603-HSE-VA, Don't Touch that Dial: Pop Culture and You
In this course students will learn to “read” and write about various elements of current popular culture, specifically toys, television, advertising, videogames, and other media technologies and cultural phenomena, as text. Students will learn to analyze and view these texts critically in order to better understand what they reveal about the society that produces them. The students will not only be exposed to these media as primary texts, but they will also read critical articles and essays and other short readings, as well as one novel, to help inform and develop their reading and analytical skills.