Thursday, January 28, 2010

Hegemony and the Popular

For Tuesday's class we will be looking at the theme of Hegemony and the Popular. We will be focusing our attention on the Frankfurt school and the Legacy of Marx who heavily influenced 20th century popular culture and media studies scholars and scholarship. At the heart of this critique is a concern over how culture is controlled and shaped by different forces of power. This leads to the question: How are power and authority constructed, in light of Marxist thought?

Provide a concrete example from popular culture of the concept of hegemony. Describe how this illustrates this concept. How would the Frankfurt school read this artifact? What issues related to cultural power or control would they highlight or be most concerned with?

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Considering “culture” in Popular Culture

In Thursday's lecture we will be considering what the “culture” in Popular Culture means. We will also address the question: How is culture created and defined by civilization and groups?

I am looking for you to provide an example of a popular culture phenomenon that presents a distinctive definition or understanding of culture. For instance if we think about of Matthew Arnold's definition "the best of what is thought or said by humanity" how does this particular popular culture artifact express or define this?

Monday, January 18, 2010

Welcome to COMM 340

Welcome to COMM 340.

This purpose of this course is to explore the development of the concept of “popular culture” and the complex social issues this raises in our media driven world. This blog is a space for you to share your thoughts on issues and ideas raised in class. This will give you an opportunity to reflect on what you have learned not only in your research but through issues raised in the class discussion or your presentation.
Posting on this blog is also part of the lab day assignments related to your group research projects. More details to follow on this. For now enjoy the journey into twist and turns of Popular Culture and the questions of myth, identity and power they create.