Common Culture

Common Culture : Reading and Writing About American Popular Culture

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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 more

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  • Paperback | 656 pages
  • 152.4 x 226.06 x 25.4mm | 793.78g
  • Pearson Education Limited
  • Prentice-Hall
  • Harlow, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Revised
  • 5th Revised edition
  • 0132202670
  • 9780132202671

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 Breton 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 Modeshow more