Undergraduate Catalog 2017-2018
AMS 241 Popular Culture and Mass Society
4 hours; 4 credits
Popular entertainment as the expression of American cultural values: television, radio, music, and sports; westerns, detective stories, and soap operas. Functional analysis of entertainment as the myth and ritual of mass society. The problems of aesthetic standards in a culture dominated by commercialized taste. Relationships between popular entertainment and political values. Readings from Durkheim, Ellul, McLuhan, Nye, and Browne. (TALA) NOTE: This course satisfies the College Option.
Prerequisite: ENG 111
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