WKU POP 201

Introduction to Popular Culture Studies

What Constitutes Meaningful Participation Part 1 (3/28)

Posted by sydneyb612 on May 1, 2017

So, the article I read for this one was “Soulja Boy and Dance Crazes”.  To think that this was ten years ago is honestly just insane. Seven years ago, I was in third grade doing a cheer routine to this song. I was only 9 when this song came out so it was not a huge deal for me from what I remember cause at that point in my life the number one thing in my life was family. I did not have a lot of friends or go out and do a lot of stuff at that point in my life, but I do remember that song and that music video and how it spread like wild fire. In my lifetime, this was the first real big dance craze I remember. Soulja Boy was a huge hit and I remember hearing it almost everywhere I went. The creators must have done some good advertising with that. Even though I was young and really had no clue what the meaning behind this song was I could do the whole dance and still can to this day. Why is this something I remember out of all the memories I have? I do not know. That is the beauty of media that spreads all over, sometimes you know exactly why something is cool or popular. Other times you have no idea how people became so obsessed with certain content, it just sort of showed up and took the world by storm one day.

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Understanding Professional Wrestling Part 2 (3/23)

Posted by sydneyb612 on May 1, 2017

First thing I must say about this is people need to worry about themselves and who they are first and foremost. Yes, I have been a fan of a lot of thing that have been spread throughout the media, this is just plain insanity though.  Fans should be allowed to get excited about what they watch and are passionate about, but do not be a stalker or a crazy killer. If you like or love something so much you would not go around stabbing people and hunting them down let’s just be real here. The horror stories and things I have heard about these WWE fans are just unreal. I understand liking stuff and being part of a fandom and getting overly excited, but there need to be a line drawn with the fans sometime. There has to be some point where fans are too much and just too extra. Fans need to realize if they want these actors and creators to keep feeding them this entertainment and media they need to not lose their minds over these fictional things. Everybody has their dream job and for actors and performers and famous people that requires being seen and judge by the whole world. So, fans just need to cut these people a break and take a step back to reality and realize those people you are obsessing over are just normal everyday people that are just doing a phenomenal job at theirs jobs. Fans, creators, actors, consumers, and producers all need to respect each other.

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Understanding Professional Wrestling Part 1 (3/21)

Posted by sydneyb612 on May 1, 2017

So, all the knowledge I have of wrestling come from a seven-year-old I babysat back in the summer of 2013. This little boy was obsessed with WWE and everything professional wrestling. One time he jumped off his swing set to try and crush his younger brother. He did this because the professional wrestlers will climb up on the side of the ring to try to jump on their opponents. That day he broke both of his arms. In my opinion his parents should not let him watch wresting because he takes it way to seriously. When I showed up to class that day and watched all these wrestling videos all I could think is basically these are a bunch of little grown adult men doing almost exactly what little Luke was doing the day he broke both arms. Honestly what is the point of men getting in little leotards, getting in basically an open box, and fighting. Like honestly what is the point of this? Is this what people are calling entertainment now days? Why does everything have to be so violent and angry and sweaty? Do these wrestlers even fight though? I feel like this is all just one big publicity stunt to get people all hyped up and spend their money on something that is not even real. I have more questions about wrestling than I do answers after watching these matches. Also, when the girl wrestlers get all glammed up and then wrestle I mean come on that is just sad and pathetic.

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Understanding the U.S. Soap Opera Part 2 (3/9)

Posted by sydneyb612 on May 1, 2017

Okay first off I did not realize how crazy some of these soap operas get. This one soap opera has over thirteen thousand episodes. Like how crazy can someone’s life be. I mean my life has been a hot mess since the fifth grade and it has been one sad event after another, but I do not think it would take me thirteen THOUSAND episodes to tell that whole story. I mean who has the mind capacity and time and focus to watch all those episodes and keep up and understand what is going on in the show. I personally would have to take years of my normal life to sit down watch and understand this show. Also, the actors don’t they get tired of being on the same show for so long. I understand in soap operas they kill off a lot of people, but they also usually keep a few consistent characters going throughout the show. Also, how does one producer come up with this much content for one show? To make this soap opera work their advertising for the show would have to be incredible and they would have to keep new producers for the show on deck always just to keep the show running. So, soap operas are just dramatic and sad things and sappy romances that happen in a person’s life. How do you create thirteen thousand episodes of this in one person’s life? I understand what these actors are acting out is not true, but still I feel like this would take a huge emotional toll on everyone involved.

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Understanding the U.S Soap Opera Part 1 (3/7)

Posted by sydneyb612 on May 1, 2017

Soap operas are not something I necessarily grew up with. Soap operas were something that was more relevant back in my grandmother’s day, back when it was basically soap operas, sports, and the news. The closest thing I watch to a soap opera now is Grey’s Anatomy. This show has been going on for as long as I can remember and is very dramatic and sad and has predictable twist and turns everywhere. Is this what older people would call a real soap opera? I do not know. The only place I have ever really seen a soap opera is on a TV show I watch call Jane the Virgin. On this show, Jane and her grandmother watch soap operas together. Most the time these soap operas are boy meets girl, boy and girl fall in love, boy and girl have lots of friends and family they are very close to, and then like half the people on the show end up dead or missing for a few seasons. From what I know soap operas are very predictable for the most part and most people can tell exactly what is going to happen next, even though most people act like it is a big surprise. Soap operas or sort of like current day reality TV, these are all sort of stories that could happen, but most the time in day to day life usually do not happen to the average person. Some soap operas the content of the show is not as dramatic, but then other times you can watch and you will ask about what craziness you just watched.

