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Common Culture: Reading and Writing about American Popular Culture

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Publisher Comments:

POP GOES THE READER!

 

This composition reader calls on our daily experiences with popular culture to help you understand culture in general and to promote critical thinking, reading, and writing.  Offering thought-provoking essays for the classroom, the authors of Common Culture explore our world of iPods and hip-hop, of reality TV, and blockbuster movies to help create a course that is meaningful and challenging. . .and fun.

 

This outstanding learning tool is key to your success in class and will help you think, read, and write clearly both in college and beyond.

Synopsis:

POP GOES THE READER!

 

This composition reader calls on our daily experiences with popular culture to help you understand culture in general and to promote critical thinking, reading, and writing.  Offering thought-provoking essays for the classroom, the authors of Common Culture explore our world of iPods and hip-hop, of reality TV, and blockbuster movies to help create a course that is meaningful and challenging. . .and fun.

 

This outstanding learning tool is key to your success in class and will help you think, read, and write clearly both in college and beyond.

Synopsis:

From Barbie to the Internet, the Simpsons to the malls, this engaging book on pop culture can help readers develop writing skills while reading and thinking about subjects they find inherently interesting. It contains essays addressing pop culture topics along with suggestions for further reading. Topics covered in the essays include advertising, television, popular music, cyberculture, sports, and movies. Because of its several comprehensive indexes, this book is an excellent reference work for writers and analysts of popular culture.

Table of Contents

Preface

 

1  Reading and Writing about American Popular Culture

    What Is Popular Culture?  

    Why Study Popular Culture?  

    Active Reading  

          Strategies for Actively Reading a Text  

          An Active Reading Casebook: Three Selections about Barbie  

               Preparing to Read  

               Reading and Annotating  

                    Barbie’s Shoes, Hilary Tham  

               Re-reading  

               Reviewing 

               Reading Pop Cultural Criticism  

                    The Indignation of Barbie, John Leo  

               Reading Academic Analysis  

                    “Seen Through Rose-Tinted Glasses”: The Barbie Doll in American Society, Marilyn Ferris Motz  

     Reading Images  

          Preparing to Read  

          Reading and Annotating  

          Re-reading  

          Reviewing  

    The Writing Process  

          Prewriting  

               Freewriting  

               Clustering  

               Outlining  

          Drafting 

               Thesis and Thesis Statement  

               Opening Paragraphs  

               Supporting Paragraphs  

               Evidence  

               Conclusions  

               Distancing  

               Revising  

               Revision Checklist  

               Writing Research on Popular Culture  

               Modern Language Association Documentation Format  

               American Psychological Association Documentation Format  

               Sample Student Essay  

                    Role-Model Barbie: Now and Forever? Carolyn Muhlstein  

 

2  Advertising 

    Approaches to Advertising  

                    The Cult You’re In, Kalle Lasn  

                    Salespeak, Roy Fox  

                    Advertising’s Fifteen Basic Appeals, Jib Fowles  

                    How Advertising Informs to Our Benefit, John E. Calfee  

      Images of Women in Advertising  

                    You’re Soaking In It, Jennifer L. Pozner  

                    Getting Dirty, Mark Crispin Miller  

                    Sex, Lies, and Advertising, Gloria Steinem  

      Additional Suggestions for Writing About Advertising  

 

3  Television

     The Cultural Influences of Television  

                    Spudding Out, Barbara Ehrenreich  

                    Television Addiction Is No Mere Metaphor, Robert Kubey and Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi  

                    Life According to TV, Harry Waters  

                    Watching TV Makes You Smarter,Steven Johnson

     Interpreting Television  

    1. Reality TV  

                    The Tribe Has Spoken, Rebecca Gardyn  

                    Keeping It Real: Why We Like to Watch Reality Dating Television Shows, Robert Samuels  

    2. The Simpsons  

                    The Simpsons: Atomistic Politics and the Nuclear Family, Paul A. Cantor  

                    The Evolution of the Seven Deadly Sins: From God to the Simpsons, Lisa Frank  

     Additional Suggestions for Writing About Television  

 

4  Popular Music     

     The Hip-Hop Generation

                    Rap and Race:  It’s Got a Nice Beat, But What About the Message?,  Rachel E. Sullivan

                    The Miseducation of Hip-Hop, Evelyn Jamilah

                    Pop Goes the Rapper:  A Close Reading of Eminem’s Genderphobia, Vincent Stephens

    Music and Contemporary Culture

                    Marilyn Manson and the Apt Pupils of Littleton, Gary Burns

                    The Money Note:  Can the Record Business Be Saved?,  John Seabrook

                    I Hate Classical Music, Alex Ross

     Additional Suggestions for Writing About Popular Music  

 

