As you can see, we’re not asking for a lot here. Just evidence that you did the reading, thought about it, and can make a connection between it and another “text” of your choosing. You needn’t agree with the reading, even though the students in the samples below do.
Write two different examples based on the same submitted reading.
The first one is the strongest of the three (though by no means the strongest we’ve received). It quotes from the week’s reading, applies it to another text , and provides an argument (it is a tad long at 150 words ??" that should be your upper limit on these)
If you submit something really interesting, it might get used in class. Don’t worry, won’t use your name.
This particular clip provides a summary from an individual who believes that she is on the outside of the madness and the blurring of reality that accompanies fanaticism. The film Almost Famous exemplifies the relationship between fans and popular culture. The plot follows what Henry Jenkins calls an “eroticized fan,” a groupie named Penny Lane whose job is essentially “servicing the stars backstage” (Jenkins, 15). Though she does not fit the stereotype of an overweight woman, Penny Lane epitomizes the typical fan; she is ignorant of her own abuse and fails to recognize that her relationship (with the lead member of the band), which she perceives as mutual and romantic, is actually just his taking advantage of her. She was caught saying, “if you ever get lonely, just go to the record store and visit your friends;” this reference to a friendship with popular culture is a clear representation of her skewed beliefs.
I was reading East
this morning by John Steinbeck and came across an interesting comparison of high and low culture that I thought I'd share with you. Describing the development of California in the 19th century, Steinbeck wrote:
"A new country seems to follow a pattern. First come the openers,
strong and brave and rather childlike. They can take care of
themselves in a wilderness, but they are naive and helpless against
men, and perhaps that is why they went out in the first place. When
the rough edges are worn off the new land, businessmen and lawyers
come in to help with the development - to solve problems of
ownership, usually by removing the temptations to themselves. And
finally comes culture, which is entertainment, relaxation, transport out
of the pain of living. And culture can be on any level, and is.
The church and the whorehouse arrived in the Far West
simultaneously. And each would have been horrified to think it was a
different facet of the same thing. But surely they were both intended
to accomplish the same thing: the singing, the devotion, the poetry of
the churches took a man out of his bleakness for a time, and so did
Instead of high and low, this might even be seen as low and lower, as both are referenced as taking man away from the "pain of living," similar to how Adorno sees popular culture as an escape from work.
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