Robin Thicke’s Blurred Lines and Miley Cyrus’s performance of Blurred Lines at the 2013 VMA’s
Journal Entry for September 12 (due September 19) Weekly Question:What is your critical response to the controversies surrounding both Robin Thicke’s Blurred Lines and Miley Cyrus’s performance of Blurred Lines at the 2013 VMA’s? In what ways does this particular song and its performance at the VMA’s illustrate the complex intersection of gendered and racialized power dynamics?
Journal entry for September 19 Weekly Question: Explain how popular culture may be understood as a terrain of exchange and negotiation. What are the possible pros and cons of this exchange and negotiation? What is the role of “hegemony” in this exchange and negotiation?
Pop Culture Journal entry for September 26. Weekly Question: For both Mulvey and hooks the gaze is about power, and more specifically the power to regulate other people or to assert your own power. Using the ideas of the gaze as outlined in these two articles identify a space in popular culture where you see the gaze operating. Explain how it works to regulate the particular space that it is found in. Discuss the consequences and or ramifications of this gaze. If possible, suggest a means for one to subvert this gaze with an ¿oppositional gaze¿
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