Introduction to Popular Culture Studies

Thinking Transnationally P2

Posted by katemilner9 on April 25, 2017

One of the most interesting concepts to be found in this reading was the idea of “impure” culture. The book makes you consider it as a sort of dilemma, and urges you to look at it from both sides: while on the one hand, impure culture is damaging and diminishing indigenous cultures, it could also be seen as strengthening our global culture, and making the world a more creatively collaborative place. Though, this does feel like one of those times where we have to question what’s more important in pop culture/media creation: the money made off of reaching a broad market, and making inside jokes universally accessible or adaptable, or preserving indigenous cultures, and preventing the global landscape from becoming completely homogeneous.

I also though the section “Transnational Telenovelas” was interesting, as we’ve started to see a shift in attitude from how the book speaks of American adaptations of the telenovela form. While the book describes how Ugly Betty tries to distance itself from its roots in telenovela, we now see a highly successful network series that embraces its ties to the world of telenovela in Jane the Virgin. We have to ask ourselves: when ABC tried to hide Ugly Betty’s ties to telenovela, what were they doing it for? Was our country really that different in the few years between these two shows airing that in one, being branded as telenovela would have ruined Ugly Betty, but the same classification could be part of Jane the Virgin’s appeal?


2 Responses to “Thinking Transnationally P2”

  1. vene131 said

    I definitely saw this dichotomy between cultures teetering on appropriation and appreciation when it comes to certain things when reading this chapter.

  2. Hey nice post! I hope it’s alright that I shared it on my FB, if not, no problem just tell me
    and I’ll delete it. Either way keep up the great work.

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