WKU POP 201

Introduction to Popular Culture Studies

Meaningful Participation 3

Posted by jacobkaraglanis on April 3, 2017

This series of blog posts about meaningful participation have really struck my interest. After reading the assigned passages for tonights blog post my interest in this subject still remains. In the readings, I found the idea of Co-Creation to be an interesting one. This is the idea that the fans of a creator are essentially responsible for participating in the creation of the product. So, the fans of a musician or DJ or something of that nature are needed to help in the sense that they need to spread the product for it to gain mass notoriety. To me, this idea is extremely true in our society today. I say this because there are a lot of young, up and coming artists that are very underground. Yet these underground artists can quickly gain mass popularity if their song that they posted on social media gets a ton of shares, retweets, or reposts. So this idea of participation through Co-Creation are very relevant to our culture as a whole today because a lot of our famous rappers and bands that are popular now, have only just become mainstream in the past few months. Artists like: Lil Uzi Vert, 21 Savage, Lil Yachty, Lil Dicky, and others, rose to stardom via soundcloud, twitter, or datpiff.com. Their fame did not come from being mainstream already. It cam from their loyal cult fan base constantly sharing their content, thus growing the fan base and growing the amount of views it got. This Co-Creation is what is bringing new music to the mass public and it is an extremely crucial part of meaningful participation nowadays.

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