Popular culture is the stage where a mass identity is rallied and organized in a quasi-revolutionary Marxist way by the people, enacting their social rights. Conversely, it is also a realm in which a culture industry produces and distributes things that are passively and hegemonically consumed by the masses, ultimately dominated by a ruling capitalist class.

These two perspectives of popular culture conflict, they are polar opposites. One assumes a purely Marxist role and the other a wholly capitalist perspective. It can easily be posited that popular culture lies somewhere in between those two along a spectrum; popular culture is a struggle, a cultural battlefield as Stuart Hall called it, where the material and symbolic representations of the popular culture, figures like Lady Gaga or Katy Perry, attempt to push the limits of the society’s ideologies and simultaneously are bound and held back by the same culture industry.

According to Douglas Kellner, the notion of pleasure is intertwined within a complex interaction between Foucault definitions of power and knowledge, and pleasure itself runs the gamut between “good” and “evil.” The idea for this blog came from the idea that social change can most easily occur with a Gandhian idea of individual change. Through individual change among a population, a major revolution in cultural ideologies can occur. What remains at question is whether the old culture was “good” or “bad” and whether the new culture is “better” or “worse.” This blog embraces multiple perspectives and thus does not have a specific “Marxist,” “feminist,” or “capitalist” agenda, rather looks at issues in pop culture from many angles and rather than accusing one view as better or worse, it subjectively offers criticism, analysis, and suggestions. The basic idea is that something always occurs within a broader cultural context that must be addressed in order to take on any critical role in its analysis. From an anthropological point of view, it analyzes not what is wrong with pop culture, but it simply asks critical questions about pop culture. Hopefully there will be more questions asked than suggestions, answers, or complaints.

The name comes from a joke about everything being “meta” something. Any transcendent thing is “meta.” A transcended moth is a “metamoth,” an introspective look at metaculture is “metametaculture.” Metapop plays on that theme in light of the idea of individual change for social change–I have gone beyond popular culture and look at what is popular from a selfish point of view, not necessarily my own, but of others as well. But ultimately this will be extremely subjective and self-introspective, so another possible name could be along the lines of “metaself.”


1 Response to “About”

  1. 1 Apryl Berney 19 April 2011 at 9:04 am

    Excellent about page. I especially appreciated the application of course readings and material.

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