HU300: Popular Culture and the Humanities
Part 1: Letter of Introduction
I am writing this letter as a piece of a time capsule. I wish to capture for you a day in the life of the typical person in 2012.
I have to say at this point that my day starts early. The house really starts buzzing around 6:00. Usually my husband is out to work at this time. Giovanni, my son, takes a shower getting ready for school. I start making coffee, and getting breakfast ready. Then we have breakfast together and soon he has to wait for the bus to bring him to school. His bus ride is about thirty from where we live. We chose a Catholic school for our children, Guilherme, 21 yrs old, graduate from Salesian High School and is current living in Pennsylvania in his last year in De Sales University and Giovanni 15 yrs old, attends Salesian High School. We want them to learn and practice a catholic faith. Next I have to get ready to go to work. It takes about ten minute driving to the school. Little Angels is private Preschool School; I teach a Pre-school class, which has 13 children. We have to use an electronic card to gain access to building. Nowadays you can’t be too careful with security. My schedule is from 9 to 5 every day, I have one hour lunch break, and I spend trying to juggle between homework, work and chores. I am currently a part time student at Kaplan University. I do not attend physical classes in a physical building. My classes are online. This means that I receive the information through the internet. The internet is the only way to communication nowadays. I have never met my professors face to face, but we correspond through discussion boards on the school’s web site. The Internet is named for "interconnection of computer networks". It is a massive hardware combination of millions of personal, business, and governmental computers, all connected like roads and highways . Business, schools and even governments have come to depend on the internet as the main way to exchange information and even goods. No single person owns the Internet. No single government has authority over its operations. Some technical rules and hardware/software standards enforce how people plug into the Internet, but for the most part, the Internet is a free and open broadcast medium of hardware networking. Most of my banking, education and work are done online. Throughout a typical day, I will pay bills on the internet, access my class information on the internet and correspond with my sister and brother in Brazil through e-mail or Skype. At 5 when I came home usually my husband is waiting for me and we go for a two mile run. After I use the stove which cooks food by using electricity to heat pots or pans on the top of the stove or elements in the oven of the stove. This may not really represent our popular culture right now, since many people prefer to eat in restaurants, but we prefer to cook our own food since it healthier that way. That is pretty much what our days are like in the year 2012. We use a lot of technology, but family time and interaction with each are still the strengths of my day. We enjoy devices like cars, GPS, and dishwashers, refrigerators, air condition, cell phones, Ipads, which makes our lives so much easier. Even though we have made much medical advancement, we still have not found cure for Cancer, but we had good news this week, it looks like a regular sports bra, but it’s meant to help women detect early signs of breast cancer. Lifeline Biotechnologies has developed the First Warning System, or a smart bra, after years of research. The concept is called “thermography,” which relies on precisely detecting heat or abnormal heat signatures from tumors versus normal tissue. ”Dr. Siavash Jabbari of Sharp Barnhart Cancer Center in Chula Vista, Calif., said the device...
A LIFE SITUATION
Peter has been HR Manager for 18years and vice president for 2 more years for Zyedego Corporation, a small company in New Orleans.
After hurricane Katrina employees had been working round the clock to get the company up and running
The company has been calling former employees to rehire them
Gwyn the current manger is planning to rehire Dana Gonzales but she’s pregnant. He is concerned for her safety coz of the rough condition of the workplace. Incase Dana is rehired Gwyn feels that her wages should be reduced by 25% - coz the entire group has exceeded their budget.
But Dana says that if she’s not rehired she’ll go to a competitor and the company should pay her severance of 2 weeks wages
Gwyn is also concerned that Dana may not be a full US citizen coz her documents appeated to be fake. The flood destroyed the original documents and although Gwyn has requested new ones Dana has been slow to provide them.
Hiring of track drivers
The company hires track drivers and routinely request for driving records as part of the pre employment process. Several have DWI (Driving under the Influence) records though all of them happened 5 years ago.
Gwyn has been hiring drivers with infractions including DWI to serve the number of drivers needed.
She wonders whether she is creating a potential risk for the company if any of them is involved in an accident that relates to a potential violation
Peter feels Gwyn needs guidance with hiring practices
... Universidad Metropolitana de Ciencias de la Educación.
Faculty of Philosophy and Education.
Lecture on British Culture and Civilization.
POPULARCULTURE: A REFLECTION OF HIGH CULTURE.
(By Leyla Oliveros Concha)
Most of the time, those who are involved in academic contexts, try to figure out or establish which elements “deserve” being members of this essential part of the society calledculture. You may think that it sounds completely normal, however, guess what? Houston, we have a problem. The problem is the fact that society tends to associate culture with concepts, such as fine arts, literature, classical music, philosophy, etc. All these are manifestations which belong to a subdivision of culture known as high culture. Nevertheless, what about other signs of culture, such as television, movies or magazines? Are they not cultural signs? To my mind, evidently they are. In fact, high and popularculture are closely related, due to the fact that nowadays, most of the manifestations of popularculture are originated in signs of high culture, certainly, the UK is not an exception. For that reason, through these lines I would like to prove my point by two examples (one from literature and the other from music) and finally, I will give you a...
Dadaism describes itself as 'anti-art', challenging notions of the sanctity of certain art forms. This deconstruction of what it means to be 'art' created a number of anarchic repurposed art installations, such as Marcel Duchamp's L.H.O.O.Q., which was a copy of the Mona Lisa with a moustache and chin-beard pencilled on. The painting seemed to represent the idea "What makes this art? What makes this not art?" and seemed to attack the notion that art exists independently as a sort of ethereal quality.
