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These are the major terms and concepts I want you to master for the upcoming examination. This list will evolve as we progress throughout the course. Please remember that this review is designed to highlight ideas and concepts that will be found on the test. It is not complete and will be revised until the day before the examination. The review does not include every word that will appear on the exam; it merely serves to guide your study of the texts, notes, web resources, and other materials employed throughout this course.


• Schudson's essay: general thesis, definition of popular culture, Horkheimer and Adorno and the Culture Industry, hegemony, Janice Radway's Reading the Romance, Dichotomy of the dupe and the critic, pop culture appropriation and co-optation
• Hull's essay: general thesis, Foucault's notion of pre-modern power (The Spectacle of the Scaffold), Five strategies of micro-politics
• Gray's essay: general thesis, media literacy, critical Intertextuality
• Mayer's essay: general thesis, self-commodification, political economy, Miller v. California
• Grindstaff and DeLuca's essay: general thesis, synecdoche, terror-as-rhetoric, various identities for Pearl's body, debate about Pearl video
• Tripp's essay: general thesis, masculine epiphany films, post-industrial capitalism, remediation
• Cooper's essay: general thesis, relevance as a concept, three relevances in Thelma & Louise
• Film as equipment for living
• Ehrenhaus's essay: general thesis, secular jeremiad, Jean-Luc Godard's claim about anti-war films, Vietnam Syndrome, Americanization of the Holocaust
• Owen's essay: general thesis, post-Vietnam War cinema and the "route to salvation," witnessing, resacrilizing the gun
• Klien's essay: general thesis, neo-patriotism, Jean Baudrillard's simulacra (and hyperreality)
• Bruno's essay: general thesis, flânerie, movie “palaces” as sites for tourism, film provides a hyperreal spectacle of the city, Bruno’s feminism
• Baglia's essay: general thesis, interventionist preventative medicine, detaching ED from the psychological domain, stereotypes of male identity, the rhetoric of “intimacy” in Viagra advertisements


• Wahl-Jorgensen's essay: general thesis, dialogist, activist, and exhibitionist writing, Jürgen Habermas’s notion of the ideal public sphere, counter-publics
• Striphas's essay: general thesis, Janice Radway and Tania Modleski's influence on this piece, feminist aesthetics, actuality, Dialectic with the Everyday
• Watts's essay: general thesis, whiteness studies, the role of myth in the construction of whiteness
• Hess's essay: general thesis, three strategies (and artist examples): immersion, imitation, inversion
• Course definition of whiteness studies: "Reveals, complicates, and critiques the historical and contemporary construction of white racial and ethnic identity and privilege"
• Shefrin's essay: general thesis, participatory fandom, Pierre Bourdieu's theory of cultural production, four periods of pre-production, production, circulation, and consumption, media-as-shareware, concealed totalism
• Lindemann's essay: general thesis, role of communicative competence; the need for textual artistry, technological sophistication, and evocation of bodily presence; the need for editability of online personae
• Harold's essay: general thesis, culture jamming, pranking, Guy Debord and the Situationists, détournement, disciplinary society, control society
• DeLuca and Peeples's essay: general thesis, Jürgen Habermas and the public sphere, public screen, remediation, hypermediacy, mind bombs