Pop Art - A Great Way to Learn History
Pop Culture (short for popular culture) is the totality of ideas, perspectives, attitudes, images, and other phenomena that are deemed preferred per an informal consensus within the mainstream of a given culture, especially Western culture of the early to mid 20th century and the emerging global mainstream of the late 20th and early 21st century. Heavily influenced by mass media, this collection of ideas permeates the everyday lives of the society. By contrast, folklore refers to the cultural mainstream of more local or pre-industrial societies.
This semester, I am teaching a writing course using Pop Culture as the theme. Students learn to synthesize their ideas from various sources, rather than repeating "I think, I believe, I feel" dozens of times in a single essay. To succeed, students must become aware of diverse aspects of world culture they do not often learn in History courses, which too frequently stress date memorization. Through pop art, students become familiar with historical time periods without realizing they are experiencing history. The result: better writing, supported by a synthesis of factual information.
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