（Gender and Popular Culture: Boys and Girls, East and West）
Who are you? More importantly: Who are you on Nico Nico Doga, 2ch, YouTube, Mixi and MySpace? Popular Culture is now a transformative medium, encompassing the Internet, your keitai and iPod. You can be either male or female in today's Popular Culture domains—or something else. The dream of literature was once an analog invention. Now that we are all digital: Who are we? And how do digital media affect our perceptions of gender roles? This course will try to explore this essential and classic human question.
Students will be evaluated on their attendance, class participation, final report scores and group work, depending on class size
Japanamerica: How Japanese Pop Culture has Invaded the US (paperback edition) Palgrave Macmillan, handouts, videos, others
Will be introduced in class
Students are expected to improve their critical-thinking skills, and take notes in English. They are also required to ACTIVELY participate in class discussions.
(Subject to change)
World War II and definitions of gender
Types of media communication and entertainment
Media-induced race and gender roles
Elitist and the populist views of culture and mass media
Concepts of gender personalities in the late 20th Century
Ethics in pop culture
The digitization of the self
Who owns the voice?
Critical issues regarding profit
A decentralized future
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