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AP Human Geography 04.02: Folk and Popular Culture
Transcript of AP Human Geography 04.02: Folk and Popular Culture
04.02 Folk and Popular Culture Sylvia Zhang
Ms. Palmer and Mr. Hicks 1950s and 1960s: I Love Lucy 1970s: The Brady Bunch 1980s and 1990s:
The Cosby Show Evolution of Pop Culture Roles of Television 21st century: Modern Family Globalization Over time, several elements of pop culture have changed, while others remained the same. Over time a very obvious change is style, like how people dressed and had their hair styled. Another difference is the use of technology and technological advancements. Pop culture has become more liberal in respect to gender roles and cultural diversity. For example, in "I Love Lucy," the characters shown are predominantly white. Later shows like "The Cosby Show" and "Modern Family" have incorporated different races. In the past, television shows have portrayed female characters as weak or dependent on their male counterparts. Today, they are more depicted as equals. It was not until the 1960s that most families had a television set in their home. As television became increasing popular and more affordable, tv channels and stations became a vital medium for communication. Viewers could connect to and obtain a deeper understanding of ideals and culture almost instantly. Political debates, clothing, music, and slang are all cultural elements that television shows incorporate to make the show as relatable and entertaining as possible. This makes TV an important transmitter of pop culture not only in the US, but also elsewhere. The characters in all aforementioned television shows are progressively multicultural. Many elements of other cultures are portrayed as well. For example, in both "I Love Lucy" and "Modern Family," the spouse of a main character is Hispanic. This element, along with several other details included in the shows could have attracted viewers from around the world. The shows impact viewers in different ways, but they all potentially have an effect on global attitudes, behavior, and fashion. I Love Lucy (continued) The 1950s show "I Love Lucy" follows a daffy woman, Lucy, who constantly strives to become a star along with her bandleader husband and gets herself in the strangest situations.
In this clip, we see Lucy make her attempt at speaking Spanish in preparation of meeting Desi's Hispanic mother. We see the women in fancy blouses and dresses, while the men, even Little Ricky, are dressed in suits. The most prominent element of this show is that it is pictured in black and white. The Brady Bunch (continued) The Cosby Show (continued) In the 1980's, "The Cosby Show" was a popular comedy series portraying happily married couple and their growing children.
In this clip, the Huxtable family is in the living room of their home having a serious discussion. While becoming less frequent in the 1980's, this was a hallmark of a healthy life. Based on the surroundings in the background, we can conclude that they live in a traditional home. Doctor Cliff and his family are dressed in attire typically representative of the upper-middle class. His social and economic status are both elements that contribute to the portrayal of the average American family. Modern Family (continued) Today, "Modern Family" is a mockumentary that explores the many different types of modern families through the stories of a gay couple, a straight couple, and a multicultural couple.
In this clip, we see a soccer family cheering on their son, a traditional family handling conflict between siblings, and an adopted baby living with two fathers. It is apparent that the characters in the show have different roles now than they would in past years, and are dressed more similar to today's trends and style. The background music is more typical of today's pop culture as well. The 1970's the television show "The Brady Bunch" depicted a middle class family with traditional values. The show follows a widowed man with three boys who marries a windowed woman with three girls, a concept atypical of families in past years. The show focuses the family adjusting to living together, adolescent troubles, and sibling rivalries.
In this clip, we see a sibling rivalry and how the uncommon couple deals with the situation. It was in the 1970's that people began wearing brightly colored clothing and media in homes became more apparent. We also notice that The Brady Bunch is shown in color, as opposed to black and white.