At 5 I was already singing “Like a Virgin” and dancing around my poor traumatized Nana’s living room – watching 2 hour features of Cosby episodes, and by the time I was eight years old, I was convinced I was going to Mrs. Kirk Cameron – aka Mike Seaver (before he went all crazy religious of course!).
That’s the thing about Pop Culture – it really has the ability to connect people who really might not have anything in common. Very little of my life in India looked like the shows I was watching, the people around me certainly did not – but there was still a feeling of connection with what we watched. It also allowed me to have instant connections with friends I made years later in Toronto – it was hard enough being the new Indian kid, but having little common themes to talk about – whether it was knowing the cast of 90210, or being able to sing Nirvana songs it certainly make the world a bit flatter and a bit more familiar.
I am excited about this course – as I’ve always been a pop culture fan, but must admit in recent years have also been alarmed at some of the recurring themes of violence and sex – and even scarier sexualized violence that seems to be cropping up in today’s pop culture. Now as a mother of two young girls – I don’t want to turn into an old crow who bans all pop culture media from our house, instead I want to understand it and learn about – so that I can teach my kids to find a way to enjoy pop culture, while understanding and analyzing the messages it’s teaching them.