Discussion: Popular Culture and Identity
Think of a piece of music that has helped you through a trying or joyful time. You probably identify with the music—it speaks to you, gives voice to your emotions, or reminds you of something in your past. You may develop a personal relationship with a piece of music or a song, but you are not the only one listening to it. Its popularity brought the piece of music to your attention in the first place. You may not think about the lyrics or the catchy tune, or the fact that it is a popular song. You may not even understand the message the song or its lyrics are conveying.
To prepare for this Discussion, read this week’s Learning Resources.
By Day 4
Post a 250-word response in which you:
Sternbergh, A. (2013, September 8). What was, is and will be popular: The driving forces of pop culture. New York Times. Retrieved from http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2013/09/08/magazine/the-culture-package.html?_r=0#/#item_12
This article focuses on how something in today’s culture becomes pop culture and why. The author discusses how changes in perspective can quickly change what is popular and what is not.
The following websites may be helpful throughout this course by demonstrating ways of analyzing pop culture texts as artifacts.
|Demonstrates Understanding||20 (33.33%) – 24 (40%)
Response demonstrates a full understanding and correct use of the concepts and/or strategies as presented in the Learning Resources.
|.||0 (0%) – 17 (28.33%)
Response demonstrates a minimal understanding and correct use of the concepts and/or strategies as presented in the Learning Resources.
|Required Components||20 (33.33%) – 24 (40%)
Response follows directions and includes all components indicated in the instructions. If requested, references are included and properly cited.
|0 (0%) – 17 (28.33%)
Response does not follow all directions and is missing components indicated in the instructions. If requested, references are not included and properly cited.
|Writing and Grammar||11 (18.33%) – 12 (20%)
Writing demonstrates mastery of all criteria for high academic literacy standards as indicated in “Writing Across the Curriculum” (see below).
|the Curriculum” (see below) are followed.|
|Total Points: 60|
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