Pop Perspectives: Readings to Critique Contemporary Culture

Pop Perspectives: Readings to Critique Contemporary Culture

1st Edition

By Laura Gray-Rosendale

  • Copyright: 2008

  • Publication Date: Apr 26 2007

  • ISBN 10: 0072933658

  • ISBN 13: 9780072933659



Pop Perspectives provides students with a solid intellectual foundation in critical thinking, reading, writing, and classical argument through up-to-date, popular culture models, exercises, and

Pop Perspectives provides students with a solid intellectual foundation in critical thinking, reading, writing, and classical argument through up-to-date, popular culture models, exercises, and assignments that are immediately relatable to the student's world.

  • Language: English

  • Imprint: McGraw-Hill College

  • Dimension: 7.3 x 9

  • Page Count: 720

New Features

  • Coverage of Analytic Concepts: Part I of Pop Perspectives teaches students about critical thinking, reading, and response; how to use rhetoric to analyze the work of others; and how to write polished argumentative and research papers. These skills prepare students for the demands of writing courses, and for the kinds of writing they may encounter in and out of the classroom.
  • Student Profiles: Each chapter in Part I begins with a profile of former freshmen writing students who describe how they now use their writing skills in their careers and everyday lives.
  • Student Examples: Each chapter in Part I includes compelling examples of student work as models and guides for the classroom.
  • High-Interest Readings: Pop Perspectives features over 50 readings that provide intelligent and diverse perspectives on a broad range of pop-culture topics.
  • Extensive Apparatus: Each reading is accompanied by biographical sketches; detailed questions ranging from reaction to analysis before and after reading; and assignments that challenge students to take action by integrating their ideas into more meaningful patterns, fostering an active and social learning environment.
  • Reading Visuals: Pop Perspectives includes extensive coverage of reading visual media such as stylse, cultural rituals, sports, advertising, television, film, music video, and cyberculture.
  • Flexibility: The book's structure enables it to adapt to a wide variety of needs, accommodating the interests of particular student and teacher interests.






About the Author

PREFACE Reading and Writing about Popular Culture

A Classical Contemporary Textbook

Taking Action

Pop Perspectives and Your Class


Table of Contents


About the Author

PREFACE Reading and Writing about Popular Culture

A Classical Contemporary Textbook

Taking Action

Pop Perspectives and Your Class



CHAPTER 1 Introduction: Culture and Criticism

Considering Culture

Understanding the Pop Perspectives Steps

A Critical Perspective: Strategies for Thinking, Reading, and Responding

Culture and Criticism: Exercising Your Skills

Chapter Summary

CHAPTER 2 Rhetoric and Reading to Write


The Appeals

Checklist For Rhetoric in Written Texts

Reading to Write: Prewriting

Rhetoric in Action: Analyzing a Written Text

Rhetoric in Written Texts: Exercising Your Skills

Checklist For Rhetoric in Visual and Multimedia Texts

Rhetoric in Action: Analyzing a Visual Text

Rhetoric in Visual Texts: Exercising Your Skills

Chapter Summary

CHAPTER 3 Argument, Research, and Writing

Logical Reasoning

The Main Parts of an Argument

Dismantling an Argument

Logical Reasoning and Fallacies: Exercising Your Skills

Research and Writing on Popular Culture: Prewriting, Drafting, and Reflecting

Argument in Action: Revising

Argument, Research, and Writing: Exercising Your Skills

Chapter Summary


(Note: Although included only for the first selection, each reading contains Exercising Your Skills and Taking Action questions.)

