POPC 1650: Summer 2017
Dr. Coletta ' ' 1
Research Paper: Mass Media Icons
Mass Media 8: Culture lcOns
For the first research essay assignment ofthe semester, students are asked to write a
biographical research and analysis paper. You will be provided with
Week 1: Chapter 2: Classicism: The Greek Legacy.
Outsides sources are not permitted for assignments.
Assignments are an exercise in critical thinking. The goal is for you to make insightful observations and
connections about and between cultures, as well
Differences between a Description and an Analysis
1. A description states factual information. It may answer journalistic questions of who did what,
when something happened, and where something took place. However, a description does not
Internet: Began as a military communications network in the 1960s, but became
prominent with the public in the 1990s. Allows immediate two-way communication and
ARPAnet: The original name for the internet and was original nickn
Book Vocabulary Terms
o Generally pushed the plan of the particular political group that subsidized the
o Lead to editorial pages
o Served business leaders, who were interested in economic issues.
o Lead to the bus
Penny Arcade: Started in the 1880s and was the seed for the modern entertainment
Pinball Machine: The most prominent of the mechanical games.
Arcades: These establishments father multiple coin-operated games together and can be
thought of as a
o This is what paper was derived from
o Made from plant reeds found along the Nile River
o Rolled these into scrolls
o Treated animal skin
o Replaced papyrus in Europe
Less expensive becau
o The purchase of spaces for particular goods to appear in a TV show, movie, or
o Individuals who purchased space in newspapers and sold it to various merchants.
o Coined i
Radio Act of 1912:
Radio Corporation of America (RCA):
Radio Act of 1927:
Federal Radio Commission (FRC
Telegraph: The precursor of radio technology invented in the 1840s.
Morse Code: Invented by Samuel Morse as the first practical system, sending electric
impulses from a transmitter through a cable to a reception point. It is a series of dots and
Celluloid: Hannibal Goodwin improved Eastmans rolls film by using thin strips of
transparent, pliable material.
Kinetograph: The early movie camera
Kinetoscope: The single-person viewing system
Vitascope: Edison patented several inventions and manufactur
o The process of gathering information and making narrative reports edited by
individuals for news organizations that offer selected frames of reference;
within those frames, news helps the public makes sense of important events,
Communication: The creation and use symbol systems that convey information and
Culture: The symbols of expression that individuals, groups, and societies use to make
sense of daily life and to articulate their values.
Mass Media: Cultural industr
Analog: The FCC adopted this as the standard for all US TV sets.
Digital: This replaced analog in 2009. It translates TV images and sounds in binary
codes (ones and zeros like computers use) and allow for increased channel capacity and
improved image qua
o Broad collections to articles, stories, and advertisements appearing in nondaily
periodicals that are published in the smaller tabloid style rather than the larger
broadsheet newspaper style.
o Were originally storehouses of writing and repor
Pop Culture 2900
Dr. Charles Coletta
Wednesday, March 01, 2017
Tyler Perry Upcoming
Tyler Perry, the playwright and actor, came from a humble background to become the
most powerful black screenwriter, producer, director, ac
Pop Culture 2900
29 April 2017
Willard Carroll "Will" Smith, Jr. was born on September 25, 1968. Smith is an actor,
comedian, and producer, as well as, a former rapper and songwriter. Smith enjoys his success
22 November 2013
The Gender Role Lover, Better Known As, Disney
The Walt Disney Company is a multi billion dollar industry known all over the world.
Founded in 1923 by Walt Disney, the company soared beyond expectati
25 October 2013
Disney movies, merchandise, and amusement parks promote gender rolls
and the status quo. Disney makes movies all about princesses finding there princes
but how does this shape a young girls mind? I
Gender roles are present in our everyday lives. When watching television, and
reading books or magazines we are subjected to advertisements. These advertisements
are usually full of gender role enforcements. When advertising kitche
6 December 2013
Stand Up Paper
I watched a stand up comedy video on YouTube that was about gender roles.
The comedians acted as though they had switched roles. The man acted as if he was
the women in the relationship and t
August 24, 2016
Why Study Pop Culture
Popular culture consists of things that have not been canonized yet
the devils greatest trick was convincing the world he doesnt exist (old)
popular cultures greatest trick was convincing the world it doesnt matter
September 7 2016
Marxism and political economy
base and superstructure model
-base: foundation of society (making of things)
-reproduces itself materially (economics)
-superstructure: political and ideological institutions
-social relations out
August 29, 2016
Intro to semiotics
Semiotics: study of signs
Ferdinand de Sassure
Langue: overall system or structure of a language (rules)
Parole: actual manifestation of the language
Mental concept = signified (the word dog)
Material sound/image = sig
Below is a list of 50 individuals who have had a profound impact both American culture and its media.
Your assignment is to choose one of them as the topic for your POPC 1650 research essay. You are not
limited to only those people listed here. If you cho
those who study folklore
A whole way of life and the human expressions of individuals in a particular culture.
a whole way of life, those aspects of society that are learned and aquired by its members
A whole way of life
Jazz music has its base in what?
to perform music that is made up/created at the moment
What is the city that is considered to be the origin of jazz?
What makes Congo Square so important?
during the era of s