Introduction to Popular Culture Studies

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Value is a Hard Thing to Comprehend

Posted by benjaminnally211 on February 28, 2014

I’m sorry for being absent from class yesterday; it wasn’t until this morning that I realized I forgot to post my second blog entry for the week.  

The concept of value is something especially unique to all of us.  It is a concept with many categories, and it can occupy more than one category depending on how important the artifact is to a person.  I enjoyed how the idea of non-material objects could be considered valuable and how they can be collected.  This idea of collecting things that aren’t physical required me to think a lot because I consider myself the exact opposite of a hoarder.  I despise clutter, so I sometimes throw things away I later end up needing. I don’t keep papers or pictures in a physical form, but if they are deemed important enough, I will save them digitally.  

I have tons of pictures and past assignments I have done in school because I use them as reference for schoolwork now.  I keep pictures from all of my vacations because I don’t buy souvenirs (I think they are a waste of money) and pictures are totally free.  

As far as things I put a nostalgic value on are my diploma from high school and my Eagle Scout certificate.  I have a lot of great memories from my years in scouting and high school, so these two things have a special place in my heart.  I think my idea of what is considered valuable is spot on, but this is because these things have significance to my life.  They wouldn’t be as valuable to my second cousin because these accomplishments don’t apply to her.  

A wise man once said, “What is one’s man trash is another man’s treasure.”


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Posted by kyndaleigh on February 27, 2014

I don’t think my post submitted earlier. If it did, and this is a repeat just ignore it. 

Everyone finds values in different things. This is what was brought to my attention during our lecture with professor Hovet. Many find value in things through sentiment or market value. When I addressed that status in my family, I realized that my family tends to focus on the sentimental value of items and how we collect them. When I was younger, I used to wonder why my dad had so many newspapers from all the way in the 80’s and earlier. But eventually it came to me why he collected all these papers. Each headline memorializes an important moment in my father’s life. After that, I started to do the same thing. Other than our vast collection of Derby Winning Headliners, I started to collect newspapers of important events that have happened in my life. I collected newspapers with headlines such as University of Kentucky wins the NCAA Championship to when my high school baseball team won the state tournament. Each newspaper is something important that has happened in my life that I would like to share with another generation as I grow older. They almost capture that moment in time to be relived in the future. It was initially our goal to frame these papers and put them up in the house, but over time they have been forced into the cedar chest to wait and be glorified again in future. 

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Dr. Hovet

Posted by 1lajarvis on February 27, 2014

Listening to Dr. Hovet speak in class Tuesday was very interesting. Being able to understand why place value in certain things is what Dr. Hovet wanted us to think about.
His first question asked “What is the largest collection you have?” & as I asked myself that question a lot came to mind- ranging from clothes to shoes and even music. He sort of had me puzzled for a second because I had to to think about which collection was bigger and interesting to put down.
He then asked “What is the most valuable thing that you own?”
and I immediately thought about my iPhone, and as Dr. Hovet began to speak on value it made think that my iPhone really holds a sentimental value which is crazy.
This pop culture 201 course really makes you think about a lot in regards to media and the effects it has on your everyday life

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Posted by brittanyberry795 on February 27, 2014

Having Dr. Hovet as a guest speaker really opened up a new perspective on the reading. it was interesting to see how interchangeable value is. how something i once thought to mainly have the purpose of practical use one period in my life then make its way to having a sentimental purpose. while listening to Dr. Hovet i began to think about the meaning of value and how to define it, and i really cant come up with a definition that applies to all types of value, (market,sentimental, nostalgic, practical use, and entertainment.)\




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Chapter 2.2 WWE Madness, Man!

Posted by cheyennedouglas on February 27, 2014

I swear this books just gets better and better as I read on (absolutely no sarcasm intended!). Learning about the residual culture and “retro” material had me thinking about who really values value more and who is just in it for the money. Obviously the answer to my questions are obvious but this book puts it deeper than that. A perfect example that had it’s own huge section in the book was the WWE business and how it got started and grew into what we know of it now. I was stunted to find out that the business was essentially created by fans who lived off these town-to-town shows and blogged/ video-commented on their favorite wrestler or the performance altogether. The fans took over the internet and wanted this to be as free and accessible to any other fan who valued these matches just as much as they did. If the fans are happy everyone is happy, right? WRONG! The worst part for me was seeing how the wrestling promoters saw how effective these free sites were to the fans and kind of jacked their style to make a profit off of it. But, nonetheless, these promoters are trying to do whatever was “best” for their fans and especially themselves. All I’m saying is if these companies listened and actually paid attention to their fans then they can learn a lot from them and accomplish whatever profit they’re trying to make. On another note too that wasn’t pointed out in the book was that I don’t think fans realize how much power they actually have. Instead of listening to these big companies and being pushed around they can take matters into their own hands and ultimately control the market economy.

