Introduction to Popular Culture Studies

Conclusion of Pop Culture

Posted by emilychildress329 on April 26, 2017

Today’s reading out of Spreadable Media was bittersweet to me. Some part of me felt depressed that we had actually came to a conclusion of the book, but another part of me felt very accomplished. This was mainly because I read the majority of the book all the way through. Since it was a conclusion, the reading did not include many things that could actually be discussed other than everything that we have already mentioned in all of our other blog posts.

Something that has really stuck out to me throughout the novel and all of the online essays is the fact that no matter what the producers do, they always do it for the audience. Every commercial, news post, meme, and anything else that can be posted on different media sources contain information that will either try to get the audience to buy a product, share information that will be able to be shared quickly, and to get hits that will hopefully make someone famous at some point in time. I never realized just how much media impacted not just my life, but the life around me. Now that I have acknowledged how beneficial media is, I am able to really think about why individuals post the stuff that they do.

In my opinion, social media is the most influential operation that is in today’s world. No matter where we are, or what we are doing we are more than likely using some kind of technology. However, even though I think that we use it a lot today, I think that the impact it will have all around the world will continue to grow throughout the years to come. This is just the beginning and I believe that we are the guinea pigs.


4 Responses to “Conclusion of Pop Culture”

  1. Sean Hull said

    Seems a fitting —though perhaps disturbing— conclusion to our readings. If there’s one thing that made me frustrated as a result of this class, it is the realization of how much control social media service providers hold over how individuals access their data, and your last paragraph, though I would not presume you meant it to be negative, nonetheless sums up my concerns quite nicely.

  2. lillieeastham said

    I think it’s interesting that all of producer’s content is to please their audience, because we all do that in some way. While I post the pictures I like on instagram or tweet what I think, I’d be lying if I said I didn’t partially do it for the positive reinforcement that comes from likes and retweets. In a way, I’m also trying to please my audience.

  3. laurenivey22 said

    I totally agree with lillie! The producers content is to not only please the audience but to also make themselves look good as well. When posting pictures on instagram or tweets on twitter i am always doing in looks of that positive reinforcment whether that be a simply like or retweet or something more personal like a comment.

  4. emilyjones232 said

    I like how you ended it. Technology is always evolving and what is brand new could be old news very soon.

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