Introduction to Popular Culture Studies


Posted by ADCDubb on November 24, 2015

Sometimes I feel as though I think of advertising in a different way than others, or I just have not had anyone see it like I do. I really believe that everything is advertising, just like everyone is their on public relations director. I think that everyone is their own PR director, because just like for a business, those directors make sure to communicate and depict the image the company wants the world to see. As individuals we do the same thing, we advertise and communicate to the world, what we want them to see. Yes some people can see through that, just like some people can see through the propaganda and advertisement that companies give off. Well back to me saying that everything is an advertisement. Everything really is. I believe that companies know to not always just come out and say “hey spend your money on my service or product!” They know to just put the image out there to make you think about it. We are walking advertisements really, for example Jordans. Michael Jordan and his team knows that if he gets a certain person to buy and wear his shoe he will have more people doing the same thing because, like we said so many times in this class they we, as people, want to always be included. So the person sitting in your college algebra class wearing a nice pair of sneakers just advertised to you that you should think about buying a pair.

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Posted by ADCDubb on November 23, 2015

When I seen Forensics in the title, I clicked it because I automatically thought shows like Criminal Minds and Rosewood. People participate and engage in these shows because they feel like they are apart of the show and helping solve the cases just like characters. What I got out of the article was that media’s main focus should be that they want their media to be drillable and not just spreadable. Yes, its great that you were able to reach millions of viewers, but it does not really matter if those millions of viewers do not stay active in participation and continue to engage.

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Fall Break

Posted by ADCDubb on November 23, 2015

I have actually liked this class, if I sit down and analyze the class. I got to take a deeper look into what is going on with media and how everything works. I enjoyed learning about the different aspects in what drive people to engage in the media. Basically I learned that people want to be able to be involved in what is going on and know what everyone else is talking about. I also learned that different types of media draw people in and make them want to engage. For example people love a great mystery. They want to know what is going to happen next and why its happening. That is why those shows full of drama and mystery are so popular. My favorite part of the semester was when we got to watch the movie They Live. That movie showed me to how the government manipulates the public into believing what they want them to. It prove to me even more that the government has a major say so in what people consume. When you think that you’re the one in control into what you indulge in, no the government was the one that gave subtle hints into that’s what you’re supposed to think.

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The Brady Bunch

Posted by malloryfolz447 on November 23, 2015

When I was younger, and still to this day, my parents loved to sit me and my siblings down and have us watch shows from when they were growing up. These shows include Leave it to Beaver, The Andy Griffith Show, Gilligan’s Island, Bewitched, and, of course, The Brady Bunch. As a kid, I always complained about having to watch these shows because they weren’t in color or I wanted to be watching a show that I picked out (I was a great kid). Out of these shows, the one that I still see around in the media today, and the one that I will be writing about, is The Brady Bunch. For those of you who have never heard of The Brady Bunch, or have heard of it but are not familiar with the show, it is about a family and their maid, Alice. Here’s the story: a lovely lady had three very lovely girls. All of them had hair of gold, like their mother; the youngest one in curls. A man named Brady was busy with three boys of his own. They were four men living all together, yet they were all alone, until the one day when the lady met this fellow. They knew it was much more than a hunch that this group must somehow form a family. That’s the way they all became The Brady Bunch. https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=NLGG5AWJf7M

One other fact about this show and how it relates to me is that Florence Henderson, the “lovely lady” or mother on the show, grew up in my hometown, Rockport, Indiana. If you look up “where is Florence Henderson from?” on google, you’ll probably see Dale, Indiana or even Owensboro, KY, but she is really from Rockport, and I went to school with her great nephews.

