Introduction to Popular Culture Studies


Posted by katemilner9 on April 28, 2017

As we finish the book, and in turn, come to a close in the course,  our reading does a good job at illustrating what has been an underlying theme the whole time: media is really just a series of relationships. It’s the relationship between the media producers and consumers, between consumers and their friends or between media producers and their competition. Like any other relationship, these are all dynamic. Over time, we can see how priorities change and how new information works to shape our perception of how they go together. The parties can all look for different things as time goes on, there’s nothing keeping them static in their old ways. To study pop culture is to understand you’re looking at a big picture that’s always subject to change, regardless of what’s happened historically.

We leave this class now able to recognize how important being aware of the media we spread is. Just like we saw in They Live!,  once your eyes are opened to how media works, and how even quick retweets have a deeper meaning, it’s hard to un-see. From this point on, we’ll all be forced to look at how media moments function from a business standpoint and how our interactions with media as fans effects and molds the entire industry itself. There are things we never noticed that we’ll now see in everyday life, and at the end of the day, that’s one of the most important things you can leave a class able to do. While, sure, you could say we were disillusioned, regardless of how you feel about it, it’s new knowledge that helps us to understand the world around us, which is always a plus.


7 Responses to “Conclusion”

  1. sydneyb612 said

    First off, this was beautifully written. I totally agree with everything you have to say. I have definitely noticed a change in the way I view social media. This class has for sure opened my eyes. I look into post with more thought and purpose now than I ever have before in my life. For someone who has been on social media for almost 6 years now I realized in just one semester how much my view of being online and looking at post has changed. I agree this class has certainly changed my view on the world.

  2. You summed up the core of this class very fluently. Being a public relations major I have been encouraged more so to see every point of view the world shows us on a daily basis. Both on and off of social media. Finding that common understanding with everything you do can only help to benfit us in the end.

  3. faythleighann said

    I agree with your conclusion of our new understanding of media and the focus on relationships. Also, it is exactly like what you said. Now that we have been exposed to the workings of media to study pop culture, we can’t unseen them.

  4. cameronbrooks3 said

    Nice job on concluding your last blog with a post like this. Seems like all year you really learned a lot and enjoyed this class. And how we focus on media and the overview on it will forever be a new experience.

  5. emilychildress329 said

    I think you summarized the class very well. I agree with you that now we can see just how important what media we spread is so important and why. Something that I mentioned in my conclusion post was that I now find myself thinking about how certain media is spread not just locally but nationally.

  6. briannaembry said

    Your summarization of this course is spot on! This course really serves to open your eyes on the media today. It is very helpful to be able to recognize your own personal role and relationship within the media.

  7. You bring up an interesting point. I never thought about it as being all relationships “between the media producers and consumers, between consumers and their friends or between media producers and their competition.” I think it’s interesting that we’re now seeing stuff that was invisible to us before. It’s amazing because not a lot of other classes can do that.

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