CHAPTER 4 Understanding Lives and Jobs


Considering Identities and Work

Overview of Selections: Identities

Overview of Selections: Work


Debra Calling Thunder, Voices of the Invisible

Exercising Your Skills

Before Reading

After Reading

Critical Perspective
Rhetoric and Argument

Taking Action

Torri Minton, Search for What it Means to Be White: More and More Look to Ethnic Identity

Nell Bernstein, Goin' Gangsta, Choosin' Cholita

Tomas Sandoval, On the Merits of Racial Identity

Kiflin Turner, Identity Beyond Stereotypes: African-American Students Search to Find a Niche Beyond the Confines of Racial Myths

Melissa Algranati, Being an Other

Olivia Chung, Finding My Eye-dentity


Sarah Anderson, Wal-Mart’s War on Main Street

Rebecca Piirto Heath, The New Working Class

Eddie R. Cole Jr., Guess Who Else Is Reading Those 'Facebook' Entries?

Scott Adams, The Dilbert Principle

CHAPTER 5 Imagining Spaces, Rituals, and Styles


Considering Spaces, Rituals, and Styles

Overview of Selections: Spaces and Rituals

Overview of Selections: Styles

Spaces and Rituals

James Morrow, X-It Plans

George Carlin, A Place for Your Stuff

Dan Leopard, Micro-Ethnographies of the Screen: The Supermarket

Ad Analysis

Amy L. Best, Coming of Age at the Prom: Adolescence and Popular Culture

Camilo José Vergara, The Ghetto Cityscape

Susan Willis, Disney World: Public Use/Private State


John Molloy, Dress for Success

Ad Analysis

Margaret Talbot, Les Très Riches Heures de Martha Stewart

Warren St. John, Metrosexuals Come Out

Richard Majors and Janet Mancini Billson, Cool Pose

Alison Lurie, The Language of Clothes

CHAPTER 6 Playing Sports


Considering Sports

Overview of Selections: Rethinking Sports

Overview of Selections: Sporting Innovations and Celebrities

Rethinking Sports

Chris Rubio, Throws Like the Girl She Is

Julio Rodriguez, Healing Power: Sports Illustrated, Masculinity, and the 1998 Home Run Race

Abigail M. Feder-Kane, 'A Radiant Smile from the Lovely Lady': Overdetermined Femininity in 'Ladies' Figure Skating

Sporting Innovations and Celebrities

Evan Ratliff, Sports Rule!

Monica Moorehead, Racism, Class and the NBA

Philip J. Deloria, I Am Not a Mascot

Jay Nordlinger, Tiger Time: The Wonder of an American Hero

David Theo Goldberg, Call and Response: Sports, Talk Radio, and the Death of Democracy

Amy Bass, We Don't Suck at Soccer: The Cultural Imperialism of Sports


CHAPTER 7 Analyzing Print Ads and Commercials


Considering Advertising Culture, Images of Diversity, and Representations of Gender

Overview of Selections: Advertising Culture

Overview of Selections: Images of Diversity

Overview of Selections: Representations of Gender

Advertising Culture

Kalle Lasn, The Cult You're In

Wayne Dunn, Advertising Is Good Medicine

Arthur Asa Berger, Sex as Symbol in Fashion Advertising, Checklist for Analyzing Print Advertisements, and A Primer on Analyzing Television Commercials

Ad Analysis

David Ogilvy, What's Wrong with Advertising?

Naomi Klein, No Logo

Images of Diversity

Matthew Reynolds, Pepsi's Nasty Habits?: Commercializing Rock, Race, and Addiction

Ad Analysis

Clint C. Wilson and Félix Gutiérrez, Advertising and People of Color

Gary R. Hicks, Media at the Margins: Homoerotic Appeals to the Gay and Lesbian Community

Representations of Gender

Ad Analysis

Carol Moog, Media Mirrors

Jackson Katz, Advertising and the Construction of Violent White Masculinity

Wanda Coleman, Say It Ain't Cool, Joe

CHAPTER 8 Watching Television


Considering Reality Television, Popular Television Images, and News and Infomercials

Overview of Selections: Reality Television

Overview of Selections: Popular Television Images

Overview of Selections: News and Infomercials

Reality Television

Erin Aubry Kaplan, The Oprah Effect

Amanda A. Putnam, Vote the Bitch Off!

