CSTU 101, Week 1 Notes
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WESTERN CULTURE: CSTU 101: Week 1 What is Cultural Studies? The study of culture: The study of how a culture expresses it’s values through the creation, preservation, and transmission of ideas and works of art Modes of Expression o Visual o Literary o Performance Art Modes of Reflection o Philosophy o History o Religion American Values American Expressions or Cultural Representations Safety Hunger Games: Protection Freedom Freedom Competition Celebrations Democracy Freedom of expression Kardashians: Work ethic Wealth Individualism Judgement Excess Vanity Privacy Remember the Titans: Competition Equality Democracy Victory Capitalism Strength American Idol: Wealth “American Dream” “American Dream Patriotism National Anthem Patriotism Civil Rights Movement Equality A culture seeks to maintain the things that it views as important We’re hypnotized by Culture: Social Media: Culture Critics Bias: One sides opinion Ways we’re hypnotized: Perception: How we see things Language: How we describe things Habit: What we’re used to Ignorance: What we don’t/do know o Sharing memes or articles that you have not fact checked o Continuing to express an opinion or engage in an argument without properly examining it o Ultimately ignorance is a choice o SNOPES.COM –site that will fact check news reports for yourecommended by my Professor and I thought I’d pass it along! Moving away from Cultural Bias: What are the underlying causes of cultural bias? (What causes them/inspires them?) o Media o Desire for comfort o Grown up with o Taught o Negativism o Age How do we overcome them? o Education o Striving to be more open minded o Willingness to be uncomfortable o New perspective o Willingness to question Dominate vs. Subdominate Cultures: Dominate Cultures: Cultural expressions that hold the majority of positions of social power in a society, often seen as superior by those in their own camp SubDominate Culture: Cultural expressions that hold the minority of positions of social power in a society, often seen as inferior by the dominate culture, but not always st Cultural artifacts of 21 Century Values Socail Media SelfExpression Selfies Entertainment Memes Selfimage Netflix Connection (global) Spotify Selfabsorbed Blogs Viral videos Not all of the values expressed by artifacts are true about all people of a culture Looking at historical cultures it’s like looking at the “Las Vegas” of a culture Culture and Nostalgia: Nostalgia: a sentimental longing or wistful affection for the past, typically for a period or place with happy personal associations o Why is pop culture addicted to its own past? o Is pervasive nostalgia normal? o Is there something wrong with being fixated on the past? Culture, Civilization, and the First Humans Culture: The customs, arts, social institutions, and achievements of a particular nation, people or other social group Civilization: A society or place with an advanced stage of social development and organization o The Stone Age: (30,000 BCE2,300 BCE) Considered PreHistoric or PreHistory Dwellings: Caves, trees, under rock ledges, already standing habitats not requiring much effort or time Huntergatherers and nomadic society o Paleolithic Age: (~40,000 BCE10,000 BCE) Manmade tools Discovery of fire Art Forms: cave paintings, relief sculptures, carvings, stone figurines, musical instruments Values: Survival, community o Neolithic Revolution: (10,000 BCE4,000 BCE/ 2,000 BCE [dates vary]) Agriculture/ domestication of plants and animals Settles communities Walls created for protection Pottery for storage
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