9781319213664

Signs of Life in the USA Readings on Pop Culture for Writers 10th

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  • Edition: 10th
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2020-10-20
  • Publisher: Bedford/St. Martin's

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Contents
Preface for Instructors


INTRODUCTION
Popular Signs: Or, Everything You Always Knew about American Culture (but Nobody Asked)
It’s the End of the World as We Know It
From Folk to For-Profit
Pop Culture Goes to College
The Semiotic Method
Abduction and Overdetermination
Interpreting Popular Signs: The Revolution will be Reiterated
The Classroom Connection
Cultural Mythologies
Getting Started
Writing about Popular Culture
Using Active Reading Strategies
Prewriting Strategies
Developing Strong Arguments about Popular Culture
Conducting a Semiotic Analysis
Reading Visual Images Actively
Reading Essays about Popular Culture
AMY LIN: Barbie: Queen of Dolls and Consumerism [STUDENT ESSAY]
*IRINA BODEA: Banks: Progressive or Traditional [STUDENT ESSAY]
*JEREMY CREEK: The Anglerfish in the Machine: Horror and Re-enchantment in Stranger Things [STUDENT ESSAY]
Conducting Research and Citing Sources
SCOTT JASCHIK: A Stand against Wikipedia
PATTI S. CARAVELLO: Judging Quality on the Web
TRIP GABRIEL: For Students in Internet Age, No Shame in Copy and Paste


SECTION 1: FOUNDATIONS


Chapter 1. American Paradox: Culture, Conflict, and Contradiction in the U.S.A.
BARBARA EHRENREICH: Bright-Sided
GEORGE PACKER: Celebrating Inequality
*MARK MANSON: The Disease of More
*MARK MURPHY: The Uncivil War: How Cultural Sorting of America Divides Us
ALFRED LUBRANO: The Shock of Education: How College Corrupts
MARIAH BURTON NELSON: I Won. I’m Sorry.
WADE GRAHAM: Are We Greening Our Cities, or Just Greenwashing Them?



Chapter 2. My Selfie, My Self: Identity and Ideology in the New Millennium
MICHAEL OMI: In Living Color: Race and American Culture
*RACHELLE HAMPTON: Which People?
*ZAHIR JANMOHAMED: Your Cultural Attire
AARON DEVOR: Gender Role Behaviors and Attitudes
DEBORAH BLUM: The Gender Blur: Where Does Biology End and Society Take Over?
MICHAEL HULSHOF-SCHMIDT: What’s in an Acronym? Parsing the LGBTQQIP2SAA Community
RACHEL LOWRY: Straddling Online and Offline Profiles, Millennials Search for Identity
*SOPHIE GILBERT: Millennial Burnout is Being Televised
*DAVE PATTERSON: Shame By a Thousand Looks
*KWAME ANTHONY APPIAH: What Does It Mean to Look Like Me


SECTION 2: EVERYDAY LIFE


Chapter 3. Consuming Passions: The Culture of American Consumption
LAURENCE SHAMES: The More Factor
MALCOLM GLADWELL: The Science of Shopping
*JORDYN HOLMAN: Millennials Tried to Kill the American Mall, But Gen Z Might Save It
MICHAEL POLLAN: Supermarket Pastoral
CHRIS ARNING, What Can Semiotics Contribute to Packaging Design?
TROY PATTERSON: The Politics of the Hoodie
THOMAS FRANK: Commodify Your Dissent
JAMES A. ROBERTS: The Treadmill of Consumption


Chapter 4. Brought to You B(u)y: The Signs of Advertising
JACK SOLOMON: Masters of Desire: The Culture of American Advertising
JAMES B. TWITCHELL: What We Are to Advertisers
STEVE CRAIG: Men’s Men and Women’s Women
JIA TOLENTINO: How "Empowerment" Became Something for Women to Buy
*DEREK THOMPSON: The Four-Letter Code to Selling Just About Anything
JULIET B. SCHOR: Selling to Children: The Marketing of Cool
JULIA B. CORBETT: A Faint Green Sell: Advertising and the Natural World



Portfolio of Advertisements
Spotify
Buffalo Exchange
California Walnuts
Shinola Detroit
The Shelter Pet Project
Society of Grownups



Chapter 5. The Cloud: Semiotics and the New Media
*JUDY ESTRIN: I Helped Create the Internet, and I’m Worried about What It’s Doing to Young People *ALICIA ELER: There’s a Lot More to a Selfie than Meets the Eye
*JUDITH SHULEVITZ: "Alexa, How Will You Change Us?"
*JESSE SELL: Gamer Identity
*DAVID COURTWRIGHT: How "Limbic Capitalism" Preys on Our Addicted Brains
NANCY JO SALES: From the Instamatic to Instagram: Social Media and the Secret Lives of Teenagers *JACOB SILVERMAN: "Pics or It Didn’t Happen"—The Mantra of the Instagram Era
BROOKE GLADSTONE: Influencing Machines: The Echo Chambers of the Internet
JOHN HERRMAN: Inside Facebook’s (Totally Insane, Unintentionally Gigantic, Hyperpartisan) Political-Media Machine


SECTION 3: ENTERTAINMENT


Chapter 6. On the Air: Television and Cultural Forms
NEAL GABLER: The Social Networks
BRITTNEY LEVINE BECKMAN: Why We Binge-Watch Stuff We Hate
*SAMANTHA ALLEN:  How Euphoria and Model Hunter Schafer Created the Most Interesting Trans Character on TV
CLAIRE MIYE STANFORD: You’ve Got the Wrong Song: Nashville and Country Music Feminism
EMILY NUSSBAUM: The Aristocrats: The Graphic Arts of Game of Thrones
MASSIMO PIGLIUCCI, The One Paradigm to Rule Them All: Scientism and The Big Bang Theory *BRITTANY LEVINE BECKMAN, Why We Binge-Watch Stuff We Hate



Chapter 7. The Hollywood Sign: The Culture of American Film
ROBERT B. RAY: The Thematic Paradigm
CHRISTINE FOLCH: Why the West Loves Sci-Fi and Fantasy: A Cultural Explanation
LINDA SEGER: Creating the Myth
*MAYA PHILLIPS: The Narrative Experiment That Is the Marvel Cinematic Universe
ABRAHAM RIESMAN: What We Talk about When We Talk about Batman and Superman
MATT ZOLLER SEITZ: The Offensive Movie Cliché That Won’t Die
*MIKHAIL LYUBANSKY: The Racial Politics of Black Panther
JESSICA HAGEDORN: Asian Women in Film: No Joy, No Luck
MICHAEL PARENTI: Class and Virtue
DAVID DENBY: High-School Confidential: Notes on Teen Movies
*WESLEY MORRIS: Rom-Coms Were Corny and Retrograde. Why Do I Miss Them so Much?


Chapter 8. Tangled Roots: The Cultural Politics of Popular Music
*NOLAN GLASER: Music Is Supposed to Unify Us. Is the Streaming Revolution Fragmenting Us Instead?
CLARA McNULTY-FINN: The Evolution of Rap
*NADRA NITTLE: Lil Nas X Isn’t an Anomaly
*JON MEACHAM and TIM MCGRAW: How Country Music Explains America’s Divided History
*CHRISTINA NEWLAND: A Cultural History of the Diva
*DJ LOUIE XIV: Has the Pop Star been Killed?
*DANIEL PERSON: When Did Pop Culture and Nature Part Ways?
*DANI DEAHL: Monsta X and Steve Aoki: How K-Pop Took Over YouTube



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