J 201 Lecture Notes - Lecture 13: Olympus Has Fallen, White House Down

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JOURNALISM-J201 Lecture 13 Notes
Pop Culture
Disaster Movies
2013
Movies about presidential disasters in washington
Example: White House Down vs. Olympus Has Fallen
For the culture industries, all that matters is that:
You continue to consume
1997
Two volcano movies
1998
Two asteroid movies
All that matters is that you continue to consume
Repetition
Sameness
Consumption
How does hollywood keep us consuming?
Using proven strategies
Blockbuster = Jaws
Blockbuster means waiting in line around the block and “busted” it
Become media events
Example: 2015 Comic Con Star Wars event, haven't seen the film but
really have seen it
Hegemonies use repetition to wear us down
Getting worn down
Repetition
Guardians of the Galaxy roller coaster
Tie in’s
Toys
Multiple Platforms
Cartoon Guardians of the Galaxy on Disney XD
Example: Summer blockbuster running from the explosion
Culture industries overwhelm us with sameness and repetition
Example:
Films perceiving as universe instead of just movies
Paratexts
Texts that prepare us for other texts
Gets us excited, gets us thinking about them
Stingers
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