Introduction to Popular Culture Studies

Meaningful Participation

Posted by marylennoxhalf on April 3, 2017

Over the weekend, I attended an event on campus called Dance Big Red. The proceeds from the event event went to Norton’s Children’s Hospital in Louisville. For 12 hours, we did not sit down, and learned a fun dance. One of the songs in the dance was Crank That. Right when the song started playing I laughed, because I hadn’t even thought about this song in years, but lately it has been popping up in my life. Another thing I thought was funny, is that right when the song started I looked around and everyone in my view, knew the entire dance. Although it was popular so long ago, and everyone remembered it perfectly. It shows what a big impact the media can have on your life. After posting my blog post about Soulja Boy last week, I decided to do more research on the song as well as Soulja Boy. After having to scroll through a lot of articles about him and Chris Brown’s “beef,” I finally was able to find articles written about his career, and how Myspace and other forms of social media made an impact on his fame. While this happened with Soulja Boy, these same media sites helped Nicki Minaj gain a fan base. It is very important to realize the use of these media sites, but realize how fan’s reactions made it very easy to hear and view their songs and dances. The way the new popular music was put online, and able to reach so many viewers, who then shared and helped even more people know about it helped a ton. With enough sharing that now years later, students in Bowling Green, Kentucky remember and are able to quickly start the dance.


One Response to “Meaningful Participation”

  1. lillieeastham said

    I had no idea that Nicki Minaj had a similar start to her career. I think it’s funny that people always make jokes about sites such as Sound Cloud because of the sometimes crappy content, but in some instances silly sites like this actually do jumpstart massive careers.

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