Throughout this course you have learned that “the term popular culture refers to

Throughout this course you have learned that “the term popular culture refers to the pattern of cultural experiences and attitudes that exist in mainstream society” (Lumen). In a nutshell, popular culture is “aimed at the tastes of the masses.”
But within our American culture – and within cultures across the globe – are numerous subcultures whose “cultural values and behavioral patterns [are] distinctive of a particular group in a society.” The late celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain, whose television programs focused on international culture and cuisine, said this about the culinary world he connected with “I’m asked a lot what the best thing about cooking for a living is. And it’s this: to be a part of a subculture…a secret society with its own language and customs.”
In my own younger years of the 1970’s Trekkies were a subculture of Star Trek fans who went “above and beyond in their expression of admiration for the [1960’s television] show.” Most people at the time considered Trekkies weird, geeky, immature, attention-seeking science nerds. The 1999 movie comedy Galaxy Quest, satirizes this group of sci-fi admirers.
Yet, today there are thousands of subcultures like the Trekkies: subcultures like Weeaboos, Bronys, China Dolls, Sneakerheadz, Harlistas, Furrys, Steampunkers, Neo-Nazi’s, Walking Dead Girls, Hip Hop, Goths, Hippies, Foodies, Graffiti artists….certainly you can add to this list.
YouTube contributor Mayuri Sajnani says this about the connectivity of subculture, “It gives youth a chance to express themselves and helps people who consider themselves minorities to find a place they belong in. Subculture aims to unite not divide; to label but not define.”
Writing Prompt:
After looking at subculture documentaries on Kanopy or other film-on-demand forums, chose a subculture that peaks your interest (perhaps it’s even a subculture that you belong to) and write a 4 page paper discussing its values, traditions, and identity.
Utilize a minimum of 3 outside sources from Kanopy, library database, and/or relevant on-line sources.
Feel free to use personal interviews as well (these are additional to the minimum 3 noted above) You can also include up to two illustrations (no larger than 3”x3”).
Cite all sources in MLA format (in-text and parenthetical citations).
Here are a few things to consider discussing when writing your paper:
Which part of the population is drawn to this subculture and why?
Do factors like age, location, socio-economics, religion, ethnicity, profession, and gender act as a draw to this counter culture?
Is this subculture shunned or frowned upon? How and why?
What misconceptions surround the subculture?
How does this subculture unite its followers ? (this can include emotionally, socially, and intellectually).
Are there specific events like conventions or on-line forums that unite them?
Essay Structure:
*Fully developed Introduction with Hook/Bridge/Thesis – review the handouts
**Strong Body Paragraphs with Topic Sentences following the 1-2-3-4-5-2-3-4-5-6 idea – review handouts. No one-page paragraphs here – break them up into smaller chunks!
***Fully developed Concluding paragraph – review the handouts
4 pages in length (4-page minimum for a passing grade) MLA Format
**at least 3 outside sources – all sources color-coded within the essay and on the Works Cited
***Typed Outline following MLA Format
****Works Cited Page in Noodletools
*****Check vocabulary, grammar, and punctuation.

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