Class Perspectives on Popular Culture

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Post #1 Malia

This is Shittown – John B. McLemore says that the town of Woodstock is corrupt. McLemore and Brian Reed would investigate this town through a pod cast called “S-Town”. McLemore believes that class and a the lack of social advancement causes the poverty corruption of Woodstock.

Marxism, Home, and Habitus – Marxism and pop culture are related through production within capitalism. Capitalism utilizes identity to shape and divide up labor, as well as influence people to spend. Pop culture can transform things or people into commodities, which eventually leads to a commodity advertising other commodities for sale.

Class in the Social world – Income doesn’t determine class. Herbert Gans created five publics tasts and cultures within the American taste hierarchy. These five tastes and cultures all value different things, such as form, show of money, representation, and tradition.

Broadcasting Class – All classes have representation in Tv, but the representation can be inaccurate. Films have an absence of class representation and shows that circumstances are just functions due to certain traits in our lives. Music also lacks class, however artists come from different backgrounds and make references to class or issues.

Class and Modes of Cultural Production – Film and Tv professionals earn a middle to low income, which results them into working other jobs outside production. Actors also do not earn as much as people think. They get paid over minimum wage, but it is not enough to consider them rich.

The Stratification of Reception – Television shows are viewed differently based on gender and class. Andrea Press’ study shows that women of the middle class focus or looks for more feminist actions, while working class women look for accuracy in representation.

The quote,” the interests represented in contemporary popular culture reflect the new American Dream: affluent spending regardless of financial circumstance, devoid of hard work,” (Kidd, 74). This quote shows that popular culture makes society materialistic. We see people living such a luxurious life in the media and it makes us want it as well. If we keep up this dream, people can become corrupted and lose appreciation for what we have.

Post # 2 Sherlyn Talavera

Class Perspective on Popular Culture

This is Shittown

John B McLemore is a resident of Alabama who claims that Woodstock, Alabama is a S-town or in other words “Shittown”. Evidence has proved that due to the social class demographics Woodstock, Alabama is in fact “Shittown”, this is because the state has poor education, is a child molester capital, and has the most poverty.

Marxism, Home, and Habitus

There are several popular culture classes. First it is broken down into Marxism which is then broken into Two types of classes; Proletariat which is the laborers, working class, and Bourgeoisie the wealthy business owners. In Marxism there is capitalism with a system of commodities providing a symbol system such as dominant ideology.

Class in the Social World

There are three classes categories; low, middle, and high class. Since the household income varies and family size varies you cannot determine the class by a specific dollar amount.

Broadcasting Class

When class is represented on TV, generally production companies tend to focus on middle to upper middle class. This represents suburban families that are well off. On the other hand, when productions companies represent lower class they tend to focus on criminals, victims and medical patience usually of a different race.

Class and Modes of Cultural Production

Working as an actor on productions the minimum wage is of a median household. Hollywood has created labor protection such as the Screen Actors Guild that limits options for actors and are not able to perform on a minimum wage.

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