Reading Pop Culture
Second EditionJeff Ousborne©2016
Bring students’ worlds into the classroom with Reading Pop Culture: A Portable Anthology, a compact and affordable collection that encourages students to plug in to popular culture in order to become critical thinkers and writers. This edition features an expanded introduction and greater range of reading genres—from blog posts and infographics to academic essays—prompting students to read their diverse cultural experiences as topics of inquiry: How does advertising influence our consumer habits? What are the intersections of gender, race, and language in contemporary music? What effects has "prestige television" had on Hollywood? Reading Pop Culture’s thematic chapters and paired readings raise questions like these to get students writing. New readings feature fresh perspectives from emerging writers mixed with established authors and themes for critiquing pop culture. This volume in the popular Bedford/St. Martin's series of Portable Anthologies and Guides offers a combination of high quality content and great value.
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Table of Contents
RHETORICAL CONTENTSINTRODUCTIONCHAPTER 1, Consumption and Advertising: How Can We Become More Critical Consumers?Benjamin Barber, "Overselling Capitalism with Consumerism"William Lutz, "With These Words, I Can Sell You Anything"Roland Barthes, "Toys"*Soleil Ho, "Craving the Other" Virginia Postrel, "In Praise of Chain Stores"Bill Bryson, "The Hard Sell: Advertising in America"PAIRED READINGS: M(e)-commerce*Ellen Huet, "Snaps to Riches: The Rise of Snapchat Celebrities"*Chiara Atik, "Public Displays of Transaction" CHAPTER 2, Identity: Where Do We Discover Ourselves in Pop Culture?*Liz Armstrong, "An Argument for Being a Poser" Raquel Cepeda, “The N-Word Is Flourishing among Generation Hip Hop Latinos: Why Should We Care Now?”Hua Hsu, "The End of White America?"Malcolm Gladwell, "The Sports Taboo"*danah boyd, "Impression Management in a Networked Setting" PAIRED READINGS: It’s ComplicatedAriel Levy, "Women and the Rise of Raunch Culture"*Sonali Kohli, "Pop Culture’s Transgender Moment"CHAPTER 3, Technology: How Do New Devices and Apps Transform Experience? Nikil Saval, "Wall of Sound: The iPod has Changed the Way We Listen to Music"Neil Postman, "The Judgment of Thamus"Clay Shirky, "Gin, Television, and Social Surplus"*Jennifer Bleyer, "Love the One You’re Near" PAIRED READINGS: Clickbait*David Auerbach, "You Are What You Click" *Nathan Jurgenson, "The IRL Fetish"CHAPTER 4, Music: How Does Popular Music Reflect and Express Our Identities? *Pamela Hollander, "Elevate My Mind’: Identities for Women in Hip Hop Love Songs" * Will Wilkinson, "Country Music, Openness to Experience, and the Psychology of Culture War" *Lessley Anderson, "Seduced by ‘Perfect’ Pitch: How AutoTune Conquered Pop Music" *Tina Vasquez, "Riffs of Passage" PAIRED READINGS: Pop of Ages*Saul Austerlitz, "The Pernicious Rise of Poptimism" *Judy Berman, "Concerning the Spiritual in Indie Rock" CHAPTER 5, Television: Are We Living in a Golden Age of Television? Robert Kubey and Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, "Television Addiction Is No Mere Metaphor"*Roxane Gay, "Girls, Girls, Girls" *Paul A. Cantor, "The Apocalyptic Strain in Popular Culture: The American Nightmare Becomes the American Dream" *Ken Auletta, "Netflix and the Future of Television" PAIRED READINGS: Characters Wanted*David Charpentier, "Story or Spectacle? Why Television Is Better than the Movies" *Jake Flanagin, "Stay Unlikable—for the Good of TV" CHAPTER 6, Movies: Does the Big Screen Still Shape Our Dreams? Susan Sontag, "The Imagination of Disaster"*Willie Osterweil, "Hollywood’s Love Affair with Surveillance" *David Denby, "Has Hollywood Murdered the Movies?" *Content Marketing Association, "Seven Steps to the Perfect Story" (infographic)PAIRED READINGS: The Imitation GameLinda Seger, "Creating the Myth"*Philippa Gates, "The Asian Renovation of Biracial Buddy Action" CHAPTER 7, Immersive Media: Can We Get Lost—and Can We Be Found—in Media? *Vicessimus Knox, "On Novel Reading" *Robin Brenner, "Teen Literature and Fan Culture" *Frank Rose, "The Art of Immersion: Fear of Fiction"Chuck Klosterman, "My Zombie, Myself: Why Modern Life Feels Rather Undead"*Jacob Burak, "Escape from the Matrix"*Bo Moore, "Why Videogames Should Be Played with Friends, Not Online with Strangers" PAIRED READINGS: We Can Be HeroesGerard Jones, "Violent Media is Good for Kids"*Michael Chabon, "Secret Skin: An Essay in Unitard Theory"