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This class explores popular culture media texts - television shows, films, books, websites, and the like - as sites of ongoing negotiation and contest about the values of public life. Our goal is to unpack these texts with the aid of communication scholarship, within a broader cultural studies standpoint. Our methods are qualitative and critical, and our goal is to reveal things in these texts that most people fail to notice. Given that we seek to study contemporary popular culture, our readings (with few exceptions) will be drawn from recent scholarship.