COURSE Code: ENGL 107
As both consumer and producer of popular culture in the wired and viral environment of the twenty-first century, each of us is also already its instant commentator. In this course, you will convert your opinioned tweets and texts into a reasoned critical analysis of select pop icons, fads, fashions, trends and events. We will examine how the pop cultural industries of entertainment, electronic communication and advertising come to shape imaginations, work and leisure time, public and private spheres of life, bodies and identities. As part of your coursework, you will commit your critiques to both paper and the blogosphere. The principles of clear writing and reasoned argumentation will be emphasized in lectures and expected in all assignments as you relate your participation in popular culture to the evolving questions of the course.