Dadaism's French and German roots lent itself to being particularly anti-war, in the wake of WW1, and particularly anti-beurgois, with themes of our society's trappings making us into monsters or debilitating our humanity. The movement was from the beginning assosciated with anarchist movements, and paralleled well with the anarchist movement's beliefs about the nature and structure of society- namely that our attempts at social order are a joke, and that people are inherently animals.
One particularly peculiar aspect of Dadaist art is its' use of nonaesthetic imagery- most art forms attempt to create a sense of pleasing aesthetics that entice the viewer to consider the work, but Dadaist art often uses jarring, juxtaposed, inaesthetic or "shock" art aspects to force the viewer into feeling a certain way, or change the viewer's perceptions. Collage was often used with success, as at the time newspaper images were omnipresent in...
...a t is PopularCulture?
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Before we consider in detail the different ways in which popularculture has been defined and analyzed, I want to outline some of the general features of the debate which the study of popularculture has generated. It is not my intention to pre-empt the specific findings and arguments which will be presented in the following chapters. Here I simply wish to map out the general conceptual landscape of popularculture. This is, in many ways, a daunting task. As Tony Bennett points out, 'as it stands, the concept of popularculture is virtually useless, a melting pot of confused and contradictory meanings capable of misdirecting inquiry up any number of theorrtical blind alleys'.' Part of the difficulty stems from the implied otherness which is always absendpresent when we use the term 'popularculture'. As we shall see in the chapters which follow, popularculture is always defined, implicitly or explicitly, in conuast to other conceptual categories: folk culture, mass culme, dominant culture, working-class culture, etc. A full definition must always take this into...
Under the concept of popularculture that is discussed in the texts of Martin & Nakayama, the populist is seen in forms of borrowing or mixing of other cultures. Popular is created and maintained not only through mass consumption, but by the active process of generating and circulating meanings and pleasures within a social group (2011, pg.202). It’s everywhere and it fills my life. Even though I was raised a certain way according to my parents culture and beliefs, but I was born in American Pop Culture. The popularculture in America is all about products and commodities, industry and imports, media and merchandising.
According to Martin and Nakayama, “Television serves as a cultural forum for discussing and working out our ideas on a variety of topics, including those that emerge from television programs” (2011, pg.204). Growing up my mom tried to cut out as much of what she considers pop culture as she could. I wasn’t allowed to watch anything secular on TV, the same with music. Now that I am older I watch a lot of movies and shows that my mom refuses to watch. But never being exposed as a child to all the popular media trends actually did influence how I raise my son. I try to cut out as much violence and language as I can. My son is two and he is repeating and imitating...
...What is popular (low) culture? "Popularculture is a symbolic expression allegedly aligned with the questionable tastes of the "masses," who enjoy commercial "junk" circulated by the mass media, such as soap operas, rock music, talk radio, comic books, and monster truck pulls" (Campbell, 18). When looking at the high-low hierarchy it often determines the way people view culture as a whole today, saying highculture is good taste and low culture is questionable taste. Many audiences take for granted the world of high culture and fine art causing many young people to not know where a library or museum is located, which promotes people to overlook important information for a paper or research project on a certain topics. Now many tend to look to the Internet for their sources of academic information. In the world of postmodernism, or as scholars define, mixing generations by recycling old media in new ways, the internet and emerging technology enables accessing information much easier, but it takes away from face to face communication. This newly defined technology or postmodernism is cheapening forms of public life such as email, libraries, and public communication. But, when looking at pop culture, countless people encounter it with a short life span, distracting them from what true meanings are, and exploiting aspects and understandings of what...
“Popularculture is the entirety of ideas, perspectives, attitudes, memes, images, and other phenomena that are within the mainstream of a given culture, especially western culture of the early to mid 20th century and the emerging global mainstream of the late 20th and early 21st century.”(“PopularCulture.” Def. Wikipedia ) Today, people of all ages are consumers of popularculture. Popularculture is often misunderstood as “pop culture” or “low culture.” However, I believe that popularculture is a set of symbols of expression that gains popularity among the masses, which may or may not appeal to its audience, which is now synonymous to commercial culture. It is a culture which originates from the people. Popularculture is a quantitative aspect. It is focused on the taste of the masses. Popularculture consists of a wide variety of consumer goods which are readily accepted by the people.
The term “popularculture” was coined in the 19th century. Right from its advent, popularculture has denoted entertainment and trends of the lower class of people. It has always struggled to make a...
In our civilization today, people seem to obsess over certain values that our society proceeds to the people that they need to consume by using advertisements through television, radio, magazines etc. These promotions of the latest trends such as fashion and technology, installs to the people’s head that we need to obtain these values to “fit in”. Also, the worlds “super stars” are heavily looked up to in our society. They create and image for himself or herself that the people seem to follow, for example everyone wanted to be like Mike in the Jordan era. These “super stars” are exploited to the people everyday and they may have an impact in others image such as, the way people dress and act. This act upon society can be defined as popularculture. Popularculture is dangerous for humanity because it is control within the society, “what we see is what we do”, consequently, in todays world all these advertisement that are exposed everyday are filled with violent acts, sex, drugs, money, and the use of alcohol; with all these negative attributes being promoted to into popularculture, it could potentially corrupt the minds of the youth making them to believe that these things are “cool” or “its the thing to do”.
Taking a look at society today, there is a noticeable and drastic change with popular...