Monday, 28 November 2011

Notes From Postmodernism and Popular Culture by Angela McRobbie

McRobbie Angela, (1994), Postmodernism and Popular Culture, USA, Roulledge

1. Post Modernity and Cultural Studies

  • "Unlike the various strands of structuralist criticism, Postmodernism considers images as they relate to and across each other." (McRobbie, 1994: 12)
  • makes no connections with life today and practise of cultural analysis, subject is frustrating because of this
  • Postmodernism challenges Modernism's hostility of mass culture
  • Focussed on memorable 'Text and it's 'purity' from semiological and structuralist critism
  • entered a diverse number of volcabaries spreading out from art history to youth culture magazines, record sleeves and fashion spreads
  • Baudrillard explores sudden Post Modernist movement as 'exposure to harsh and inexorable light of information and communication
  • symbolically, the image assumes contemporary domiance, not possible to talk of image and reality, media and society - each pair has become intertwined
  • Images push their way to our social lives control how we look and what we earn
  • compete through attention of shock tactics reassurance, sex and mystery - inviting viewers to participate in a series of 'visual puzzles'
  • Art, writing, film making and criticism of women - added whole new dimension to critique of high modernism and alternative forms of culture
  • Postmodernism appeals to a number of young people, new generation of intellectuals because they are experiencing impermanent work and low career oppurntunities  

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