SOC 202 Lecture Notes - Spider Web, Tim Hortons, Occupy Movement

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30 Jan 2013
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SOC202-POP CULTURE-
Monday. January 21.2013
Week 2 General Themes
Chpt.1
What is POPULAR CULTURE?
It is hard to pin down as it is always changing shape, location, and tasks/function
Consist of products, texts and traditional, common practices, beliefs & ways of
life
Informed by both commercial & high culture perspectives; the tension btwn. The
two are fundamental to pop culture
Depends on what resources you have; relationship of power
CULTURE~ traditions passed down from generation
1) Capital “C” culture
- What isn’t accessible to mass audience or ppl. of a lower class(income/wealth)
- Based on the distant past; traditions that have been followed for generations
- Cant be represented by what we do in the present
- Based on what we usually think of as high end creative production
- Elite grp. ; small in #
Examples:
~ Attending Opera / going to theater
B/c it’s expensive
Going to watch Shakespeare in Strafford
~ Golfing
o B/c equipment is expensive
o Membership at private facility
o Who can take day off to go? time needed ppl. w/ financial will can
~ Attending art gallery / museum
See exhibit at local museum instead of going to Europe; Paris
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CULTURE~ traditions passed down from generation
2) Way of Life
~ Everyday events, practices, rituals; what ppl do everyday
Examples:
o Drinking coffee –Starbucks / Tim Horton’s / Second cup / Timothy’s
o Smart phones dependency of cell phone texting
o Social media FB, twitter,
o Getting dressed what to wear?
o Way of transportation car/ttc/GO transit
Combination of Capital “C” culture & Way of Life
-> Winterliciouse & Summerliciuose
: High-end restaurants in Toronto, drop price $ on their “fine” cuisine for more ppl.
To try the food
-Those cant afford or think; now feel that its open to me now b/c price are more
manageable
-Everyday life eating on daily basis
-Capital “C” culture fine dining
Mass media as a corrupting force
-These 2 ways (capital “C” Culture & way of life) didn’t include mass media
MASS MEDIA~ “include any medium designed to communicate messages to a mass
audience”
-Takes away authentic culture
-Serve mass audience
-Goal is to make $$$; selling through advertising
-Corrupting force b/c pure culture is not about making money but tradition
It taints” away true promise/spirit of culture
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POPULAR
1) QUANTITY
-Size, #’s, ratings,
-Box office= how much $ the top movie made
-Popular is considered of quality (how many views & $ earned)
-Quantity can destroy what popular is actually based on
Measure of the value for $
-# of tickets sold at movies; large # of ppl.
-Valuable if a lot of ppl go to see b/c a lot of ppl watch; therefore pop
-Markets and ppl decide
-Marketing & the reach to audience help to decide what is “popular”
EXAMPLE:
o Forbes mag. A list f top celeb in Hollywood; based on movie in and how much $
they paid for role
-2009/2010; Shia labeouf
-Transformer series; Indiana jones
-2011; Kristen Stewart
-Twilight
-2012;natilie Portman
-Black swan
>To think about what is the pop. ?
>How do we know these ppl?
>Where do we access their lives/bio?
EXAMPLE:
Ratings on pop programs on Cdn. TV.
-Top 10 Shows
Most on CTV; have programs and making most $
Start time: during ‘prime time” 8-11 pm
A lot on Tuesday
Genres; ppl. Like to watch drama
Origin; the USA
* By looking at quantity decide what ppl “want”
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