Introduction to Popular Culture Studies

Meaningful Participation pt.2

Posted by emmaeled on March 30, 2017

The soulja boy crank that phenomenon brought up major points I had not thought of. For the dances crazes to catch on they must be simple enough to understand and preform but also complex enough to be “cool”. People want to be a part of the latest trends and out do everyone else so they will put an extreme amount into being the best of the craze. Soulja Boy fed off the craze he created to gain popularity and push his personal brand. People will always want to mimic others to be included and compete with the masses. Dance crazes have always been apart of american pop culture through out several decades. Music brings people together to an extent but dancing gets people in the same physical space and brings out a happier peaceful time. Dance will always remain an essential part of US culture. When used as a means of promoting a song it is the ultimate form consumer participation. There is always something new to latch on to and participate in but music has always had a stronger tie because it reaches all forms of people from different backgrounds.


6 Responses to “Meaningful Participation pt.2”

  1. tristendenney14 said

    I agree with you Emma. Soulja Boy was a very popular artists for a long time, and he had a very big impact on the dance crazes of the 2000’s. Also, I like your comment about music bringing people together because I see this in my life all the time. Lastly, I can’t wait to see how music changes US pop culture in future.

  2. lillieeastham said

    I like your point about dance crazes having to be simple enough for a large amount of people to do, but also hard enough that people are proud that they know how to do them. The majority of them give a step-by-step guide on how to do the dance in the song, but some of the moves are a little too complex for just anyone to be able to do.

  3. emilychildress329 said

    I had never really thought about the points you make until I read the essay either. I believe that these dance crazes that most people do not understand how they got so popular are made to be so simple in order for people to actually catch on to the phenomenon.

  4. I agree 100% about how dance crazes have always been apart of american pop culture. You also brought up a good point saying that the dances have to be both complex & simple at the same time.

  5. cameronbrooks3 said

    I agree. Songs like “crank dat Soulja boy”, “2-Step”, and even “teach me how to dougie” are all trends that were once popular and maybe still are till this day. Music and dances will always be around and never die, it’s what makes every culture grow no matter what it may be.

  6. I have to agree that music is a stronger tie to various genres in social media today. So much of our pop culture today is dictated and based around which ever songs are leading top charts.

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