Bob Batchelor, Is This Reality?: The Bachelor Feeds Our Desire for Fame

Anita Creamer, Reality TV Meets Plastic Surgery: An Ugly Shame

Popular Television Images

Ariel Gore, TV Can Be a Good Parent

National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, NAACP Takes a Closer Look at Television Diversity—Diversity: No Laughing Matter

Paul A. Cantor, The Simpsons: Atomistic Politics and the Nuclear Family

Eric Deggans, Grading Hispanic Gains on TV? Start with ABC

News and Infomercials

Neil Postman and Steve Powers, The Bias of Language, The Bias of Pictures

The Economist, Home Alone?

Mark Kingwell, Not Available in Stores

CHAPTER 9 Seeing Movies and Listening to Music


Considering Films and Music

Overview of Selections: Films

Overview of Selections: Music


Susan Pell, Anxiously Entering into the 21st Century: Watching for Changes in Masculinity in Film

Brian L. Ott and Eric Aoki, The Colonization and Commodification of Racial Identities: Stereotyping and Exoticizing Cultural Difference in Rush Hour

Meredith A. Love, Gazing Through Malkovich: Identity and Lesbian Desire in Being John Malkovich

Todd Boyd, So You Wanna Be a Gangsta?

David Denby, High-School Confidential: Notes on Teen Movies

Jill Fields, Romancing the Race Card with Nurse Betty


Josh Delmar Zimmerman, Punk's Not Dead

Jamilah Evelyn, The Miseducation of Hip-Hop—Discrimination in Education

Alisa Valdes-Rodriguez, Crossing Pop Lines: Attention to Latinos Is Overdue, But Sometimes Off-Target

Gavin James Campbell, Britney on the Belle Curve

Lindsey Eck, Defining Country Music

Nathan D. Abrams, 'Homegrown Heroes': Rap Music, Resistance, and Technology

David Laskin, Why I Hate MTV—And Why My Kids Love It

CHAPTER 10 Surfing in Cyberculture and Gaming


Considering Cyberculture and Gaming

Overview of Selections: Rethinking Cyberculture and Gaming

Overview of Selections: Innovations in Technology

Rethinking Cyberculture and Gaming

L. Jean Camp, We Are Geeks, and We Are Not Guys: The Systers Mailing List; and Anita Borg, On the Mailing List Systers, from Computing Research News, September 1994

Amy Harmon, Virtual Sex, Lies and Cyberspace

Fredrick L. McKissack Jr., Cyberghetto: Blacks Are Falling Through the Net

G. Beato, Girl Games

Brian Cowlishaw, Playing War: The Emerging Trend of Real Virtual Combat in Current Video Games

Glen Martin, Internet Indian Wars: Native Americans Are Fighting to Connect the 550 Nations—in Cyberspace

Innovations in Technology

Mark Slouka, The Illusion of Life Is Dearly Bought

Erin Jansen, Texting and Creative Screenagers :-)

Ralph Lombreglia, In Games Begin Responsibilities

John Marr, Confessions of an eBay Addict





About the Authors

Laura Gray-Rosendale

Laura Gray-Rosendale is Associate Professor of English and Director of the S.T.A.R. (Successful Transition and Academic Retention) Summer Writing Bridge program at Northern Arizona University. She specializes in Rhetoric and Composition, teaching graduate and undergraduate classes in cultural studies and visual rhetoric, the history of rhetoric, gender studies, and literacy theory. Along with over thirty articles and book chapters, Gray-Rosendale has published Rethinking Basic Writing: Exploring Identity, Politics, and Community in Interaction (Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, 2000), Alternative Rhetorics: Challenges to the Rhetorical Tradition with Sibylle Gruber (SUNY Press, 2001), Fractured Feminisms: Rhetoric, Context, and Contestation with Gil Harootunian (SUNY Press, 2003), and Radical Relevance: Toward a Scholarship of the “Whole Left” with Steven Rosendale (SUNY Press, 2004). Gray-Rosendale’s current research is related to two projects—one centering upon autobiography and identity and one concerning the marginalized voices of Basic Writers living in the southwest.