Assessment: Constructing a Pop Culture Inventory
Every day we make a variety of choices regarding the clothing we wear, the food we eat, the entertainments we seek out and the products we buy. For several days, compile an inventory of every artifact of popular culture that you come into contact with - music videos, fast food establishments, comic books, etc. After compiling this inventory, compose a 700-1050 word essay which addresses the following questions:
1) What patterns are identifiable in the list of pop culture artifacts in your inventory? Are certain sorts of items more common than others; are there themes that seem to be more prevalent? If so, are these patterns indicative of a fad (a short-term influence) or a trend (a long-term, sustained change in culture)?
2) What values are being communicated in the items in the compiled inventory? Are convenience, pleasure and gratification emphasized? Health, pursuit of wealth, social responsibility?
3) To what extent do you feel that the values imported by popular culture have directly impacted your personal decision-making? Do you consider yourself very aware of the influence of popular culture on your decision-making? Or has the influence been more sub-conscious?