WKU POP 201

Introduction to Popular Culture Studies

Blog post # 27

Posted by connerjblack on November 27, 2017

We have reached the end of the book, and fast approaching the end of the semester. This book has gone through a lot, from talking about advertisements, social media, and generally how the internet plays a role in today’s culture. Through all this I have to say one of the things I can say I can’t defiantly take away from this is that social media has changed how we view the world, but it’s not that drastic of the change. It’s just another phase in pop culture. When the book talks about the past of pop culture it makes it realize the similarities it all has. There will always be the big new thing that shapes what’s popular and what’s normal in that time, and the internet, and social media was that big thing for us. It makes it wonder what the future generations will have, and what they will complain about what has changed.

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B L O G # 1 8 (oct.26)

Posted by vscodey on November 27, 2017

Spreadability changes how we think about advertising in numerous ways. Having the ability to spread media at any given time during the day or night is a fully accessible feat that is accomplished by thousands or millions on a daily basis. Let us take the insane fans of Kylie Jenner and look at the fact that most of them love her with all of their heart and will do anything to get noticed so they go on and start buying all of her cosmetics and sharing her posts on instagram. This advertisement is completely free and very profitable. Without spending a dime there is no telling how much sweet Kylie makes just from her fans buying and sharing her social media content that costs her zero dollars to post. On the other hand, you also have your paid advertisements that show up mainly when you do not want them and they are interrupting your daily broadcast television or internet show. But there is an option now on youtube in which you can pay for an upgraded version of youtube that skips the ads altogether but the catch is that it does cost a monthly fee so either way you are paying for the ads displayed whether or not you actually purchase the product being sold. If a company has five main ads to get across during the year, they can search in between the main ads for those viral videos or what is trending to sort of leech off of to provide that constant revenue flow that keeps the doors open.

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BLOG 20

Posted by Cody Mason on November 27, 2017

This chapter relates, like a lot of the book, to audience engagement and participation. I relate to this on a personal level because of my instagram following. I really look into the statistics of who I am reaching and what content my followers like. I often ask myself “do I want to engage my current follower set, or do I want to expand my base”. Both questions lead to a totally different post type. Getting the participation is always key though. Ghost followers haunt you follow to like ratio hard. I Think impressions vs reach is a real ratio that is what should matter. Reaching 30k people is an easy feat, but getting those people to come back to you and get impressions is harder. If I can get 30k reach, and 50k impressions, then I know I am doing something right. As that ratio gets closer to a 1:1, the follower is only seeing that post 1 time. This stat compared to followers is what can determined successful participation. Because if someone isn’t a follower, are you really looking for their participation? That thought brings up the surplus audience argument. I don’t care if I have a surplus audience, usually its just a bunch of people talking crap about me but who cares, its still impressions for me? Meaningful and successful are two different realms and shouldn’t be counted as the same. A meaningful participation would be all good critics and a 1:1 follower to like ratio. But a successful participation is a good reach to likes ratio.

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Blog #26

Posted by landonm12 on November 27, 2017

It is still crazy to me how some of the world is still not developed as much as the others. Why can’t the other countries that are far more developed help with the underdeveloped countries into becoming what we are today? They don’t have as many opportunities to express themselves as a country and people really don’t know who they are because their lack of access to the outside world. Every country has their own way of expressing themselves their own way of humor their own religion their own language in people think that they’re done because they don’t know their ways but how are they supposed to express their Waze without being able to reach the other countries and tell them how they do it their way. These countries have the right to voice their opinion they are part of the world to him is just as much as an influence of some leaders it’s just their technology is not as advanced as other countries. People are misinformed about these countries because nobody goes over there to try and figure out the actual information and talk to people they just guessing going off past predictions and past historical things. It’s not fair to these Laura countries and I think our world could easily do something to improve their lifestyle and help them gain the new technologies so their voice can be heard

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B L O G # 1 7 (oct.19)

Posted by vscodey on November 27, 2017

First things first I dislike soap operas with a passion and this chapter discusses fans and social networks surrounding the shows.  Understanding fan culture surrounding soap operas and their crazy fandom as a social network. My grandmother has been a loyal subscriber since the beginning of time and continues daily Monday thru Friday. Within the past year, I have introduced my grandmother to Facebook, where she uses it non-stop for just about everything from the news to funny cat videos she shares to my wall. But being such a fanatic on the soap opera scene she found herself searching for it online, and on facebook trying to figure out what is going to happen in next weeks episodes. She has gotten to the point where as soon as the show is over at 2pm each day she heads to the computer to log on to facebook and chat with her General Hospital Group about what is happening, she loves it. Even though I have no interest in midday soap operas there are millions of people/fans out there that will slap me for slander as I say General Hospital is not good. But my grandmother like millions of other people across the world make up a loyal fanbase to the soap opera community. Maybe it is because they have an abundance of new characters from year to year as if almost living out their daily lives right in front of the viewer. Many characters are very relatable because they are your normal everyday neighbor or friend, nothing special about them except for the storyline their life has been telling over the past season.