Going back to the show, The Brady Bunch aired in September of 1969 and ended in March of 1974. The producer, Sherwood Schwartz, got the idea for the show from as statistic in The Los Angeles Times that said “31% of marriages in the United States have a child or children from previous marriages” and the show’s original name was planned to be “Mine and Yours.” The show had 5 seasons and in 1988 had a reunion movie “A Very Brady Christmas”, as well as a few spinoff series such as The Brady Bunch Hour (1977) and The Bradys (1990). In 1995 and 1996 two parody movies were created based on the show, even including some original cast members of The Brady Bunch. You can still find reruns of the show on air today on CBS and the series is also on Hulu. Many of you, I’m sure, may have also seen the Snickers commercial with The Brady Bunch: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=rqbomTIWCZ8 The commercial includes the somewhat famous line “Marcia Marcia Marcia!” from the original show: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=-yZHveWFvqM

I think this show is appropriate to talk about in regards to what we’ve learned this semester because of all the things I just listed. The show aired in 1969, had spinoffs in 1977 and 1990, had parody movies in 1995 and 1996, and a commercial in 2015. It has been spreading since 1969, as well as has been presented in many different types of media. The show has changed to find success in different times, from a family friendly sitcom, to a variety show, to parody. The show discussed popular topics at the time, such as music, as well as some hush hush topics, such as divorce (Carol Brady was supposedly a divorcee on the show), and of course covered topics such as sibling rivalry, responsibility, and “heartbreak.” The Brady Bunch has been able to spread through age ranges as well, the original show being popular with older generations and the spinoffs and parodies being popular with slightly younger generations. The topic of nostalgia is very relevant with The Brady Bunch’s success after the show ended in 1974. CBS airs the show aiming to earn views with nostalgia and Snickers has done the same thing, advertising by pulling on the heartstrings of those who know and love The Brady Bunch. In my opinion, the success of The Brady Bunch is due to the fact that people at the time could relate to the issues being faced on the show, similar to why shows are successful today. If the show was being first aired in 2015, it would not be successful among all age ranges because teens would not be able to relate as well to the topics. However, since the show was aired in 1969, reruns can be successful today because of nostalgia, as well as kids being interested in (or forced to watch) shows that their parents grew up on.

The Snickers commercial amazes me because they made it look like the real actors and actresses from The Brady Bunch as they were in 1969-1974. While this is confusing and mind-blowing to me, it is a much more successful tactic than hiring actors and actresses to portray those characters. As we discussed in class, changing of actors/actresses often leads to upset fans. This does not mean that the Snickers commercial would not have been successful without the original characters. Most of the characters being older, and the original father on The Brady Bunch being dead, leaves obvious reasoning for why they wouldn’t use the original characters, so the fact that they created the commercial and did use the original actors/actresses is impressive and wins over the fans of the show. While the parody movies The Brady Bunch Movie (1995) and A Very Brady Sequel (1996) changed the actors/actresses, this is to be expected from a parody. Although, they did have 7 of the 9 original cast members make cameos in The Brady Bunch Movie.

If you look on Twitter, you can find that people are still tweeting about The Brady Bunch, whether it be stories about showing it to children or memories of when they watched it in the past. There are also quite a few fan pages run on Instagram for the show. This is cool to me because even though the show aired nearly 50 years ago, it is still being incorporated into popular media today.





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Posted by kierstinkirk23 on November 23, 2015

Well as our time comes to an end, I can say the conclusion of the book did what it’s supposed to do and tied everything we talked about in class together. This book definitely was a hard read but the points I did understand and though on will stay with me. I really enjoyed learning about how media truly spreads and what it can do for networks, upcoming artists, and movies. This book completely changed the way I thought about pop culture and was honestly not what I expected.

This class was definitely interesting, not only because of our professor being on a webcam but because of the clips and movies we watched and all the topics discussed. It was definitely a class I would recommend to people!

