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6 July 2010 Comm 123 21:24 What is Pop Culture? Why Study it? Alternately demonized and applauded Culture according to Matthew Arnold 1822-1888 English critic and Poet Riccio: 19 th  century definition of “culture”? “Genuine culture, Arnold ad asserted, ‘does not try to teach down to the level of inferior  classes. It was, quite simply, “the best that has been thought and known’ (Arnold, 70).”- Riccio, 8 1930s Mass Culture Critique (Frankfurt School) Hitler, Nazism, European Fascism + New Media Orson Welles 1938 ‘War of the Worlds’ broadcast Lowenthal, Benjamin, MacDonald Postmodernism no longer a distinction between high and low culture (Gans, Fiske,  Baudrillard) Readings Storey, J. (1998). “Cultural Theory and Popular Culture: A Reader.” Raymond Williams: “one of the two or three most comp *get rest of notes here Popular Culture must be framed in terms of Raymond Williams early definition of culture:
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A way of life The canon; the texts Ideology (adds polished structure to pop culture, adds politics) Turner: “the most important conceptual category in cultural studies” 1. Professional ideology 2. Concealment or distortion of power relations Marxist term: “false consciousness” 3. Ideological forms TV, music, films, novels present an image of the world This definition based in conflict theory All texts are political Other interpretations (Althusser, Bartes, Gramsci) Louis Althusser French Marxist; influential 1970s, 1980s Ideology grounded not just in ideas, but in practices Examples: Christmas or July 4
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