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?

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