Introduction to Popular Culture Studies

Blog Post #26

Posted by zschwarzkopf on November 19, 2017

Culture played a big part in what read in the article for this weekend, especially the content that is allowed to be posted within specific cultural regions. America is very open about what they post, even going as far as to deface the validity of the president, millions of various media dedicated to this premise. Whereas freedom of speech usually isn’t infringed upon in the United States, the same cannot be said about places like North Korea. Social media is at the forefront of allowing ideas to be spread and implemented and this mostly is allowed due to the fact that press isn’t policed much, especially comments. While comments, generally harmless, aren’t policed in plenty of places: news and other essential knowledge is very much. It reminds me very much of the book Fahrenheit 451 and how much censorship really does effect the status of different cultural areas, the knowledge boundaries are certainly problematic to allowing the world to see an unfiltered perception of society, if there is even one.

Social Issues seem to really become a focus of difference of opinions between different nations and cultures: specifically such issues as rape and homosexuality. Some places such as Iran and Saudi Arabia even have legalized death by execution for participating in homosexual activities. Flogging still exists as well for lesser means of homosexual content, such as kissing or holding hands. America on the other hand has been pretty receptive to LGBTQA+ rights and are working on getting more rights have plenty of activist groups going to do so. Countries such as Saudi and Iran, who are under Sharia law, cannot show support and will even have certain content banned and erased to keep their “sanctity” of their country alive and uncorrupted.


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blog post; #26

Posted by megisbell on November 19, 2017

In America, we can basically post whatever we want. I mean, we have free range. Within reason obviously. But check twitter, facebook, instagram, tumblr, and ANY form of social media. People post their opinions everywhere and anywhere. Usually when you do not even care to hear it or care what it is. Point is, our opinions are not censored. Ever. People can go on the internet and talk mad shit about Donald Trump or bash Jay-z for no apparent reason. We can write whatever we want. This is a completley different story however for example in North Korea. Writing about a public figure or anything of their opinions is frowned upon. Actually it is not even allowed. Like it’s physically impossible. The censorship there is insane. The people really have no idea what is even going on, ever.

I just think it is crazy, the difference between the freedoms. Between America and North Korea. Our freedoms make their country look like a prison. I mean in all honesty in mainly is. I also think we take advantages of these freedoms. Especially, freedom of speech.

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Blog Post 25

Posted by willpope149 on November 19, 2017

Transnational media platforms and outlets allow for expounded communications between large amounts of people. which can influence many perspectives on certain subject matters. People becoming exposed to different cultures like this is a good way to establish better relations amongst countries. Translation sources also help to benefit global communications. An exchange of culture, humor, and arts is special. Especially today, humor is shared in many unique ways. Memes are made and redesigned, the translations themselves become parodies of what they were originally intended. Cultural customs may be learned or brought into households if it’s deemed something beneficial to everyone. Art is also something that has come up  bit more in recent times.  People like to watch speed art videos with different media such as paintings, drawings, or alternative media sources. They also get to experience and enjoy different different styles from each country- where modern american and other contemporary arts may be extremely detailed or abstract Japanese arts  may be a bit less detailed but convey different feelings. People can share their thoughts and expressions on your own ideas from all over the world. If you don’t understand that person, you can simply hit the translate button and then speak back to them. Transnational media platforms are a really interesting way for people to be able to speak to one another and over the next few years as platforms begin to expand further, more people will have access to technology capable of these feats so transnational media will grow.

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Blog #26

Posted by averyhoskins on November 19, 2017

I took away from this chapter that media’s spreadbility does have an impact on cultures. For instance, in America we have free range to post whatever we believe in our opinions. You might get judged for it and people will fire back, but in all, freedom of speak is really expressed a lot on social media platforms. In some other countries on the other hand, they cannot express their opinions like we can. Take China for instance. They have banned their citizens from using the internet all together, meaning they cannot access sites like twitter or Facebook and voice their opinions on social matters. In some countries, they cannot even post news stories or print newspapers unless the government allows it first. With social media, people can post about socially challenging things, making an impact on the society. This is where social media has an upper hand about social problems. Some people feel they are more confident behind a screen, making it easier for people to come out and speak about what they want to.