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Comments on Hovet’s Lecture and more of Chapter 2

Posted by Sarah Alford on February 27, 2014

I enjoyed Dr. Hovet’s lecture, though discussing our answers to the questions he asked made me feel a little embarrassed. When he asked what our largest collection was, I immediately thought of my stuffed animal collection. But then he mentioned music files, and I realized, oh yeah, just because those aren’t something physical that I can hold my hand, it’s still a collection. Then he mentioned coins, and I was reminded of how briefly over the summer I had a large collection of those, since my brother decided, as a joke, to give me $50 in pennies for graduation, attached with the line “Since you’re so good at math, start counting. P.S. Here’s a car” [insert penny outline of a car]. I think I realized the other day that I’m a music hoarder, because I may go to the pirate bay looking for one song by an artist and wind up with R. Kelly’s entire discography. I’m never going to listen to all of that, but I still downloaded it, and I refuse to delete it, no matter that “Remix to Ignition” and the “Trapped in the Closet” series is really the only work I know by him.

Mainly, I was a little ashamed that the most valuable thing to me was my phone. Like I mentioned in class, I find it valuable because it keeps me connected to the people that I find valuable. But then again, some of my best friends live right down the street, and if I really wanted to talk to them, I could go knock on their door. And, I mean, my brother’s pretty valuable to me, but even though he’s a stocky young man, I can’t really sell him. Also, my phone is full of pictures, including funny photos I see on reddit or Twitter, helpful tips I snatch from Pinterest, and screenshots. My brother does this thing where if you ask him to take a picture, he takes about 30 of the exact same pose in rapid succession. Maybe it’s because my phone’s hard drive isn’t hurting for space, or I’m a hoarder of gigabytes, but I can’t ever bring myself to delete those photos, even though there are multiples of very similar pictures. I mean, memories are important, and since I tend to forget things that aren’t immediately pressing in my mind, like calculus I learned last semester and the names of people I went to high school with, I guess I like to look back and be reminded of things that have happened, especially when I go through the ups and downs of my relationships with my friends, and I look back on happier times.

That kind of brings me to my last point, and that is our obsession with the past. The book mentioned Volkswagen’s revival of the Beetle in 1998, but if you look at recent models of the car, it’s been designed to imitate some features of earlier models. Also, people, like my uncle and grandfather, have an obsession with Beetles of the 60s and 70s. But that’s mainly because even though my grandfather is 6’7″, he still fits in older ones. It also mentioned Scooby Doo, which my grandmother hates, but I love because dogs, and how its being revamped in new ways for younger generations, but they have to consider how older generations might view it. Like when they try to redo Teen Titans in that Teen Titans GO! mess, and it’s horrific, or the fact that they might make a new version of the Powerpuff Girls and people are in arms about it. We don’t like them to mess with our childhoods, because even if we’ve forgotten it for the most part and it’s not in the forefront of our minds, maybe we attach a certain stigma of coming home everyday after school and watching a show, or sitting in your hand-me-down airplane footie pajamas with a bowl of Frosted Flakes and spoon of peanut butter, basking in the glow of early Saturday morning cartoons. Whatever the reason, we get all nostalgic for the past, which drives up the value of certain things. Dr. Hovet mentioned that one project where they took cheap items, but attached a sentimental story to them and sold them for much more than the items were worth. We invest in the retro or vintage items because they can tell us the story, even if it’s just a fragment, of someone’s life, including our own.

(also, sorry for the lateness, but TWC is the worst).

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Opinion on the Lecture

Posted by marshalldm on February 27, 2014

I found the lecture to be quite informative and interesting. Throughout it, he really made us all think a lot about how we place values in things. I listened to my classmates talk about things that were important to them and compared them to what I find important. Honestly, it made me feel quite inconsiderate and materialistic. I don’t usually find things valuable, unless it’s some type of material. Mary Ann discussed how she found value in keys and I found this super interesting. I never thought something as simple as a key could mean so much to someone. It really made me reconsider what I find important in my life. While I was thinking about this all, I decided that I have a lot of value in pictures. I don’t like deleting pictures from my phone because they each hold a certain significance to me. I also thought about the things I collect more and remembered that I also collect movie stubs. I go to the movie theatre all of the time and I keep the stubs. Therefore, they have a personal value to me.

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Dr. Hovet & Youtube

Posted by muranfox on February 26, 2014

First of all, can we all just agree on how engaging Dr. Hovet was? Or like not agree, maybe it was just me, but I enjoyed it. Anyway, I thought it was interesting to think about how what we consider to have sentimental value at one point only had material value, and how all the values tend to flow together over time. I strive to place as little value on new items as much as possible, which has cost me a lot of cracked screens and dents. So it’s extremely interesting to think that the items I do place value on were at one time new. Also it was just beautiful getting to hear what people place value in, learning things like that is one of my favorite parts of the class.

As far as Youtube and downloading music goes, first of all you should all know that there’s a Youtube – MP3 converter that’s the most handy tool in the world. Just google it, either of the first couple links will work. Secondly, someone mentioned in class that maybe smaller artists did not mind the ripping as much as big name artists, because it could cause the spread of their music, but I think it’s the exact opposite. Big name artists are the artists I don’t feel the need to dish out money to. They have huge concerts with outlandishly expensive merchandise, they get paid to endorse other items, and people all over still buy their music. (I, as a broke college student, have no guilty conscience here. However, I will say that if you have the money, and it wouldn’t mean giving up a meal or something, just go ahead and buy the music. Just like if a street performer makes you stop, if at all possible, you owe him a buck.) Anyway, smaller artists are the artists I dish out money for. If I want their music, I buy it, and if it means I’d have to sacrifice a meal then I’ll just youtube them until I get the money to buy their music. Support the artists you love, and if you wouldn’t be devastated at the loss of an artist, then just download their music. Fair?

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Post for 2/27/2014

Posted by anthonybrickey446 on February 26, 2014

The most interesting part to me about the second half of chapter 2 is the discussion of Simon Reynolds’ argument that residual culture leads to “hyperstasis”. I disagree with this argument because I think that these residuals inspire new ideas through blending the culture of that time with the modern culture. When thinking of music I think of bands like The Rolling Stones that were trying to play blues and rock and roll but sort of did it wrong creating a unique sound, which may be because the culture they lived in allowed for a new interpretation of that music. Residual culture can almost be completely new to a modern culture that has been disconnected from it by time and that can inspires modern artists to create an original style that’s based on the residual.

So as a humans we are building culture and the bricks at the top will always be on the foundation of the bricks at the bottom. Which leads me into what professor Ford said during the discussion on Tuesday about History papers and citing the curators of the works. While it is important to credit the people who did the research or came up with original ideas that may have helped in another person’s argument, especially when the person to do the original work is trying to make a career out of it, it is also difficult in a lot of ways. I feel like throughout my time as a college student I’ve been having the idea driven into to my head that the work I do is inspired by and contributing to a larger body of knowledge and that it should be put out for other people to build upon or tear down. That is not to say that crediting people is unnecessary or particularly difficult (usually), but I think we may have a sort of responsibility to contribute whether or not we are credited by others because we are contributing to something bigger.

Furthermore, I think that there are further complications that stem from there not being any uniform or clear guidelines for citations from internet sources. For example I was recently writing a paper for a History class and I got some documents from a historical foundation’s website that posted some translated primary source documents. It was very difficult to figure out how to cite these considering they had an original author, a translator, and a curator. It took almost as much research into how to cite these sources as I put into my entire paper and I’m sure I didn’t give full credit to somebody somewhere.

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Posted by brittanyjade22 on February 26, 2014

I found Dr. Hovet’s lecture during Tuesday’s class really interesting. After reading the second chapter of the book and then going to class it really helped me put some of that information into real word scenarios. I liked how Dr. Hovet had us all write down what are largest collection is and then have us think about all the different kinds of values that it could fit under. My collection, as I mentioned a little bit in class, was a movie collection I started a long time ago. I never realized all the different kinds of values I could put on my collection. The most obvious is market value because having over two hundred movies means that over the years I’ve definitely spent hundreds of dollar’s on those movies.  It also has sentimental/nostalgic value because I started the collection with my dad when I was young and then over the past year I’ve started going to the flee market with my boyfriend where we look for older/harder to find movies. Finally, it has use value because it is a form of entertainment because I don’t just collect the movies and leave them in the package, I also watch them. In a way based on what we were told about the difference between a collector and a curator I guess I can technically call myself a curator. I have my movies on shelves in alphabetical order for both mine and my friends convenience because I also let my friends borrow some of my movies to watch so they can decide if it’s a movie they would like to get for themselves. Overall, it was just a interesting thing to talk/really think about and I enjoyed the class.

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