An Introduction to Theories of Popular Culture, 2nd Edition by Dominic Strinati

By Dominic Strinati

An creation to Theories of pop culture is widely known as an immensely precious textbook for college kids taking classes within the significant theories of pop culture. Strinati offers a severe overview of the ways that those theories have attempted to appreciate and evaluation pop culture in smooth societies. one of the theories and concepts the ebook introduces are: mann tradition, the Frankfurt university and the tradition undefined, semiology and structuralism, Marxism, feminism, postmodernism and cultural populism. This re-creation offers clean fabric on Marxism and feminism, whereas a brand new ultimate bankruptcy assesses the importance of the theories defined within the e-book.

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The second is that mass culture has positively harmful effects on its audiences, making them passive, enervated, vulnerable and thus open to manipulation and exploitation. The third point is that bad mass culture drives out good culture, both folk culture and art. ; and what enables some people to pass judgement on the tastes of others? Taste and style are socially and culturally determined. It is the power to decide upon the definitions of 38 MASS CULTURE taste and style which circulate within societies which is important, rather than the remote possibility of finding universal and objective reasons for validating aesthetic judgements.

The third point is that bad mass culture drives out good culture, both folk culture and art. ; and what enables some people to pass judgement on the tastes of others? Taste and style are socially and culturally determined. It is the power to decide upon the definitions of 38 MASS CULTURE taste and style which circulate within societies which is important, rather than the remote possibility of finding universal and objective reasons for validating aesthetic judgements. The power to determine popular culture and the standards of cultural taste is not restricted to the economic and political power exercised by the mass culture industries, though they are obviously crucial for any adequate explanation of the overall process.

Perhaps something of the flavour of Orwell’s stance is captured in the following quote on the ‘decline of the English murder’: it is significant that the most talked of English murder of recent years should have been committed by an American and an English girl who had become partly Americanized. But it is difficult to believe that this case will be so long remembered as the old domestic poisoning dramas, product of a stable society where the all-prevailing hypocrisy did at least ensure that crimes as serious as murder should have strong emotions behind them.

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