Not only does social media have an impact on culture, but culture really impacts social media. Some countries have different standards when it comes to things you can post and say. In America, it is free range to what you can and cannot post, but in some countries, they cannot openly post about things happening. For instance, in America, rape and sex trafficking are publically posted and fought against using social media, but in some countries, if you posted about these issues, you could go to jail. This is how you can see cultures influence in the social media world.

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Blog #26: Living Proof

Posted by clarkhinkson on November 19, 2017

Reading about the transnational interaction of cultural social media with people of other cultures encouraged me to reflect on my own life and what impact other cultures’ media has had on my life.

The first thing that comes to mind is my sister’s obsession with a Venezuelan soap opera entitled “Somos Tu y Yo”. As a result of her taking an advanced Spanish language course in college, she was required to watch said soap opera completely in Spanish with only English subtitles. Because of her obsession with High School Musical and her perception of similarities between the two, she became infatuated with the program and proceeded to show it to us. So, because of my sister’s taste in storyline, she was persuaded to share her experience with different cultures with me, and I am therefore, however so slightly, I am influenced by it.

Secondly, that I can remember is my childhood obsession with the show Teen Titans. While not directly Japanese, the show was conceptualized by Glen Murakami, a Japanese show contributor. Because of his heritage, he had the desire to infuse Japanese animation into the show, and that desire produced the concept of his chibi-like comedy sections in the show. As a kid, I always loved those sections because my juvenile mind enjoyed the cartoonishness of it. The Japanese influence that produced the very unique and unparalleled aspect of the show made me love the show and was really responsible for my affection for the show.

Overall, I am grateful for the transnational influence on the United States. We wouldn’t be where we are without it.

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Blog Post #26

Posted by elisechaplin on November 19, 2017

The section “Diverting Entertainment” in this chapter of Spreadable Media reminded me a lot of my experience watching the Norwegian show Skam. Skam is a teen drama television series about the daily life of teenagers at a Norwegian school. I had found about the show from a friend and was so happy that I got to watch it. I thought reading subtitles would become annoying but it never did. The show covers a wide range of important topics, varying from sexual assault, eating disorders, homosexuality, Bi-Polar disease, Islamic religion, and cyberbullying. The episodes premiere on a website, the first one premiering without any promotion because the production wanted teenagers to find it on their own and spread the news themselves. This is a great example of fans participating in spreading news about a show purely on interest and wanting other people to know about it. The show quickly became popular in the U.S. once people started translating the episodes. Many American fans wanted the network to automatically have English subtitles but the network said that though they love the popularity of the show growing they wanted to keep it strictly in Norwegian. There is a U.S. version in production now since the last season aired. I think that it is a great thing that whether something is made in another country or not that it still become popular with a range of audiences. No matter the cultural differences people can still come together and share a love for a TV show or any other form of media.

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Blog 26 (Supposed to be number 25)

Posted by kisersoze on November 19, 2017

During this blog’s readings, the one that really stuck out to me was Transnational Audiences and East Asian Television. The reading covered how different national audiences perceive and utilize content from other nations. An example used was how a Japanese game show parodied American culture by having a pop group eat a giant hamburger and proceed to make jokes about American stereotypes. While not completely accurate of most Americans, the stereotypical portrayal of Americans as “wearing overalls and growing chest hair” is not that extreme of a stereotype. It is important to recognize these stereotypes so that we may understand how foreign cultures perceive us. These practices are apparently becoming more commonplace as countries such as Japan try to “indiginize” our stereotypes and add a parodied version of our culture to our own. On the flip side, many Americans have begun doing the same thing with Japanese culture. Another example used was how fans of anime will take the raw footage from Japanese shows and translate it in order to profit off of it early before American companies can localize and “dub” (convert to english) it. This has led to a drastic rise in anime fans who, upon viewing these shows, begin to adopt Japanese culture into their own. It is interesting to see the effect that transnational media has on different cultures around the world. Perhaps as this trend progresses, cultures from all over the world will share their media content so that we all can learn from each other.

