Marilyn Diptych 1962, by Andy Warhol; Tate Gallery & Wikimedia
"An ambiguous concept by most accounts, “popular culture” first became a widely used term in the mid-19th century in reference to the culture of the masses, as opposed to elite, or high culture.
Although anthropologists have arguably studied aspects of popular culture for a long time—particularly with reference to dance or music as foci of study—understanding the contributions of these fields to popular culture, and the effect that popular culture studies have had on these fields, is an important clarifying contribution.
However, it is undeniable that now “popular culture” is most often used in reference to industrial societies. This is especially true since the term began to be most widely used in the post–Industrial Revolution era.
Popular culture has changed as a concept throughout the decades, often because of how different technologies and fields reinvent it. We see this clearly in television and music, as well as in the current new media age. Now the term is commonly shortened to “pop” culture and is not always directly associated with a sense of non-elite positioning. Although closely aligned with subaltern studies historically for its anti-elite positioning, it has largely dropped connotations of socioeconomic class today; however, it is still used to reference mass culture, or mainstream experiences in the everyday Western world."
modern popular culture transmitted via mass media and aimed particularly at younger people. Source: Dictionary.com
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Readings on Pop Culture
An Introduction to Theories of Popular Culture
by Dominic Strinati
Call Number: HM621 .S834 2004
Publication Date: 2004-07-09
Cultural Theory and Popular Culture
by John Storey
Call Number: CB19 S743 2009
Publication Date: 2009-01-06
Rhetoric in Popular Culture
by Barry S. Brummett
Call Number: P301 B67 2015
Publication Date: 2014-01-28
Selected Pop Culture / Pop Fiction Works in Bad Feminist
by Claire Vaye Watkins
Call Number: PS3623.A869426 B38 2012
Publication Date: 2012-08-02
by Megan Abbott
Call Number: Ames Public Library: Adult Fiction: ABBOTT M
"...Set in Missouri, the story begins as a mystery that follows the events surrounding Nick Dunne, who becomes the primary suspect in the sudden disappearance of his wife, Amy" Available at ISU Library: Media Center DVD 007 176
Starring Charlize Theron "Mavis Gary (Charlize Theron) as "... a divorced, alcoholic 37-year-old ghost writer of a series of young adult novels, who is on deadline with her editor to finish the last book of the soon-to-be-cancelled series." Available at ISU Library: Media Center DVD 005 749