Four Frameworks - The Four-Frameworks of Popular Culture...

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The Four-Frameworks of Popular Culture Popular culture is an entity that has been in existence since the pinnacle of Greek civilization. Plato first recalls the origins and the hazards caused by pop culture in Ion. Within Ion, Plato explains how popular culture will make the general population feel compelled to know more about specific jobs than the people who are experts in these jobs. One of the significant examples that he uses is how a painter should only be an expert in judging other painters. A painter has no real right to judge the idea or workings of a general because the painter does not possess the same combat experience the way the general may have. The basic concept presented in Ion concerning popular culture and how it could end up being the downfall of mankind is that people must have some sort of experience in order to judge the works of another. Every individual’s experience in life is different from the next. Because of the lack of identical experiences in society, people should not have the right to judge another’s work. Plato believed that experience is what gives people their own sense of individualism and their ability to succeed in life. Essentially, popular culture made Plato worry about whether or not people would be able to exist if they were constantly judging the works and lives of others, even though they may not have a full understanding of their own lives. Without experience, people are merely fools filled with knowledge, mimicking the actions of others. The idea of becoming a knowledgeable expert is attributed through understanding of the four part framework of popular culture. The four levels that make up the framework of popular culture include: mimetic, didactic, expressive, and objective. Mimetic action is the aspect of copying and imitating actions. This is what Plato is most afraid of in Ion and The Republic . Plato felt that mimetic actions would cause people to imitate the extremes of reality, which could either be a good thing or a bad thing. Mimetic actions tended to deal with the moralistic aspects of society, and whether or not mimicking something would or would not convey the moralistic attitudes of the time period. For example, one of the mimetic actions that spread during the early
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This note was uploaded on 11/21/2011 for the course ORGANIZATI 201 taught by Professor Pope during the Spring '11 term at Ashford University.

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