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Blog #26

Posted by pmrobertson on November 19, 2017

I believe the idea in the chapter about how spreadability could possibly enhance cultural diversity is quite a valid point. For example, I think this can apply to social media. We use social media platforms to share our opinions with others, communicate, and connect. One platform I think of is Twitter. With the speed of the app/site, Twitter allows people to quickly tweet something and allows others to join in on conversations. Things get shared, quoted, retweeted, liked, etc., allowing it to spread all over. People may not even know each other, but can begin tweeting one another when sharing their opinions on certain things happening. There are so many diverse opinions out there and social media has allowed us to see and engage with so many different people.

It’s also interesting that the book refers to media content spread as “transnational,” not “global” spread. At first, I had been using the terms interchangeably, but the chapter makes a good point. Not everyone has access to the same participatory culture and spread of media, so it is does not necessarily reach every corner of the globe. It’s also interesting, because this allows those who already have power, such as media producers, to increase that power even more. I think this could be due to less competition, so they have the ability to control more of the media market. It’s honestly weird to think about what it would be like to live in another country where the government regulates the media. Life would be very different. In America, we have the option to speak out for what we believe in, but it is important to realize not everyone has this luxury.

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Blog Post #26

Posted by kaitpr on November 19, 2017

The first couple pages of this chapter brought up a though I had never really thought before and that is the fact that the “developing nations” do not get a voice in this “transnational” conversations. I just think that people from the parts of Africa and South America and Asia  would offer a new view point because of the fact that they come from the background they do. That being said media is able to spread with a majority of the world faster than every before. A concern that the book seems to be addressing is the idea of cultures meshing. Some people want cultures to stay “pure” and mixing and sharing and interacting with other media makes that harder now more than ever. I think that again this brings up the idea of the internet is amazing because you can connect with people from all around the world that may have the same interests in you, and also it is scary because you can connect to people from all over the world that share the same interest in you. The book argues that this transnational communication is a good thing. We, living in America, are very lucky because I feel we are almost encouraged to engage in these conversation. I then though, think of places like South Korea and think of all their restrictions and censoring. If their country found them in a transnational engagement then they may be killed. I think that the whole point of social media and engagement is so we can find people from near and far that can teach us something and give us a new perspective and I think that transnational conversation is a way to achieve this.

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Blog Post 26: Transnational Media

Posted by ellietolbert on November 19, 2017

Media’s spreadability has impacted the world in so many ways. This chapter discussed how media is transnational, meaning it can be spread all around the world. One thing the chapter talked about was how spreadable media has increased diversity. It used the example of how non-Indian people gained interest in Bollywood dancing after entertainment like Slumdog Millionaire, the musical Bombay Dreams, and So You Think You Can Dance. This is very true, and I have experienced it first hand. Sometimes a movie or TV show will make me want to learn more about the characters, settings, and plot, which will make me interested in what those people or places are based off, and I’ll learn more about the culture of the society represent in the show.

Media is useful in exposing us to new ideas. Social media, movies, television, and other forms of media can allow us to learn about people’s cultures and backgrounds. One must be careful, however, in representing that culture in the correct way. It can be very easy to stereotype or misrepresent one’s culture, and that can cause people to think differently about it. Media helps us to form opinions and ideas about things, so if we do not receive the proper representations, we can make false judgements. Media is very powerful because it is used to spread information. The kind of information we receive can make or break our decisions about something. That’s why media is so important and can make the world see things in a different light.

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