Education and Popular Culture: How do schools & mass media shape popular culture?
Schools Shape & Spread Pop. Culture ● School enrollment UP ● Schools teach vocational training ● Socialize students = common dress, slang, behavior ● School costs increase = tax increases
Mass Media’s Influence on Pop. Culture ● Literacy increases = newspaper & magazine circulation rises ● Radio: shared nat’l experience of hearing live sporting events, the news & entertainment
“Good Times” Dance Marathons Flagpole sitting C R O P U Z Z L E S Mahjong S Barnstormers W O R D
● 1928: First animated film w/ sound “Steamboat Willie” Now That’s Entertainment! ● Charlie Chaplin: most famous silent movie stars ● 1927: 1st movie with sound, “ The Jazz Singer” ● George Gershwin = famous composer ● Georgia O’Keeffe = incredible artist
Famous American Writers ● Sinclair Lewis = 1st American to win the Nobel Prize in literature ● F. Scott Fitzgerald = coined the term “jazz age” ● Edna St. Vincent Millay = wrote poems celebrating youth & independence ● Ernest Hemingway = Criticizes the glorification of war
Aviation Heroes • Charles Lindbergh • 1st person to fly non-stop across the Atlantic Ocean, solo • From NY City to Paris, France • “Spirit of St. Louis” • Amelia Earhart • 1st woman to fly across Atlantic • 1st person to fly from HI to CA • Disappeared trying to circumnavigate the world
This just in… Al Capone, that big cheese, was seen in his struggle buggy with another fat cat on their way to a speakie. They had just come from the jinny and were quite blotto. Witnesses say they had too much bootlegged giggle-water. In other news… Those of you looking to have the cat’s pajamas of a weekend have much to look forward to. Barnstormers are performing in Culver City, there’s a new audie playing at the cinema, and there will be a parade on the main drag, sure to be full of sheiks and ritzy women. It should all be darb! And finally… If you can get away from your governor, breeze in to the Dance marathon. Hundreds will be hoofing to the best jazz in town. It should be the bee’s knees!
Assignment: You are to work either individually or in pairs to create a radio story using at least 15 words on the handout (and making sense). Please choose at least two topics to broadcast; there are many topics from the 1920s to choose from… 1. Prohibition (speakeasies, bootleggers, and gangsters) 2. Popular Culture Heroes (Lindbergh, Earhart) 4. Entertainment (movies, composers, artists, writers, fads)
Light Iris, 1924 Red Canna, 1923 Radiator Building, 1927 Sample of O’Keefe’s Art