Friday, February 5, 2010

Symbols, Tropes & Memes in Popular Culture

In class on Tuesday we will be looking at the emergence and decoding of different Symbols, Tropes & Memes in Popular Culture. A meme is a cultural idea which takes on a symbolic role as it is circulated, morphed within popular culture discourse. Memes spread and are given importance as they are adopted and adapted to take on new forms. For a fuller introduction take a look at this article.

So what are some examples of some popular culture memes that you have run across? Describe one in detail. What was it's original meaning or intent? How has it changes as new version of the meme have emerged? What might Adorno or Stuart Hall have to say about this particular meme?

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