Write about the topics you love.
Signs of Life in the USA is all about interpreting and writing about pop culture today. This book will encourage you to think critically about the central issues influencing our culture, helping you explore the significance of our shared experiences through your own writing.
Table of Contents
INTRODUCTION: Popular Signs: Or, Everything You Always Knew about American Culture (but Nobody Asked)
SECTION 1: FOUNDATIONS
Chapter 1. American Paradox: Culture, Conflict, and Contradiction in the U.S.A.
Chapter 2. My Selfie, My Self: Identity and Ideology in the New Millennium
SECTION 2: EVERYDAY LIFE
Chapter 3. Consuming Passions: The Culture of American Consumption
Chapter 4. Brought to You B(u)y: The Signs of Advertising
Portfolio of Advertisements
Chapter 5. The Cloud: Semiotics and the New Media
SECTION 3: ENTERTAINMENT
Chapter 6. On the Air: Television and Cultural Forms
Chapter 7. The Hollywood Sign: The Culture of American Film
Chapter 8. Tangled Roots: The Cultural Politics of Popular Music