Introduction to Popular Culture Studies

From Weird to Wide

Posted by lillieeastham on April 20, 2017

From Weird to Wide reminded me immediately of two different things I had recently come across. In my international politics class ironically our reading for tonight was about how the globe has become more interconnected. Consequently, it also discussed countries that are still almost completely cut off from the rest of the world. To combat this, one company has invented laptops that can be sold for just one hundred dollars. Many poorer countries have put in orders for thousands of these laptops in order to distribute them to schoolchildren throughout the nation. This shows a willingness and eagerness of these countries to provide opportunities for connection to their citizens.

Another thing that it brought to mind was a recent segment I watched on a talk show. The host was talking about celebrities being recognized in the most bizarre locations. Will Smith said that once while filming in a very remote location he passed a woman washing her clothes in a stream. To his surprise, she recognized him from The Fresh Prince of Bel Air. Leonardo DiCaprio also said that he gets recognized for Titanic without fail almost wherever he goes. This shows how internationally similar people really are. The Fresh Prince of Bel Air especially is a show which portrays a lot of American culture. The fact that a woman living across the world, who had never experienced anything similar to the events portayed in the show still found it entertaining is a testament to how humor can cross borders.


6 Responses to “From Weird to Wide”

  1. tristendenney14 said

    I also find these situations amazing Lillie. Like we discussed in class today, the knowledge and ability to spread media and interact with one another around the globe is there, but the availability of resources and connections is not. Therefore, we must find a way like this company selling laptops for $100 to connect everyone for a fair and cheap price, so the potential for media spreadability can grow.

  2. I find these cultural dilemmas to be highly insightful in the the global phenomina of becoming even more interconnected through the web. Especially by creating further availability towards the growing formation of cheaper resources and connections for those who lack the ability to spend more than say $100 on a laptop.

  3. emilychildress329 said

    I love this blog post. I agree with you that I think it is really amazing that the Fresh Prince of Bel Air, which deals with american cultures is watched half way across the world. I never really understood how media can travel in so many different ways.

  4. tommistowers said

    Great post! I think it is very interesting that you wrote about this. I agree I believe it is crazy that someone all the way across the world knows about an american culture show or movie. Once the media begins to become more accessible in the future the more the world will know about the american culture!

  5. I love that you made a connection to your international politics class. I also loved the examples you used to support that media is globally connected.

  6. vene131 said

    I just think it is really interesting that someone who is so cut off from the world like that woman seemed to be would recognize someone like Will Smith. Our interconnectivity has become so much greater over the last 20 years because of things like the internet.

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