The Pop Culture Zone Writing Critically about Popular Culture

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  • Copyright: 2008-06-19
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Why bring pop culture into the composition classroom? Because itís something you know and can get passionate about. THE POP CULTURE ZONE: WRITING CRITICALLY ABOUT POPULAR CULTURE focuses on your relationship with pop culture--such as film, television, popular books, and advertisements--and how that relationship can help you become a more critical reader and writer. The authors of this book use pop culture as the bridge between your life and the critical reading, thinking, and writing that are part of freshman composition to help you learn the rules of formal writing as well as more familiar forms of persuasion. Youíll learn to summarize your views effectively, listen to viewpoints that are different from your own, compare and contrast, and present ideas in a way that creates a continuing conversation of ideas.

Table of Contents

Introduction to Writing About Popular Culture
The Pop Culture Zone
Writing in the Pop Culture Zone
Defining Pop Culture
The Oprah Effect
The Content Zone
Writing about Advertisements
Sample Essay: Advertising: Keeping Sexism Alive
Reading Selections: The 70s
After the Blackout
My Father+s Closet, John Seabrook
Reading Selections: The 80s. Marketing in Color: New Niches Flow into the Mainstream
Keep Ads Out of Books
Reading Selections: The 90s
Profitability, Diversity, and Disability Images in Advertising in the United States and Great Britain
Constructed Bodies, Deconstructing Ads: Sexism in Advertising
Reading Selections: The 00s. Ads Ad Nauseum
No Escape from Ads, Even in the Backseat
The Battle for Advertising: Internet Giants Get Ready for Full Combat
Reading Selections: Across the Decades
Defining Trade Characters and Their Role in American Popular Culture
Merchandising Madness: Pills, Promises, and Better Living Through Chemistry
Writing about Film
Sample Essay: 1968
Resonates in 2004: 2001: A Space Odyssey and the Devolution of the Science Fiction Film
Reading Selections: The 70s
May the Force Be With You, and You, and You+
What is the Godfather Saying?
The Pleasures of Disappointment: Sequels and the Godfather, Part II
Reading Selections: The 80s
John Hughes Goes Deep: The Unexpected Heaviosity of Ferris Bueller+s Day Off
Reading Selections: The 90s
Reading Selections: A Case Study from the 00s
Fahrenheit 9/11: Review
Movie Review: Fahrenheit 9/11
Sub-par Propaganda
Reading Selections: Across the Decades
Disney+s Dolls
Why I+m Not Bored
Alfred Hitchcock: A Hank of Hair and a Piece of Bone
Writing about Groups, Spaces, and Places
Sample Essay: You+re the Tops
Reading Selections: The 70s
Disco Dance Introduction
The Ship Shape
Reading Selections: The 80s
Reagan-Bush at 9: Passing on the Legacy of Shame
Reading Selections: The 90s
Black Sorority Boom: Ninety Years After the First Group Was Founded, Membership and Enthusiasm Are Thriving
Bold New City or Built-Up +Burb+? Redefining Contemporary Suburbia
Reading Selections: The 00s
NASCAR Racing Fans: Cranking Up an Empirical Approach
The National Storytelling Festival
A Case Study
Paradise Ruined: A Guidebook Writer+s Lament
Greetings from the Florida Keys and Key West, The Monroe County Tourist Development Council. Margaritaville
More Key West Hotels Going Offline
Reading Selections: Across the Decades
Hitler Did Fine, I Can Do Better
Ladies of the White Gloves: Riding with Pride, Dianna Baldwin
Job Corps, AmeriCorps, and Peace Corps: An Overview, Kevin M. McCarron
Writing about Music
Sample Essay: The Triple-Threat Folk Hero
Reading Selections: The 70s
Bob Marley: Music Man with a Mission
Crossing the Border
Reading Selections: The 80s. Controversy
Reading Selections: The 90s
Romancing the Record: The Vinyl De-Evolution and Sub-cultural Evolution
Rap of the Ages: Tracking the Highs and Lows of Nearly 20 Years
Within You, Without You: The Guitarist+s Search for Spiritual Meaning
Reading Selections: The 00s. Static Minds
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