For my post I wanted to focus on a section of the Sellnow reading. At the end of page six and the start of page seven Sellnow talks about why we study popular culture. The opening sentence of this section says "Because popular culture consists of everyday objects, actions, and events, people sometimes fail to see the rationale for studying it." That however is the exact reason that we should be studying it. If it is a part of our everyday life we should be concentrating on it. What reinforces this is the next section of this text. Popular culture can persuade us even when we are not expecting it to. The reason then seems obvious to study popular culture. If we can be persuaded by something and it is something we encounter daily it would seem obvious there is a need to study it. However, the most interesting part to me is the double standard that we have for popular culture. I love the comic that is in the Sellnow text book. Figure 1.1 Editorial Cartoon depicts a couple watching Sex and the City with a graphic saying, "70% of Americans say they fear that TV, Movies and pop music are lowering American morals, yet Hollywood has no lack of customers for its products..." Then the couple says, "Well, it's not our morals we're worried about..." and "It's all those other people!"
This brings me to my question that I wanted to ask. Do you think that even though you are studying pop culture and I am guess that most of us already view pop culture critically but even then do you think that you are affected by all the different things you consume daily. Also do you think that because you study pop culture does that make you or us immune?
To try and answer my own question I think that we are still affected and we do think that we are not. I think the only time we would say that we are affected is in a situation like this. For example, if confronted we will admit that we are not immune however, I think that subconsciously we think that we are immune. However, please let me know if you agree or disagree.