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Thanksgiving Extra Credit

Posted by Cody Mason on November 27, 2017

My hometown is Lagrange Kentucky. It is about 25 minutes North East of Louisville. I really don’t know of any significant pop culture events relating to the city, but in 2011 my little brothers little league baseball team earned its way into the Little League World series, hosted in Williamsport PA. If you ever tune into ESPN is late August, you have probably watched a bunch of little dudes playing baseball. The team won several tournaments and earned its way in. I got the chance to go and watch the series. IT brought the town of Lagrange together and when the team came back to town there was a huge parade and a festival for the team.

Another significant outing is “light up lagrange”. The city takes a week to prepare and put up christmas lights and decor. Then on the first Saturday of December the town has a festival where we close down main street and when the sun sets they light the lights.

The city is home to a CSX line running right down main street also. The only other city in the country with this feature is Oakland Ca.

 

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Extra credit

Posted by landonm12 on November 27, 2017

Over Thanksgiving I went to a small town outside of Cave City called Greensburg. My dad and my girlfriends dad’s family are both from there and I spent time with her family and my family both on the day before Thanksgiving and the day of Thanksgiving. One thing that I noticed there was everybody in the town drinks ski. Ski is a kind of tropical soft drink that was made in Greensburg. Everyone in that town during said because it’s a hometown thing that’s the form of pop culture that I saw over Thanksgiving break. No matter where I was Ski was there, we went to the nursing home to visit my great and in this case he was even in the vending machines there, which he usually never see ski in vending machines. Ski is by far my favorite drink just because my dad grew up in Greensburg drinking it and he showed me it as a kid, and from that point on I’ve always loved Ski. We had ski for every meal breakfast, lunch, and dinner but I didn’t care cause it never gets old it’s so good and there’s nothing like having a ski from Greensburg. We went to another one of my great aunts house on Thanksgiving day and there was over 80 people there and all they had to drink in the back was a cooler full to the brim of ski every single one of the people walking around the house how to ski in their hand whether it was diet or regular. Ski is a big pop culture item in the small town of Greensburg Kentucky.

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BLOG 6

Posted by Cody Mason on November 27, 2017

Playing the part sometimes goes beyond the screen or the ropes. This means that your fans see YOU as you are portrayed on stage. The person you create on stage may or may not be a representation of you in real life, but you are put in a place where so much content is released with you in character that fans see you are that person 24/7. I recently watched a netflix documentary featuring Jim Carrey and how when when he plays a character he becomes that character in his every day life. He puts himself in this trans that is not himself. He becomes the character and will not respond to the name of Jim. This sort of counters the article that we read before this blog post, but I just thought that it was related. At some point of playing a character for so long, you do really lose the sense of who you are. The character becomes part of you and influences you. This creates an almost perfect character complex but its at the expense of the actor and his family. I can only imagine the stress that is puts on the actor. I think there is really no way around this character complex. By playing into the character you are accepting the consequences. This weird phenomenon is only present in a few crazy fans. Most people really do understand the complex that makes up the entertainment industry. The difference in WWE vs UFC or other fighting leagues is that UFC and others are real people and not characters, and WWE is made up characters. So we have to keep that in mind.

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B L O G # 1 5 (oct.12)

Posted by vscodey on November 27, 2017

Performing with Glee, although never having seen Glee I do know it became quite popular within its own little world. But most television shows that mix music with the episodes tends to do well, from my understanding. Having insanely musically talented individuals in the cast of Glee setup a new market for those individuals to sell records. Although most of the music covered in Glee was songs that already existed, popular old tunes, and remixes for younger audiences. Music is always a great market to dabble in for those already involved in tv/video. Glee performed well when it came to playing by the rules and utilizing that transmedia as a medium between the two markets with both sides making a profit it was a success. Framing workspace media allows a program to reach its target audience in a less amount of time than one scheduled at an absurd hour of the day/night. This allows the right content to reach the right fan base at the right time, the trifecta of success. Even though audiences are become more difficult to reach, workspace media is supplying a way to get around that enabling media companies to stay connected to their target audience. Becoming a multiplier instead of a consumer is the way to go. The word consumer tends to come with a bad reputation for some reason, while multiplier spreads only positive vibes. Multipliers take a product and make it their own and involves others along the way utilizing their talents and networking skills to become a success.

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Blog #25

Posted by landonm12 on November 27, 2017

I believe that everyone is made the same, not one person is better than another. Most people’s environment that they grow up determine what their future holds. In some cases people do better than the environment they grow up in, take Bo Jackson for example he grew up in a poor town in Georgia and worked his way up to being a superstar in two major sports. People that grow up in an better environment usually have more access to new technology and new techniques to help improve work, school, and jobs. Where as someone who has grown up in a bad environment doesn’t have access to all that stuff usually. You can’t really determine someone’s intelligence based off an IQ or test score because some people are smarter in different aspects than others. One person may be an expert with cars and where as another person could be an expert in the medical field both have their positives and both have the negatives so wiring somebody differently when you’re just a smart but in different fields. Imagine if the whole world had access to Internet everyone would know what each cultures like and how they express their humor in their culture in different ways. It would help us understand cultures that we don’t know and sometimes it down on and help us understand what they’re actually like and what their form of expressing their humor and culture is.

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