Review your two chosen popular culture artifacts. Review your Final Project Worksheet from Week 1 and any feedback received. Spend some time looking at the student-contributed resources posted in Doc Sharing. (Note:You will need to use at least one of these for this milestone.) Consider the following: How does the distribution mechanism control the issues addressed in the artifacts’ content? Determine who controls the distribution of your chosen popular culture elements. In what ways does the controller of distribution affect the shared experience of the audience and community? Keep in mind that a community may be local, regional, national, or global. Be specific in your discussion.
My Artifact: Hotel California
The “artifact” that I am choosing to discuss for this week is music, and it is a song that I have had as my favorite since I first heard it back in 1977. I probably can say a couple of lines or even a word from it and everyone would know what I am talking about. As I was describing this assignment to my husband and my daughter and asked them individually what song do you think I am going to write about they of course know right away which song it is. How do I know it is popular? It made it to the top of the charts in 1977 when it came out, The Rolling Stone Magazine listed it as “the 49th greatest song of all time” (Shauna, 2014). When you think about a song and words and the meaning of a song or what grabs you about it, I think it is the guitar sounds in this and the music. At first I didn’t know what they were singing half the time except the first few words of the song… “On a Dark Desert Highway Cool Wind in my hair” (The Eagles,1976)…… Need I say more? By saying just a few words from a song and having everyone know what song it is or what words come next, you know it is popular. Music is one of those things that can take us back in time to the place and memories of things that we did during that time. Some songs can make you remember exactly what you were doing at a certain time when the song plays, you can feel yourself back at that moment.
How did the artifact first come to your attention? How did you find it, or how did it find you?
I can remember myself riding home from school, on the dreaded school bus and hearing that song on the radio for the first time. I was so intrigued by the sound of the guitars and the sounds and the words, Welcome to the Hotel California. This is when I started to recognize certain bands having similar sounds to their songs and realized that I loved the sounds and the music of The Eagles.
What is My Personal Connection to the artifact
My sister and I would listen to the songs over and over again, and sing them pretending to hold microphones. That was back when a house had one stereo, or television, every kid didn’t have their own ipod or smart phone attached to their ears in their own world, we listened together and the music connected us (Sternberg, 2013). When I turned 18 my sister and I drove to our first concert from Joliet to Alpine Valley to see the Eagles: The Long Run Tour. My kids all know how much I love this music and my daughter actually flew me out to California where she lives and took me to the “History of the Eagles” concert last October. I have to say they still sounded amazing, and it is a special memory for me, and her.
I know this song is old, I am old, but the great thing about pop culture is that I can like what I like and listen to what I like and pretty much tune out the rest. Technology today has made this possible, I can use my apple music and upload all the Eagles music I want, I can make a Spotify Eagles Radio Station. Like the article said in Pop Culture, I am my own “Emporer of personalized popularity” (Sternberg, 2013). Who cares if the band was popular 40 years ago, they must still be pretty popular if they are still performing to sold out crowds who will pay hundreds of dollars per ticket to see them. The lyrics to this song have been debated over for interpretation by so many that there are websites that list the different interpretations of it. People have ideas of the meaning, being anything from Satanism to drug addiction, to a rehab facility. The website that I found last night had an entry from a man who teaches English in Thailand. Ajaan Rob from Chiangmai, Thailand, wrote that he uses this song to teach English to his students, because all of their parents know the song (SongFacts, 2015). He assigns each group a stanza to interpret and discuss the meaning of that stanza. They have to describe what it is saying, in detail. Who would have thought that a song about who knows what really, could take on such a life of it’s own. This Song Facts Website has some 499 comments as to what people think the true meaning of the song is.
As for me, I don’t really think about it really, I just sing it. As for what the lyrics really mean? Don Henly, the primary lyricist of the song says that it is a description of the “dark underbelly of the American Dream, and about excess in America, which is something we knew a lot about” (Shauna, 2014). Whatever the meaning, I think it is a great song, and one that I love to hear and sing along with. I love the music to it I love the guitar battle at the end of the song and the introduction to the song. I can’t say there is a deep sentimental meaning to it, but it holds a lot of special memories of my youth, and with my own family.
Shauna, W. (2014, November). NO. 20 Eagles Hotel California Top 100 Classic Rock Songs. Retrieved October 15, 2015, from Ultimate Cloassic Rock: http://ultimateclassicrock.com/eagles-hotel-california-top-100-classic-rock-songs/
SongFacts. (2015). The Eagles, Hotel California. Retrieved October 15, 2015, from SongFacts.com: http://www.songfacts.com/detail.php?songimage=1121
Sternberg, A. (2013, September 8). What Was Is and Will Be Popular, The Driving Forces of Pop Culture. Retrieved October 15, 2015, from The New York Times.com: http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2013/09/08/magazine/the-culture-package.html?_r=1&#/#item_01
Final Project Worksheet
In Week 5 you submit your Final Project. In Weeks 1 through 4 of the course, you work on Milestones that serve as building blocks for the Final Project. This worksheet is the Week 1 Milestone Assignment and must be submitted by Day 7.
Respond by typing directly into the boxes provided below. Please keep this worksheet, because you will refer to it throughout the term.
For the Final Project, you will complete a 1,500- to 2,000-word paper that looks deeply at a single social issue across multiple popular culture artifacts.
Choose one of the following social issues:
• Social and economic class
• Indecency/free speech
My chosen issue is:
Ethnicity which means shared cultural values in a given population whose actions might affect the minority population with a different social background.
I am interested in this issue because (100–150 words): Include one reference to an academically relevant source, either from our classroom, the Walden Library, or Google Scholar, that speaks to your interest in the issue.
I am interested in the issue of ethnicity because it forms the physical attributes of people that enable them to understand clearly the world in which they live. The overview of this issue is important in analyzing the progress that the society has made in addressing various problems like racial discrimination, inequality and social injustices. I am also interested in this issue to clarify the role of the media in shaping the way people think about different ethnicities in their daily lives (Cotter, 2006). The overall analysis of ethnicity tends to also enables people to suspend all their biases by taking a cultural relativity. Lastly, this issue is also important as it gives an understanding of different backgrounds and racial diversities as well as their impacts on the individuals.
Select artifacts from the following categories:
• Episodic moving image (TV shows—may be broadcast or streamed)
• Music videos
• Animation (general animation/cartoons such as Disney or Warner Brothers, or genre-specific animation such as Japanese anime)
• Printed material (books, magazines, manga, comic books, or graphic novels)
Using the resources available in the classroom, the Walden Library, or Google Scholar, identify at least two quotes, listing full reference details that speak to at least two of the above categories and your chosen issue. Following the examples provided below, fill in the information on the quotes you have identified.
“It is realistic to say that inequality in general exists, but especially inequality of opportunity within the labor force.”
Cotter, A. M. (2006). Race Matters: An International Legal Analysis of Race Discrimination. Burlington: Ashgate Publishing Ltd.
“Cotton on roadside, cotton on the ditch, We all picked the cotton but we never got rich, Daddy was a veteran, a southern democrat…”