Welcome to Pop Culture 2! Whether you're officially registered or just checking out the site, you're now part of the class! You'll soon think more deeply about everything that was once "obvious" or "common sense." Then, after your childhood innocence is shattered, you'll be more critically reflective about media representations and everyday practices. By the end, you'll be engaging with popular culture more deeply than ever.
Building on the readings and discussions from this section of the course, students will critically assess a popular song, artist, or series of songs/albums. Students will develop a thesis, suggest an appropriate use of at least one of the assigned readings for understanding the text(s) in question, and provide a bibliography of no less than 3 additional academic sources to support their claims. When forming a thesis, students may wish to consider one or more of the following questions: Does the song/artist help support or negate the claims made by Adorno or other theorists? How can listeners better understand the structure(s) of this music? Where does power exist within this music and how can we critically interpret it? What makes this music “good” or “bad” and how can we justify such claims?
There will be some linked readings, but these are the two books you should have: