WKU POP 201

Introduction to Popular Culture Studies

Archive for April, 2016

February 24th

Posted by austinbeard1893 on April 30, 2016

Youtube for me is ironically something I’ve been looking into to to maybe start my own channel and seeing the article about the hybrid audiences of YouTube, engaged my interest greatly. Something I find fascinating about ways you can sell things (and you) online is that there are so many creative ways in which you can create content and assemble a mass group of online fans. Youtube has become a channel were homegrown media has started to become king and in the text it stated that Viacom claimed Youtube’s early success were due to the value of its copyrights- that its most popular videos were produced by large media companies. I can’t help but call bullshit on that.

Content that is developed by people like me and you has taken over youtube. CTFxC and Jenna Marbles are just a few examples of really talented people developing media with out big corporate help. I feel like this is the future for entrapeners of media and entertainment. If you are talented, you will garner viewers and followers and could eventually grow into having basically your own mini studio.

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April 4th: Joss Whedon, The Browncoats, and Dr. Horrible

Posted by Curly Fry on April 30, 2016

Again, this article really expressed the power fans really do have when it comes to keeping their favorite shows or productions alive. I think it was interesting that this article focused on “failing” shows to exemplify the power of fans; and I use “failing” loosely because I remember Buff the Vampire Slayer and Angel. Even though I wasn’t the biggest fan of Angel, I did like the former and thought the show had a pretty good following.

One thing I was wondering as I was reading, was how come these shows had a “following” but the ratings were so so. Like, if you liked the show so much, how come you didn’t watch it on TV? I know they said DVD sales were through the roof when it came to these shows, but I just don’t understand why–were the fans just lazy to not watch it on TV or is there only a small following but they’re buying multiple copies of these seasons. Even when they did the film and said the box office reports were decent, the DVD sales still were off the chart.

I know “viral marketing” is a very powerful thing, but I’m still just curious about how these shows still stayed afloat, long after they had been cancelled. I guess it just goes to show we the fans really do control this pop culture world. The fact still blows my mind. To think we can keep our favorite shows alive just by getting a group of us together and fighting against. AND the fact that fans sent Universal Studios a bill for their “advertising” or whatnot was hilarious to me. Like… that takes balls.

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april 6th

Posted by kayla shults on April 30, 2016

There are so many theories about who Tarzan’s parents are. One theory is that the Arrdenelle king and queen did not die in the wreck, but actually ended up on an island, had a son and then were killed by a leopard. Which means Anna and Elsa had a brother that was Tarzan. There is a whole website filled with other Disney fan theories. Kind of blows my mind how people can make connections like that. There are lots of movies I think that go through filters listed in this article; like how does Lego make almost super hero a Lego movie, than a video game, than lego figurines. My little brother is huge Lego fan and he keeps almost having the full Lego Stars Wars collection until they make set and come out with another video game or whatever. Just go to show how pop culture affects the littlest things like even Legos. Something I thought was cool that in the latest Lego movie everything in the movie could be made by real Legos in real life, and it even showed you what set you could get it from. Which is very smart because than Lego fans are influenced to go out buy the sets to make what they saw in the movie. And of course they also made a video game for that movie as well. Without fans of those movies they would not have been able to make all those Lego things. Fans run Pop culture than more than I ever imagined.

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March 16th: Crank Dat (Soulja Boy)

Posted by Curly Fry on April 30, 2016

I really liked this article because even though it was talking about a hit sound back in the 2000s, it’s still very relevant today. Songs like Hit the Quan and Watch Me basically do the same thing as Soulja Boy’s Crank Dat–explicitly teaching viewers how to do the moves with them all the while playing an appealing beat behind the instructions. This article also reminded me of another connection Soulja Boy has with today’s music, which is with artist Bryon Tiller. A rapper from Kentucky (whaddup!) who basically created a platinum album all by himself in Louisville.

These artists rap about our use their music to relate to fans and to promote where they are from, which in returns makes more people go out and buy or share or “endorse” them in every social media platform. It’s like free advertising. This also encourages other “indie” artists to launch their music, via online materials and whatnot, because they have seen that by doing that, they can “make it” too.

The article said that Soulja Boy sort of changed the pop music industry and I can agree with that. Nowadays, it’s easier for artists to put their music out there; I’m thinking more about Soundcloud but I know after a little publicity you can go on iTunes and Spotify. More and more indie artists are able to be discovered and more people are able to reach or create an audience for their music. This just shows the power of spreading media through social media and online.

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February 3rd

Posted by austinbeard1893 on April 30, 2016

As I read through this section of the book I couldn’t help but be very interested by the article about Participatory Culture. Whether we like it or not, there is something on the internet that will always seem to slip up behind us and insult us with nasty comments. This hideous degenerate creature is something that no longer lives in fairy tales but as made it’s way into the real world. You have Mountain Trolls, you have Cave Trolls and now you have Internet Trolls!  This article touched upon the culture of people being able to participate and be involved in things in the media and some people have taken this opportunity and ran with it. I’ve find it so upsetting when I go on youtube to watch a Marvel tailer or whatever and as soon as you scroll down to the comments section, you have people who will go out of their way to tear it down. Reading about 4Chan almost made me throw up in my mouth. Of course there would be a site dedicated to spawning these infuriating vermin.

Being a fan of The Dark Knight I never new about 4chan using the image of Ledgers Joker to cover the faces of famous politicians. It’s just another way in which trolls can cause trouble and chaos around the internet. So how are we going to stop these trolls from taking over the internet. Should we create a fellowship in which will maybe create some type of internet content that will stop these trolls once and for all? I sure hope so.

