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Discovering Popular Culture (A Longman Topics Reader)

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9780321355966

ISBN10:
0321355962
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Pub. Date:
5/24/2006
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Longman
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This brief, provocative reader explores American popular culture from The Sopranos to the Simpsons, from MP3 players to comic books, from Andy Warhol to hip hop. Anyone who wants to understand what Americans are seeing, thinking, and doing in the 21 st century should read this collection. Engages readers with an exploration of Americars"s popular culture. Readings cover a wide variety of popular media including television and film, food and drink, advertising, music, the Internet, and much more. General interest

Table of Contents

Preface ix
Getting Started with Definitions: A Refresher List xii
CHAPTER 1 American Character and image 1(44)
Andy Warhol, What's Great About This Country
4(2)
Anneli Rufus, Marlboro Country: Advertising
6(3)
Richard Rodriguez, The American "I"
9(3)
Patrick J. Deneen, Awakening from the American Dream: The End of Escape in American Cinema?
12(21)
Jon Gertner, The Futile Pursuit of Happiness
33(11)
Questions for Making Connections
44(1)
CHAPTER 2 Gender Roles; images of Masculinity and Femininity 45(44)
Dove, StrategyOne, Nancy Etcoff and Susie Orbach Only Two Percent of Women Describe Themselves as Beautiful
48(8)
Marie D. Smith, Decoding Victoria's Secret: The Marketing of Sexual Beauty and Ambivalence
56(8)
Ralph Donald, From "Knockout Punch" to "Home Run": Masculinity's "Dirty Dozen" Sports Metaphors in American Combat Films
64(20)
Barbara Ehrenreich, Why Don't We Like the Human Body?
84(3)
Questions for Making Connections
87(2)
CHAPTER 3 Children and Family 89(31)
Jeff J. McIntyre, APA Congressional Testimony on Media Violence and Children: Testimony of Jeff J. McIntyre on Behalf of the American Psychological Association
92(3)
American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), Violent Television Programming and Its Impact on Children
95(7)
Eric Garrison, The Simpsons: A Reflection of Society and a Message on Family
102(9)
Sandra Tsing Loh, Shopworn: Like the Valley Girls Who Made It Famous, the Suburban Mall Is Now on the Wrong Side of Forty
111(7)
Questions for Making Connections
118(2)
CHAPTER 4 Race and Ethnicity 120(42)
Bernard Beck, The Myth That Would Not Die: The Sopranos, Mafia Movies, and Italians in America
122(8)
Mireya Navarro, Trying to Get Beyond the Role of the Maid: Hispanic Actors Are Seen as Under-represented, with the Exception of One Part
130(5)
Chris Tucker, Different Stories
135(8)
Douglas Kellner, Sports, Media Culture, and Race—Some Reflections on Michael Jordan
143(14)
Brent Staples, Editorial Observer: How Hip-Hop Music Lost Its Way and Betrayed Its Fans
157(3)
Questions for Making Connections
160(2)
CHAPTER 5 Education: Popular Culture and the Academy 162(48)
Robert Trussell, Scholars Spend as Much Time with Love Boat as with Shakespeare
164(5)
Alex Ross, Rock 101: Academia Tunes In
169(12)
Jonathan Franzen, The Reader in Exile
181(11)
Marie Warmbold, Harry Potter: Oliver with a Magical Twist
192(10)
Steven Johnson, The Internet—Everything Bad Is Good for You
202(6)
Questions for Making Connections
208(2)
CHAPTER 6 Consumerism 210(39)
James Twitchell, Trash and the Voluntary Simplicity Movement—The Triumph of American Materialism
213(12)
Eric Michael Mazur and Tara K Koda, The Happiest Place on Earth: Disney
225(6)
James J. Farrell, Shopping for American Culture
231(7)
Pete Rojas, Bootleg Culture
238(7)
Lawrence Lessig, Protecting Mickey Mouse at Art's Expense
245(3)
Questions for Making Connections
248(1)
Credits 249


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