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2P20 Lecture Summary.Week 2.pdf

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Communication Studies
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COMM 2P20
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Nick Baxter- Moore

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PCUL … 2P20 Lecture Summary Week 2 – September 19, 2012 Notices 1. Review & Unfinished Business  Review of last week’s lecture  Working definition of popular culture = “the communicative texts, practices and experiences of everyday life”  Other characteristics of popular culture: o Consists of both texts (artefacts) and practices/experiences – not just things we read, watch, listen, consume, but also things we do o Much popular culture is generic – i.e., operates according to recognizable formulas o Much popular culture is self-reflexive – i.e., it references other popular culture texts, practices or experiences Today’s Lecture: 2a. Intro to Theories of Mass Culture: The Politics of Popular Culture In his book, Politics and Popular Culture (1997), John Street identifies four political or ideological perspectives on popular culture, which can be summarized in the following diagram Our principal concern today is with the conservative elitist perspective represented by what Story calls “the culture and civilization tradition” in popular culture studies. But this tradition also shares certain assumptions with another approach, the radical elitists. Both conservative elitists & radical elitists are critical of popular culture, but differ with respect to:  their attitudes to social change and  the way they see the relationship between popular culture & social change Conservative elitists  want to preserve the existing social order  but see mass/popular culture as a threat to social order Radical elitists  want to change the existing social order (capitalism)  but see popular culture as propping up that social order 2b. Culture & Civilization tradition: key points:  Culture = “the be
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