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Module 3: Culture

Module 3: Culture

Keep in mind that your posts should be at least 4 sentences long and show that you have worked on the module materials. After posting your comment you are required to respond to at least one of your classmate’s post. Your responses should engage the original poster and should show that you have read and gave their comments some thought. I will be following your posts and comments and will join with mine from time to time.

Are there any songs you have liked until you realized that the song was about something else you didn’t notice before? This is can be a good example of the symbolic content of cultural goods being open to interpretation.
Can you pick a widely accepted element of American culture and try to come up with some factors/forces that might have led to its emergence in the first place? (Here are some ideas: Individualism, competitiveness, baseball, hamburgers or anything else you can think of)
The chapter discusses how Goth subculture have been co-opted and commodified; from suburban shopping malls to characters in mainstream TV shows. Can you think of any other subculture that has been co-opted and commodified in a similar way?
Do you think culture industries drive consumer tastes or consumer tastes drive cultural production? Find an example to make your case.