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The Value of Media Engagement Part 3 (3/2)

Posted by sydneyb612 on May 1, 2017

Trans-media engagement, this is an interesting concept taking the old and mixing it with the new. I think this is a great idea because the old and the new can sometimes be the same thing just like with clothing media. Using what used to be popular in the media and bringing it back up or putting a modern-day twist on it. I think this can be a great strategy for media advertising because they you can appeal to older and younger consumers. This is a brilliant idea because then the creators will have a larger fan base, which means more money, view, suggestions, and just more everything in general. Just how there is a circle of life there is also a circle of media. Yes, new stuff can really pop up, but most the time new stuff is old stuff that is just being brought up again and reintroduced for the world to consume. Some people may recognize they are just reusing ideas in the media, but for most people when the reintroduce stuff it is entirely new to some of the younger generations. Even if it isn’t new one thing people love to do is reflect on their past and remember how great they thought some product or thing was. There are so many things in media creators can take from past, present, and future to create new or semi-new things, the possibilities are truly endless when you take all these ideas people had and mix them together. Now sometimes these ideas may turn out great or they can turn out horribly.

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The Value of Media Engagement Part 2 (2/28)

Posted by sydneyb612 on May 1, 2017

A point that stood out to me in the book about media engagement is how consumers see their media. When talking about TV or movies people all over the world watch these things on so many different platforms. Some are legal some are illegal, but most people really do not care if they get to watch what they want to watch when they want to watch it. Consumers do not understand the consequence this has on some of the creators though. When they do not watch a show or movie where the creators can track how many people and who is watching, it makes it harder for them to do their job. Now I know this may be counter acted when some people post review on what they did or did not like where the creators can see it, even after watching the content they were watching illegal. There are million and billions of people consuming these products every day, so how can the creators keep up with it anyways? Well that is a good question maybe those people cannot keep up with it and maybe we should not worry because this is all a waste of time. No, that’s wrong! Consumers should care because if people want to get what they want out of the media they need to participate and show their interest in some sort of reliable way. This needs to happen so the way we share and consume media can improve as time goes on and not continue to get worse with time.

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The Value of Media Engagement Part 1 (2/23)

Posted by sydneyb612 on May 1, 2017

Oh boy, where do I even begin with this one. This has a special place in my heart because Glee was huge part of my teenage years growing up. So, I obviously read the article “Performing with Glee”. This is one company that totally sold me a ton of their products and I was an avid consumer. I mean I bought every album on I-tunes. I bought every t-shirt or bracelet or pair of even Glee socks I could get my thirteen/fourteen-year-old hands on.  I went to the season two concert. I got my book signed by Chris Colfer when he wrote his first book. I was obsessed, the creators really did an amazing job advertising clearly. One thing that really stood out about Glee is that it was so real and so relevant to me at the time. I related with the characters who were outcast and did not really have any friends and I related to the characters that were going through heart break and hard relationships. Everything about this show made me feel like I was not alone in what seemed like this big scary world of middle school and high school. Now that I look back on it the people who advertised were brilliant because at the end of every show they showed the link to the album from that episode on I-tunes to basically remind you to go buy it right now, which is exactly what I would do. Then I would listen to it on repeat till the next week’s episode. This was the first-time spreadable media really trapped me into a fandom.

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Reappraising the Residual Part 2 (2/21)

Posted by sydneyb612 on May 1, 2017

One point that was made that I found interesting the system of appraisal. The author talked about a gold coin and that you could take it to a bunch of different shops and get a price or appraisal for it and it would be worth a different amount at every place. At one place this gold could be worth millions to someone, but then turn around and got somewhere else and it is only worth one hundred. It is stated that the same sort of thing happens with media. You can post or announce a product one place and you suddenly have hundreds of people hooked and interested. Then you post that same product somewhere else and everyone either hates the idea or only a few people like it. It is just like what people say when you are starting a new business, it is all about location, location, location. Although in online media there is no physical location, there are locations where you post things. You can post something on Facebook or Twitter or Instagram or Snapchat, but all those places you posted the exact same thing can have a different reaction or effect. As I keep getting further along in this book I am learning media in any form is really all about strategy. Where you post something, how you post something, when you post something, and who your audience is you are posting to. Every little last detail and thing matters when you are sharing or spreading media.

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Courting Supporters for Independent Media P2 (04/18)

Posted by katemilner9 on May 1, 2017

The section on Christian music in this reading made a particularly interesting point about the intersection between money and morality, which we’ve seen come up a few times over the course of the semester, but never in such a direct type of way. As established, Christian bands have a few moral dilemmas that arise over the course of their career. When their music, and their media is a way to show dedication and devotion to their religion, or a way to use their “gifts” given to them by God in a way that returns back to their churches, and overall, the greater Christian community, it’s hard imagine them charging steep prices for albums and tours, even though that tends to be the way the music game works.

We see the idea of the media being traded for money validated with the idea of it being “spreading the word,” and bands needing funding to do that, but even then, it’s a small, niche audience these bands provide for. When you pair this with the debate over piracy in music, and whether or not it’s moral to “steal” religious music to help “spread the word,” it makes us wonder just where the business part of this industry is. Music, and other Christian media’s, have to ask big questions other medias can ignore, as the decision between money and morality is an easy one- they’re able to choose profit and move on, while the Christian music industry, as much as it may love to choose profit, almost can’t, thanks to the nature of its audience.

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