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    Throughout history there has always been a defining pop-culture moment or moments. Billy Joel’s song and video “We Didn’t Start the Fire” encapsulates the events starting at the end of the 1940’s through the 1980’s. The chorus, “We didn’t start the fire. It was always burning since the world’s been turning. We didn’t start the fire. No, we didn’t light it, but we tried to fight it.” (Joel) sets the premise of the video. The lyrics in the song are rapid fire historical moments while the video…

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    Nobody in history of music was as popular as the Beatles. Everyone knows the Beatles. You don 't have to love them, but you do have to respect them. Michael Stipe from REM once said “The Beatles are elevator music.” To which Ringo Starr responded “If it weren 't for the Beatles, REM would still be taking the stairs.” The Beatles are one of the most iconic cultural legacies of the 20th Century and their influence shows itself in contemporary music and culture, which could not exist if the…

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    Within today’s culture, the idea of cannibalism exists as a way to evoke horror and induce disgust. In recent decades, popular culture has given individuals movies such as “The Cannibal Holocaust”, “The Silence of the Lambs”, and “The Hills have Eyes” where cannibalism plays a significant role. Today’s television shows, films and video games exploit society’s newfound fascination with cannibalism by introducing alternative versions of the cannibal such as zombies and vampires. Though culture’s…

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    Goths In Popular Culture

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    to the stereotypical view on Goths, expressing that although they have a dark aesthetic, most Goths are kind people. As participants of the Adelaide Arts Festival, I hope you are entertained, and informed on ways that Goths are represented in popular culture. Goth people are generally portrayed in media, wearing black clothes that are slightly based on medieval attire. They also wear pale, white makeup on their faces. This contradicts with their eye makeup and fingernails, as they are very…

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    the masses has become significantly easier. In modern society today, pop culture has figuratively become the main source to how people choose to live their lives. From musicians to socialites and actors, the public turns to the hottest figures in media to understand the latest trends, moral issues and even political standpoints. The influence may seem innocent to the regular citizen, but most personalities in pop culture are strictly controlled to adhere to the unknowing consumer. Through the…

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    against pop culture and it’s ability to be scholastic. Many educators think that there is no place for pop culture in the classroom. Some view that today’s pop culture is foreign to them or it has changed from when they were younger. But in reality pop culture hasn 't changed drastically, it is still all contemporary popular culture that is spread through mass media. What has changed is, that today it seems there is an abundance of pop culture available. By having this abundance of pop…

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    Kanye West's Coldest Story

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    The Coldest Story Ever Told: Kanye West’s Undeniable Cultural Energy Kanye West, musician and artist, has optimized and originated many artistic styles that have led to current patterns in modern popular culture. West’s constant innovation in music and general reflection of the New School’s rejection of Old School ways has placed him the class of an icon among youths. In his three-decade span of activity in the music industry, West has evolved through eras of soul, electronic, alternative, and a…

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    Foucault Pop Culture

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    the representation of them as being deviant or invisible reflects a power struggle and the desire to assert and maintain control over them. Today in popular culture, a key figure that reflects the continuation of such representation while also presenting us with subversive re-framings, is female rap sensation Nicki Minaj. In medicine and pop culture, there have…

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    Music And Self Identity

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    Music 050 – Final Paper I am going to explore the issue of identity within producing music through ethnographic research with the Collctve. Specifically, how an artist syndicates his or her own taste with today 's popular culture to produce and play music and how this relates to “selling out.” Before delving into the complexities associated with the music industry, it is important to define the terms “identity” and “selling out.” These interpretations will set the foundation for the discussion.…

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    main difference in the way that the content is expressed, and that is cultural. White and black performers as well as audiences have always had contrasting differences between them, musically and socially, which is a discourse that is prominent in popular music. These issues stem from post-slavery and segregation in which the music of blacks and whites could not be acknowledged as overlapping although they have always influenced each other. Over the past fifty years, though, this…

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