Common Culture

Common Culture : Reading and Writing about American Popular Culture

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For freshman composition courses.From Barbie to the Internet, the Simpsons to the malls, this engaging text on pop culture helps students develop critical and analytical skills and write clear prose while reading, thinking, and writing about subjects they find inherently interesting. Spanning a full range of topics, it provides key reading and writing strategies, and contains essays addressing a topic generally and then explores related material in depth. In addition to the readings, each section begins with a catchy cultural artifact that leads students into a detailed introduction, discussion questions, essay topics, and suggestions for further reading and research.
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  • Paperback | 642 pages
  • 149.86 x 226.06 x 33.02mm | 771.1g
  • Pearson
  • United States
  • 3rd edition
  • 0130850985
  • 9780130850980

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(NOTE: Each chapter concludes with Additional Suggestions for Writing About... and Internet Activities.)1. Reading and Writing about American Popular Culture. What Is Popular Culture?Why Study Popular Culture?Active Reading.Strategies for Active Reading. An Active Reading Casebook: Three Selections about Barbie. Barbie's Shoes, Hilary Tham. The Indignation of Barbie, John Leo. 'Seen through Rose-Tinted Glasses': The Barbie Doll in American Society, Marilyn Ferris Motz.The Writing Process.Prewriting. Drafting. Distancing. Revising. Revision Checklist. Sample Student Essay: Role-Model Barbie: Now and Forever? Carolyn Muhlstein.2. Advertising.Approaches to Advertising.In the Shadow of the Image, Stuart and Elizabeth Ewen. Masters of Desire, Jack Solomon. Advertising's Fifteen Basic Appeals, Jib Fowles. Minority Presence and Portrayal in Mainstream Magazine Advertising: An Update, Laurence Bowen and Jill Schmid. What's Wrong with Advertising? David Ogilvy.Images of Women and Men in Advertising.Media Mirrors, Carol Moog. A Gentleman and a Consumer, Diane Barthel. Getting Dirty, Mark Crispin Miller. Sex, Lies, and Advertising, Gloria Steinem.3. Television.The Cultural Influences of Television.Spudding Out, Barbara Ehrenreich. Television and Cultural Behavior, Conrad P. Kottak. Life According to TV, Harry Waters. Common Contemporary Themes, Paul Monaco.The Talk Show.Do Ask, Do Tell, Joshua Gamson. The Talk Show's Lost Potential, Robin Andersen.The Soap Opera.Soaps Day and Night, Ronald Berman. Soap Opera, Melodrama, and Women's Anger, Tania Modleski.4. Popular Music.Rock and Rap: Musical Controversies.Music, Allan Bloom. Rock and Sexuality, Simon Frith. The Rap on Rap, David Samuels. Hip-Hop Nation: There's More to Rap Than Just Rhythms and Rhymes, Melissa August Leslie Everton Brice, Laird Harrison, Todd Murphy, and David E. Thigpen. All the Rage, Michael Crowley.Popular Music's Influence on Lifestyle.Popular Music: Emotional Use and Management, Alan Wells. Punks in L.A.: It's Kiss or Kill, Jon Lewis. Crossing Pop Lines: Attention to Latinos Is Overdue, but Sometimes Off-Target, Alisa Valdes-Rodriguez. Dreaming America, Danyel Smith.5. Cyberculture.Life on the Internet.Digital Soup, Jessica Heland. Flamers: Cranks, Fetishists and Monomaniacs, Gary Chapman. Free Speech for the Net: A Panel of Federal Judges Overturns the Communications Decency Act, Joshua Quittner. Cyberpunk-Subculture or Mainstream? McKenzie Wark.Virtual Communities.Cyberhood vs. Neighborhood, John Perry Barlow. Virtuality and Its Discontents, Sherry Turkle. Black Struggles in Cyberspace: Cyber Segregation and Cyber-Nazis, Colin Beckles. We Are Geeks, and We Are Not Guys: The Systers Mailing List, L. Jean Camp. On the Mailing List Systers, Anita Borg.6. Sports.The Role of Sports in America.So Much of the Joy Is Gone, Dick Schaap. Sport and the American Dream, Jeffrey Schrank. Jockpop: Popular Sports and Politics, James Combs. Why Men Fear Women's Teams, Kate Rounds.Analyzing Sports.Seven Points on the Game of Football, Arthur Asa Berger. Champion of the World, Maya Angelou. The Black and White Truth about Basketball, Jeff Greenfield. Alternative Masculinity and Its Effects on Gender Relations in the Subculture of Skateboarding, Becky Beal.7. Movies.Moviemaking and Criticism.The Way We Are, Sydney Pollack. Do the Right Thing Production Notes, Spike Lee. As the World Turns, David Denby. Film Criticism, Mark J. Schaefermeyer.The Horror Movie.Why We Crave Horror Movies, Stephen King. Monster Movies: A Sexual Theory, Walter Evans. Nightmare on Elm Street: A Review and a Cultural Analysis. Review of Nightmare on Elm Street 5, Stephen Hunter. Freddy Krueger Twisted Role Model? Douglas Heuck.8. Leisure.Theories of Leisure.The Cult of Busyness, Barbara Ehrenreich. Exercising the Brain, Jim Spring. Exiting the Squirrel Cage, Juliet Schor. The Problem of Leisure, Witold Rybczynski.Leisure Activities.Perils of the Princess: Gender and Genre in Video Games, Sharon R. Sherman. Eight Ways of Looking at an Amusement Park, Russel B. Nye. Mall Culture, Steven L. Shepherd. Risk, Paul Roberts.Additional Suggestions for Writing about Leisure.Internet Activities.For Further Reading: A Common Culture Bibliography.Acknowledgments.Index by Rhetorical Mode.Index by Academic Discipline.Index by Author and Title.
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