That was the name of a course I took when I was an undergraduate in the field of Speech -Communication. That class focused on the movies, music and tv of its time and I really enjoyed it. I was pop culture savvy at the time and thrived on all things contemporary.
I am still intrigued with pop culture but feel so removed from it. I suspect that this distance is common with people who are old enough to remember vividly the Summer of Love but that doesn't make it acceptable to me. How does this happen? How is it that younger people can be infused with pop culture while older people are distanced? Or are they?
Really, I want to know this. I want to know how I can rejoin the popular culture. Or is it even possible? I get distracted by a demanding profession. That profession does involve teenagers so you would think that might help and it does - a little. I also get overwhelmed with the abundance in the culture. How do you make time to stay tuned in to new music, new technology, new movies especially when your first impulse is to read and do physical things outside? Do I make myself not read the contemporary fiction and non fiction (leaning the most toward biography, sociology, and philosophy) but rather read lots of blogs and on line periodicals? And I'm not talking about being plugged into celebrities. I don't really care about them. I am talking about being plugged into the ideas that make the culture alive now.
For those of you that fancy the pop culture, what is the route I should take? Four years ago I secured a part time job at an Apple store mostly because I wanted to develop Apple acumen. I did. I gained a lot of knowledge but I also wore myself out (I was still working my "real" job). That attempt at staying current was fun but too much. My best connections to now include Jon Stewart, Stephen Colbert, Wired, The Atlantic, The Rumpus, other websites, and, of course, my own kids who are in their 20's and plugged in. What avenues would any of you recommend for touching the ideas that float around the culture these days?