5  Technology

     Technology, Individuals, and Communities

                    Breaking Down Borders: How Technology Transforms the Private and Public Realms, Robert Samuels

                    Cyberhood vs. Neighborhood, John Perry Barlow  

                    Our Cell Phones, Ourselves, Christine Rosen

     Applications

     1. Video Games

                    Let the Games Begin: Gaming Technology and Entertainment Among College Students, Steve Jones

                    Playing War: The Emerging Trend of Real Virtual Combat in Current Video Games, Brian Cowlishaw

     2. Blogging

                    Weblogs: A History and Perspective, Rebecca Blood 

                    Borg Journalism, John Hiler

Additional Suggestions for Writing About Technology

 

6  Sports

     Sport in America, American Sports Across the Globe

                    Fixing Kids’ Sports, Peter Cary, Randy Dotinga, and Avery Comarow            

                    Baby, You’re the Greatest, Tom Farrey

                    Discipline and Push-Up: Female Bodies, Femininity and Sexuality in Popular Representations

                          of Sports Bras, Jaime Schultz

                    Jack of Smarts: Why the Internet Generation Loves to Play Poker, Justin Peters

                    World Games:  The U.S. Tries to Colonize Sport, Mike Marqusee

     Sports, Stars, and Society

                    Risk, Paul Roberts

                    Life on the Edge, William Dowell and the Editors of Time Magazine

     Analyzing Sports

                    Champion of the World, Maya Angelou

                    Tiger Time: The Wonder of an American Hero, Jay Nordlinger

                    Fields of Broken Dreams: Latinos and Baseball, Marcos Bretón

     Additional Suggestions for Writing About Sports  

 

7  Movies

    Film and American Culture

               The Way We Are, Sydney Pollack  

                    The Politics of Moviemaking, Saul Austerlitz

                    The Asian Invasion (of Multiculturalism) in Hollywood, Minh-Ha Pham

                    Fight Club: A Ritual Cure for the Spiritual Ailment of American Masculinity, Jethro Rothe-Kushel

     Tarantino and The Passion:  A Controversy Casebook

                    Pulp Fiction, Alan Stone

                    She’ll Kill Bill While You Chill, Thomas de Zengotita

                    Nailed, David Denby

                    Gibson’s Sublime Passion: In Defense of the Violence, William Irwin

      Additional Suggestions for Writing About Movies 

 

For Further Reading: A Common Culture Bibliography  

Acknowledgments  

Index by Author and Title  

Index by Academic Discipline  

Index by Rhetorical Mode   

Product Details

ISBN:
9780131825451
Subtitle:
Reading and Writing About American Popular Culture
Author:
Petracca, Michael
Compiled:
Cram 101
Author:
Petracca, Michael F
Author:
Sorapure, Madeleine
Author:
Cram101 Textbook Reviews, Textbook Revie
Author:
Cram 101
Author:
Cram101 Textbook Reviews
Author:
Petracca and Sorapure, 4th Edition
Publisher:
Academic Internet Publishers
Location:
Upper Saddle River, N.J.
Subject:
United states
Subject:
Civilization
Subject:
Anthropology - Cultural
Subject:
Popular Culture
Subject:
Composition & Creative Writing - General
Subject:
Book Notes
Subject:
Composition & Creative Writing
Copyright:
Edition Number:
4
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Cram101 Textbook Outlines
Series Volume:
cahier no 36
Publication Date:
December 2006
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
College/higher education:
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
656
Dimensions:
9 x 6 x 0.98 in 785 gr

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"Synopsis" by ,

POP GOES THE READER!

 

This composition reader calls on our daily experiences with popular culture to help you understand culture in general and to promote critical thinking, reading, and writing.  Offering thought-provoking essays for the classroom, the authors of Common Culture explore our world of iPods and hip-hop, of reality TV, and blockbuster movies to help create a course that is meaningful and challenging. . .and fun.

 

This outstanding learning tool is key to your success in class and will help you think, read, and write clearly both in college and beyond.

"Synopsis" by , From Barbie to the Internet, the Simpsons to the malls, this engaging book on pop culture can help readers develop writing skills while reading and thinking about subjects they find inherently interesting. It contains essays addressing pop culture topics along with suggestions for further reading. Topics covered in the essays include advertising, television, popular music, cyberculture, sports, and movies. Because of its several comprehensive indexes, this book is an excellent reference work for writers and analysts of popular culture.
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