(makeup post for November 11th)

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The Swedish Model

Posted by kierstinkirk23 on November 23, 2015

After reading “The Swedish Model” article I can say I was surprised. I never would of thought of Sweden as having the world’s biggest music selling scenes. They are kind of hardcore too. One quote that stood out to me was, “These entrepreneurs have taken to heart that if their music doesn’t spread, it may as well be dead. The logic goes like this: We are small and have minimal budgets. There are few mainstream venues that will promote our music, so few people will have the opportunity to hear it through mass media. The more people who hear it, the larger the audience will become.” But when you think about it, that’s a really smart way of thinking. Mass media spreading is probably really important to these people because that’s how they get their music out. Throughout this whole class we have been talking about how upcoming artists make it big through youtube and putting their names out there and we make it seem like it’s easy to do. But then I think about these people who basically depend on mass media to get their material out there and that’s just crazy.

(makeup post for November 2nd)

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Laughed At On the Internet

Posted by kierstinkirk23 on November 23, 2015

After reading this article, I was quite sad. One thing I absolutely hate is people feeling bad about themselves. No one should have to feel that way. I think it takes a lot of courage to put a video of yourself on the internet, no matter what you’re doing in the video, and being torn down for it and made fun of is awful.

This article also made me think about this episode of Tosh.O that I watched. There was a girl who was a ventriloquist, and there was a video of her during a performance where she freaked out and got stage fright. I bet she caught a lot of crap for the video and was made fun of. But when they showed it on Tosh.O they brought her on the show, talked about it, had some crude humor in there that she laughed and played along with and then gave her a second chance to perform with her ventriloquist doll. I thought that was awesome, because not only did she get to redeem herself but she was also on a popular tv show which is cool itself. So even though there are mean people out there in the world, there is still some hope.

(makeup post for October 26th)

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Sex, Sex, and More Sex

Posted by kierstinkirk23 on November 23, 2015

So this a makeup post and in the syllabus it doesn’t really clarify what needs to be written about, but past posts from this date are all about sex so that’s what I’m writing about!

I think sex is something that needs to be learned about and talked about at a young age between kids and their parents, especially in today’s times. It’s so easy for today’s youth to get twisted and morphed ideas about sex from their peers, the internet, and other kinds of media. For some kids all they need to know about sex is at their fingertips and that’s honestly a scary thought. I think there’s a way to explain sex to younger kids while maintaining a sense of innocent at the same time and I just wish parents saw this. Which I know not being a parent this may be easy for me to say, but I don’t know I guess this is a topic I feel strongly about and wish parents did too. Which they may, but the parent I know don’t.

Anyways, instead of talking about the videos, because I couldn’t find them, I thought I’d go this route with the post.

(makeup post for October 21st)

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Soap Operas

Posted by kierstinkirk23 on November 23, 2015

I find it very interesting that this class focuses a great deal on Soap Operas. As I was reading “Growing Old Together: Following As the World Turns’ Tom Hughes Through the Years” the first thing that got me was how the show only aired for 30 minutes. For some reason that just seems so short, how could you possibly tell a story in that amount of time? Then it blew my mind when I read that this show has aired for freaking 50 years. Are you kidding me?? This show’s running time is longer than the number of years my dad has been living and that’s completely crazy to me. I absolutely hate soap operas (besides One Tree Hill, some consider this a soap opera but I don’t) and I just can’t believe this one aired for so long. I can’t believe one character has been portrayed by thirteen actors. As I read the article I kept thinking about how crazy close this cast must have been. They worked together for years and some are still working together now. It just blows my mind that one show can survive that long.

(makeup post for October 19th)

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Hearing versus Listening

Posted by kierstinkirk23 on November 23, 2015

The part that stood out to me most in chapter four was the “Hearing versus Listening” section. I think what made me think the most was the quote added in there from Tim O’Reilly and John Battelle’s 2009 report. I liked how they said, “Our phones and cameras are being turned into eyes and ears for applications; motion and location sensors tell where we are, what we’re looking at, and how fast we’re moving.”

To be honest I stopped reading after this because I really got to thinking after reading this part. I have a digital advertising minor and when I read the quote so many ideas start running through my head. I think about how I could use the motion and location sensors to my advantage when advertising. If I knew what the consumers were looking at, I could use that to better sell items or ideas. I just thought that was really cool.

(makeup post for October 12th)

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