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March 2nd

Posted by austinbeard1893 on April 30, 2016

In a weird way, it kind of bums me out when someone doesn’t like something I don’t. I don’t know how many times it’s been where I’m like, “But no, you don’t understand…”, and I try my best to get them to like or maybe just appreciate the thing I love but I usually have no success. We all just have to except that not everyone is going to like everything, especially in the times that we live in. Back in the day when their were fewer selections of media, people relatively liked the same things.  Now a days there is so much content that you have many types of people who like many types of things and I think now you more of fandom culture. In the article Valuing Fans, it talked about how television viewing is consumed more now then it has ever been. The thing is their is so much content now, the experience of sharing what you like with other people, is more in groups or fan circles then the entire community, like it used to be back in the day. I think this is because we can decided what we want to watch for are selves instead of just having a few small things to watch. Which I think is awesome cause you can choose the type of entreatment which best fits you. Long are gone, the days where every night at 7, everyone could tune in and watch The Andy Griffth show or whatever. Now are the days of log in to Netflix and watch Rick and Morty.

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April 20th

Posted by austinbeard1893 on April 30, 2016

As I reach the conclusion of the book, I’ve come to realize that this class is nothing like I thought it would be, and that isn’t necessarily a bad thing. What I’ve come to realize is that this class shows how people all around the world share one huge thing in common and that is that we all love and have a passion for a lot of the same things. I think back on one of the posts I’d made recently about the Japanese trailer for Captain America 3 and how weird it was. But I thing the big thing about the trailer and kind of something thats really cool is that even though it may be weird to an American like me, it’s just a way in which the Japanese share their love for the same storytelling and characters that I love. I think that’s what this class really shows is that pop culture is something that is shared between millions and millions of people across many different cultures and that the things that we love can make us come together and share our passions with one another.

I’ll say one of the things that I most certainly gained some respect for was wrestling and the things wrestlers have to go through. The simple fact that one wrestler was stabbed multiple time just because he plays a character in the ring is crazy to me. It’s amazing how much crap they have to go through as performers and how some fans can’t differentiate between what is fact and what is reality.

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March 28th

Posted by kayla shults on April 29, 2016

Learning to be a responsible circulator. If you are starting something new there are a few things that you want to do to be a credible especially in the media world. Once someone finds out that you did not give the right facts about a certain event that happened you may have lost audience members and a bad reputation. That is why we have “name” news brands like The Washington Post and The New York Times. These news brands have been around for along time and have built a great name for their selves. Something I found interesting was that how mainstream news pick up local stories occasionally to make sure the audience can stay engaged. Just like how internet stars that seem to become famous over night end up on news channels or being interviewed by Ellen. Just like how it seems someone to be on YouTube one night than BAM the next their on Ellen. There was that whole Alex from Target deal just because there was some cute Target worker. I think that is crazy how someone who literally did not do anything but check things out make it to be on Ellen.

To spread media you want to make sure that you are spreading the true story. There are so many different sides of the stories when their are several different news stations covering a story because they all want to have the breaking and the best story. Stories can be posted that are mostly right, but have a few errors. That is why you have to stay on your toes and look out for facts that are not true.

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March 2nd

Posted by kayla shults on April 29, 2016

With common sense we know that not everyone is going to like the same thing or be interested in all the same things. Back in the 1950s there was probably like one television show I believe it was I Love Lucy, and everyone watched that show. You could not go back and record so if you wanted to keep with it you had to tune in at a certain time, and everyone knew what was happening in that show you could run into someone at the grocery store. Start talking about the show and they would all know what is going on with it. But, now days with Netflix and DVRs if you are in the grocery store hearing someone talk about Gossip Girl (or whatever show you are currently watching on Netflix) and you are like okay first what season are you on? And if they are head of you, you are scared to have a spoiler in this conversation so you try to veer away from talking about the show.

In the article Valuing Fans it says that Americans now more than ever are watching more television which I believe because t.vs are everywhere and we thrive on that little box of light. But as Americans watch more television it is not as concentrated as the studies once showed.  Which I think that is because of all the information there is available to us, we all kind of go our own way. For example, my mom and my brothers love watching Arrow on Netflix but i am not a person that is into dark killing shows, so I will be in the other room watching another show on Netflix.

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March 2nd: Valuing Fans

Posted by Curly Fry on April 29, 2016

I liked how this article talked about the many ways (focusing on four) the fans spread media or their product out into the world. I liked how the four points were separated into direct and indirect influences, and explained how both categories require special analysis to correctly figure out just how effective each act of audience interaction helps out their product.

What I thought after reading the article was how powerful each indirect “contribution” was for any type of product. Maybe it’s because of how our culture/society is now but endorsing and “sharing” is probably the best way to get your “product” out there and into the fans’ (or new fans’) hands. With the majority of consumers being online, sharing and endorsing products are really the only ways to promote…well anything.

Everything is online. Say you get a celebrity endorsement. Where are we to most likely see that endorsement? TV commercials and SOCIAL MEDIA. And when fans share those endorsements, more people see them and are more likely to buy into whatever is being advertised. We all know more people buy things when people they know–in real life and on social media, or even celebrities–recommend them instead of big companies. That’s why these “indirect” methods are so crucial.

I’m not sure how one would document the traffic flow of these promotional techniques. Since they’re “indirect” I would guess one would have to document revenue before the release online, then recheck (after a period of time) how much was to gain after the social media promotional tools. I’m sure there is more of a practical or smarter way to do that, but I’m just an English major. I don’t do numbers

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