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Lecture 25

Political Science 2142A/B Lecture Notes - Lecture 25: Beavis And Butt-Head, James Van Der Beek, Cabbage Patch Kids


Department
Political Science
Course Code
Political Science 2142A/B
Professor
Alison Meek
Lecture
25

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LECTURE – CLINTON AND THE 1990s+
BEFOREHAND; REAGAN AND THE 1980s
oTeen movies
PRETTY IN PINK
John Hughes – hugely influential director
oTHE BREAKFAST CLUB
Molly Ringwald, Andrew McCarthy, John Cryer
Romeo and Juliet type of feel/two worlds collide
oYoung girl has to chose between the affections of her childhood
sweetheart and her other richer love interest
Girl – poor household, lost her mom, struggling to fit in, etc.
THE 1990s AND BILL CLINTON
o1990s – “the age of Clinton”
Bill Clinton – president from 1993-2001
Ran as a democrat
Lots of things happen in popular culture that made headlines
oOJ SIMPSON TRIAL
oOklahoma City bombing
oHarry Potter explosion
oTitanic – blockbuster hit
oNirvana – changing the face of grunge music
Served two terms, “bridge to the 21st century”
oProud of his record in office
Surplus in national budget after his presidency, booming economy, crime
rates fall, more people owning homes, fewer people on welfare, diversity
and tolerance was championed
o“peace and prosperity” – Americans taking this for granted
sharp contrast with the first 15 years of the 2000s
war, recession, 9/11
known as one of the first modern presidents to actually use and
manipulate popular culture to get votes
ofirst time running – borderline popular – wasn’t certain if he was
America’s favourite
month before the nomination, went on the Arsenio Hall show
and was incredibly charming
came off as this average man who was relatable and
overall a good guy
popularity spiked – 21% raise in ratings
remembered for the Monika Lewinsky scandal
osexual relations with Monika – intern at the White House
oBill Clinton was already being investigated for sexual harassment
charges
Very much a he-said-she-said case
oMonika comes in – originally she would deny anything happened
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Linda Tripp – befriended Monika, recorded a conversation
with Monika where she actually admitted that she was
sleeping with the president
“not so much intercourse, but there was oral sex
involved”
oFBI comes in and ambushes her at the local mall
Evidence that Bill Clinton had a pattern of infidelity
oLead to the impeachment process and a 21day trial, later acquitted
Second president to be impeached – Andrew Johnson
Lots of good, but also remembered for scandals
o21ST CENTURY PRESIDENTS
GEORGE W BUSH
Narrowly won the vote in 2000 – democrat Al Gore was the favourite
Led the response to the 9/11 attacks, initiated the Iraq war
BARACK OBAMA
First African American president to be elected in the United States
Current president
Born in Honolulu, Hawaii
Early opponent for the Iraq war
o“I’m not opposed to all wars; I’m opposed to dumb wars”
second term – January 21st, 2013
ocalled the nation to address issues on health care, marriage
equality, etc.
Sandy Hook, Boston Marathon, death of Trayvon Martin, gun control
2 major supreme court wins in 2015 – affordable care act and marriage
equality act
oJUNE 26, 2015 – marriage equality the law of the land
The first president to publicly voice his support for gay marriage
POP CULTURE IN THE 90s – “trash TV”
oREALITY TV
Television about unscripted, real-life situations
Candid Camera – prank show, started as early as 1948
oFilming reality situations was nothing novel
Real World, Survivor, John and Kate Plus 8, Keeping Up with the Kardashians
“not actually real” – intended to humiliate or exploit participants, make stars out of
people who aren’t worthy of it
Kardashians
Vulgar TV shows, promotes materialism
Not all shows were seen in a negative light
AMERICAN IDOL, 2002
oBritish show – based off of
oOne of the most successful shows on American television
oKelly Clarkson – first winner
Trash TV
JERRY SPRINGER 1991 - PRESENT
oBorn in London, England in a bomb shelter in WW2
Family was Jewish refugees
Grandparents died in the Holocaust
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January 1949 – emigrated to the US
oFormer democratic mayor of Cincinnati, Ohio
oJerry Springer show – household name
By 1998, the Jerry Springer show had a higher rating that
Oprah
Geraldo – 1987-1998
DAWN OF FAKE TV NEWS SHOWS
The Daily Show, 1996
oDrawing comedy and satire form recent news stories
The Colbert Report, 2005
oVIDEO CULTURE
POKEMON
Began in 1995 as a pair of video games for the original game boy
oPublished by Nintendo
oHuge franchise – trading cards, movies, games, TV shows, etc.
oSecond biggest video franchise in the world (Mario #1)
o$5-BILLION-dollar brand
TAMAGOTCHIS
Hand held digital pet, huge novelty toy
Created in Japan, Bandai
ATARI
Video game consoles
Original game console – 1972 by Nolan Bushnell and Ted Dabney
NINTENDO
Released October 18th, 1985
oNES system
GAME BOY – handheld gaming device in 1989, shortly released
internationally later
XBOX – next evolution
Debut in 2001
PLAY STATION – 1994/5
Changed the way that kids, teens, and adults spent their free time
Criticism of the day – people would rather stay at home and play games
on their consoles than go outside
oSPORTS
TIGER WOODS
American Professional Golfers – one of the most successful golfers of all
time, one of the highest paid athletes of all time
oWon his first title (Masters) in 1997
$486k win
also faced infidelity scandals
BASEBALL SCANDALS
William Roger Clements – “the Rocket”
oOne of the most dominant pitchers in MLB history
oAlleged by the Mitchell report to have used anabolic steroids during
his career
George Mitchell – US senator, looked at the problems of
drug use in sports
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