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Cultural Practice

• The emotional and moral designs film and television wants to have over us

Cultural Practice
• Respond with feelings • Moral certainties • Good vs. evil • Ethical solutions to problems • Redemption
Vertigo and It’s a Wonderful Life

Cultural Practice
• While there are alternative ways of telling a story, actual targeted audience is 18-35 • Play to the lowest common denominator

Cultural Practice
• Are cultural standard being lowered by popular culture?

Jackass 2

Cultural Practice
• What is culture?

Cultural Practice
• Pattern of beliefs, acts, responses and artifacts we produce and understand everyday

Independence Day

Cultural Practice
• Acts & beliefs and what they produce: i.e. the movies, music, television, clothes all have meaning and can be read and understood from a symphony to Seinfeld

Cultural Practice
• From the kind of car you chose to how you vote, choices are made • Needs are fulfilled by certain choices

Cultural Practice
• High (artistic) & low (popular culture) • Often scorned by each other • Intellectual elite & the “masses” • Culture is constructed to appeal to the largest possible audience • The don’t call it “Show Friends,” it’s “Show Business”

Cultural Practice
• Culture evolves as the ability to buy it

The Sistine Chapel

Gilbert & Sullivan Operetta

Cultural Practice
• Culture evolves as the ability to buy it

Vaudeville

Kinetescope Parlor

Cultural Practice
• What don’t you see?

Al Jazeera English

Cultural Practice
• What is you responsibility in getting information? • Culture plays into what information you get
– Do you watch Fox or PBS? – NPR or Rush Limbaugh? – Will you go to the theatre to see a documentary?

Cultural Practice
• Taxi to the Dark Side, 2007 • Best Documentary Oscar • Dir Alex Gibney who also directed Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room

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