CMNS 358: Popular Culture and the Media Report a Broken Link

CMNS 358: Popular Culture and the Media focuses on contemporary popular culture. It examines movies, television shows, songs, and fiction, and various critical approaches to these cultural artifacts. The course situates the contemporary study of popular culture within the framework of classical rhetoric and also within recent notions of mass society and mass communication.

Unit 1


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Unit 2


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Unit 3


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Unit 4


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Unit 5: Required Readings



Elvis Presley. "Hound Dog" Posted on YouTube. Uploaded 2008.
Elvis Presley. "Love Me Tender" Posted on YouTube. Uploaded 2011.
Little Richard. “Long Tall Sally” Posted on YouTube. Uploaded 2008.
Led Zeppelin. "Rock and Roll“ Posted on YouTube. Uploaded 2009.
Chuck Berry. “Maybelline.” Posted on YouTube. Uploaded 2007.
Beatles. "Roll Over Beethoven" Posted on YouTube. Uploaded 2010.
Beatles. "Eleanor Rigby" Posted on last.fm
Jimi Hendrix. "Purple Haze" Posted on last.fm
The Doors. "The End" Posted on YouTube. Uploaded 2010.
Janis Joplin. "Piece of My Heart." Live in Germany, 1968. Posted on YouTube. Uploaded 2009.
Don McLean. "American Pie" Posted on YouTube. Uploaded 2008.
Kraftwerk. "Autobahn". Posted on YouTube. Uploaded 2009.
The Clash. "London Calling". Live in Tokyo, 1982. Posted on YouTube. Uploaded 2011.
Peter Gabriel. "Sledgehammer." Official video, 1986. Posted on YouTube. Uploaded 2013.
Vanilla Ice. "Ice Baby" Posted on YouTube. Uploaded 2009.
Madonna. "Papa Don't Preach" Posted on YouTube. Uploaded 2011.
Salt-n-Pepa. "Shoop." Live at NBA All Star Weekend, 1994. Klassic ThrowbackTV. YouTube. Uploaded 2013.
Lady Gaga. "Bad Romance" official version. VarietyOfMusic. YouTube. Uploaded 2009.
PSY. "Gangnam Style." Original HD 720p. Posted on YouTube. Uploaded 2012.
U2. "Where the Streets Have No Name" Posted on YouTube. Uploaded 2009.
The Kinks. "Waterloo Sunset"  Posted on YouTube. Uploaded 2007.

Unit 6


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Charlie Chaplin. "Modern Times" 1936. Posted on vimeo.com

Unit 7


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Unit 8


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Unit 9


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Unit 10


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Unit 11


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Unit 12


Supplementary Readings


Unit 13


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