WKU POP 201

Introduction to Popular Culture Studies

Conclusion 

Posted by jasendavis on April 27, 2017

The conclusion of the book rehashed just about all of the topics that were discussed throughout. Looking back, I’ve got to say that there were two topics in the book that interested me the most:

  1. Free labor vs. Exploitation
  2. The aura of a product and how it creates an immersion culture

I have a new aspect that I previously had not thought to bring up in terms of free labor in spreading a product or idea. More and more people are turning to twitter blogs to break news and give opinions. While the producer has no ability to limit our constitutional rights to speak on just about any subject, how do they view the twitter blogs that have popped up. I recently started a second twitter account devoted specifically to sports commentary, and much of it isn’t positive. 

In terms of the immersion cultures of many media productions, they are a by product of sharing and altering of the original product to fit into another’s niche role. If you dive into the Internet a little bit, you can find fake Walking Dead scripts dedicated to progressing romance or maybe an alternate Pokémon world where the creatures share characteristics with horror movie werewolves. 

That brings me to the analogy that was made in the conclusion of the book. Spreadable media it described as a dandelion  (hence the cover of the book and the weed that continues to lose seedlings on the website). Just like a dandelion cannot control where the seedlings travel too, as they are at the mercy of the wind or animals, a media producer cannot control where the patrons of the Internet take his/her creation. It is nearly impossible to police at this point, and the only option to prevent this phenomenon is for the dandelion to keep its seedlings from flying away. The detriment to this would be that no new dandelions would be produced (alterations of the original media), and the original dandelion will die (the media loses popularity). 

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