This project fives you the opportunity to learn about pop culture in two ways. Working in your textbook teams, you will present an analysis of a contemporary pop culture artifact to the class, and then you will explore the pop cultural expression of an American myth. You will present your analyses to the class on Wednesday, February 11.
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Your group will do two pop culture analyses: you will show the significance of a pop culture artifact, and you will trace an American "myth" through pop culture. The details of your presentation are below:
Myth: The US is a nation with a special destiny and mission. We are the world's leader and protector of democracy and human rights.
Beliefs and Values: America is a "city on a hill." American democracy is the only valid social/governmental structure. We must make the world safe for democracy.
Icons: G.I. Joe, the American Eagle
Heroes: Joe Luis (beat Nazi Max Schmeling for heavyweight figher of the world), Louis Zamperini
Celebrities: Olympic medalists, "American Snyper" Chris Kyle
Negative Stereotypes: Muslims, Foreigners
Positive Stereotypes: Peace Corps volunteers
Rituals: pledge of allegiance, "God Bless America" during 7th inning stretch, "Star Spangled Banner" before sporting events.
Arts: Rocky IV (knocks out a communist), Neil Diamond's "America"