Societal Impact of Pop Culture
Western culture has always been influenced by ideas and content perceived as popular by others. The compilation of these cited works provide insights as to how social media and entertainment outlets continue to formulate perspectives and influence culture within western society as well as emerging global markets. The selected writings provide information specific to the societal impacts of watching TV, playing video games, and communication through social media networks.
Bissell, Tom. "Extra Lives: Why Video Games Matter” They Say I Say, The Moves that Matter in Academic Writing With Readings. 2nd ed. Ed. Gerald Graff, Cathy Birkenstein, and Russel ...view middle of the document...
New York: Norton, 2012. 312-328.
Malcolm Gladwell, staff writer for The New Yorker magazine and New York Times bestselling author, evaluates the differences between traditional activism and online social media network engagement. Gladwell provides a detailed description of how a sit-in protest started by four African American college freshman in Greensboro North Carolina in 1960 became a civil-rights movement for the next decade in the southern United States. Gladwell describes that traditional activism relies upon strategy, chain of command, discipline, and strong tie relationships amongst the group of individuals. Gladwell describes that consensus of the group rather than a single central authority controls social media networks. Gladwell evaluates hierarchal activism’s position to challenge an organized establishment and describes beneficial uses of social media. Gladwell believes that social media is an ideal means of communicating general information to a mass audience; however when it comes to challenging an organized establishment he identifies that people standing in line compared to being online is more successful.
Johnson, Steven. "Watching TV Makes You Smarter," They Say I Say With Readings, The Moves that Matter in Academic Writing. 2nd ed. Ed. Gerald Graff, Cathy Birkenstein, and Russel Durst. New York: Norton, 2012. 277-294.
Steven Johnson, award winning American popular science author, describes the historical progression of content complexity from shows televised during the past three decades. Johnson evaluates the progression by introducing a television...