is a very diverse show, covering many topics some people might find inappropriate, but that is what makes this show very rich for a sociologist to study. The episode of “Family Guy” I studied was titled “You Can’t Do That
The humans are gregarious living beings. So, throughout history, they have lived as communities because they need communities. And also, they are in communication and interaction with each other. Every society makes its own culture based on their language, religion, science, conventions, eating, wearing customs and social life. The culture also takes shape and undergoes change in time. This development can be in a short or long period. When the effects on cultures are taken into consideration, classifications
Most of the things people learn from pop culture do not contribute to the creation of a better world, it is ephemeral knowledge. Furthermore, it can not be compared the knowledge that a student will receive from his or her school to what it is seen on television or a video game. Ultimately, the goal should be find a balance between the school work and appreciating popular culture. Finally, teenagers should stop seeing intellectualism as something wrong or “not cool” because after all, knowledge means
What is the Holocaust? The Holocaust was the murder and the oppression of more than 6 million Jews under the Nazi soldiers during World War II in the years of 1941–1945. Many of these Jews were starved, burned and tortured, amongst other horrible things. The Holocaust is a pop cultural phenomenon that has influenced many positive and negative views through artistic mediums such as books, films and museums. The famous author of The Night Trilogy, Elie Wiesel, said: "Back then, few schools offered courses on the subject. Today, many do. And, strangely, those courses are particularly popular. The topic of Auschwitz has become part of mainstream culture. There are films, plays, novels, international conferences, exhibitions, annual ceremonies with
Media, including television, cell phones, social media, ect., is spoon feeding the world conflict, hand delivering minor social issues that are not necessarily as hard pressing as we believe. While many scholars disagree (including Steven Johnson in Watching TV Makes you Smarter), what appears on the television screen of an average person is just the combination of pop culture items mixing together to re-affirm common beliefs. This is a worldwide occurrence, usually beginning in America and spreading throughout the world, a form of mass globalization that provides the world everything it needs without anyone lifting a finger. Joseph Joffe argues this as a form of soft power in The Perils of Soft Power, and it is slowly draining civilization of individuality. A fresh individuality is required to keep innovation and inventing, indulging the world further into an unending cycle of convenience, yet this indispensable cycle is simply inevitable. This proves Postman’s point written in Amusing Ourselves to Death, confirming in a sense that pop culture is detracting from our world’s individuality. It is as if the world is covered by the same shade of dull beige, blanketed in a safe cocoon of other’s opinions. The way to change this color? Break the cycle of spoon fed information, and begin one of self-discovery. Then, and hopefully it will be soon, we can move on to truly creating a representative “Pop
Each generation has gone through struggles that would later come to define them. In the fifties there was WWII, sixties there was the Vietnam Conflict, eighties there was the Cold War and today there is the War on Terror. These conflict shaped justice, morality and culture. Spurring evolution in all aspects of life including but not limited to fashion, law, music and cinema. These evolving aspects of culture were often transgressive and therefor created unique and novel challenges for each individual existing within. The civil rights movement and the summer of love in the sixties was a reaction to the Vietnam Conflict. The students rebelled against their parents and grandparents moral perspectives in favor of one crafted in the
Popular culture is often viewed as being trivial and "dumbed down" in order to find consensual acceptance throughout the mainstream. As a result, it comes under heavy criticism from various non-mainstream sources which deem it superficial, consumerist, sensationalist, or corrupt.
Films and TV shows that involves youths as the main characters, regularly promotes conformity. There are media effects that affect youths and the society based on the message and ideology sent in films and TV shows, this will be elaborated later on in my essay.
In the contemporary living of the humankind in the 21st century, the popular culture plays a vital role in our own lives especially in youth. Hence, we future teachers and all adults must be more acquainted and involved in advancing our critical understanding to everything we read, watch and hear in all sorts of media than the youth to guide them properly in attaining more accurate and holistic knowledge inside or outside the classroom.