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Popular Culture Popular culture is defined here as popular written literature and broadcasting popular music consumer products everything from trash compacters to video games from cars to religious videos popular dance and theater video games certain decorative arts sports and recreation and other cultural aspects of social life distinguished by their broad-based presence across ethnic social and regional groupings For students of popular culture books and magazines are important as are music and recorded sound television and radio broadcasts prints and photographs motion pictures newspapers and a variety of artifacts and archives The study of popular culture reveals American political patterns of why dominant hegemonic forms of culture often opposecause cultures of resistance those of marginalized races gender discrepancies and youth aspects of culture It would interesting to understand and discuss the politics involved in the production and consumption of popular culture We Arent the World American culture is not dominating the globe In the mid-1990s the well- known French filmmaker Claude Berri warned that without protection from American cultural exports European culture is finished He had plenty of pessimistic company In that era French Culture Minister Jack Lang spoke in terms of Americas irrepressible cultural imperialism The popularity of a work like Jurassic Park was identified as a threat to others national identity Strict programming quotas were enacted to prevent US-made TV shows from overwhelming foreign prime time Meanwhile scholars such as Herbert Schiller had worked out theories explaining how the American political empire was founded on its expanding communications empire and critics such as Ariel Dorfman were busy publicizing the poisonous imperialistic messages buried in the adventures of such despoilers as Donald Duck Today similar jeremiads are blowing as strong as ever The leading prophet of cultural doom these days is Benjamin R Barber an academic growing hoarse as he warns against the dull global monoculture he thinks is being imposed by American capitalism See Tempest in a Coffeepot January But mounting evidence
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