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Pop Culture. The things that define a generation or era For Example: Politicians and Celebrities (icons) TV Shows and Movies Art, Music and Literature Fashions and Fads International Events. Universalization of Popular Culture.

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pop culture
Pop Culture

The things that define a generation or era

For Example:

  • Politicians and Celebrities (icons)
  • TV Shows and Movies
  • Art, Music and Literature
  • Fashions and Fads
  • International Events
universalization of popular culture
Universalization of Popular Culture

The production by media transnationals of the majority of television programs, films, magazines, etc., that are consumed by a vast world audience

media transnationals
Media Transnationals

A mass media corporation that produces television programs, films, music, books, etc., in two or more countries


AOL-Time Warner

The deal being discussed for Facebook and Google to buy out Twitter

pros and cons to media transnationals
Pros and Cons to Media Transnationals



They have too much influence over world culture – if only a few corporations control all media, whose views are being represented?

Smaller, diverse media cannot compete

They don’t use their power to express voices of diverse cultures

  • They have lots of human resources to create new media
  • Many people like the products created by these corporations
  • They can use their power in the media to express voices of diverse cultures
american v canadian
American v. Canadian

Most of the films you see are American

This is because they are made by media transnationals in the US; independent Canadian film companies can’t compete


The blending of media and communications technologies resulting in new modes of expression and cross-cultural consumption

Creates new cultures and identities among people as they mix traditional arts in new ways

Example: Mash-ups (anyone seen Glee?!)

new technology
New Technology

1840s – the telegraph began to be used in Canada East and Canada West to get information from one place to another

This was soon followed by the radio and telephone

Eventually technology developed into film and television, as well

How would these forms of communication been important in a country like Canada?

cbc and soci t radio canada
CBC and Société Radio-Canada

Public broadcasters, like the CBC, are mandated to promote Canadian culture; private broadcasters, like Global or CTV, are not

The CBC/SRC use radio, TV and the Internet to express Canadian perspectives

Because it is a public broadcaster, it is publicly funded; this causes some debate amongst the public: why?

minority radio and tv
Minority Radio and TV

Some stations are created to broadcast the news and views of minorities

TV5 – French- language TV

APTN – Aboriginal news and languages

minority language
Minority Language

A language spoken by a minority of people in a country

Example: French in Canada

Languages are threatened by globalization

Some governments pass laws or regulate the media to protect these languages

protecting bilingualism in canada
Protecting Bilingualism in Canada

1867 – French and English were recognized as the official languages of Parliament in the BNA Act

1963 – PM Pearson appointed the Royal Commission on Bilingualism and Biculturalism (The Bi-and-Bi Commission) to recommend ways to make an equal partnership between French and English

1969 – PM Trudeau passed the Official Languages Act to:

  • Equality of English and French in Parliament and the Federal government
  • Preservation and development of official languages
  • Equality of English and French in Canadian society

1970 – a Commissioner of Official Languages was appointed to investigate concerns regarding language in government

1982 – Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms permanently protects official bilingualism

canadian radio television telecommunications commission
Canadian Radio-Television Telecommunications Commission

Public authority that regulates and promotes Canadian culture in the broadcast media

Known as the CRTC

Regulates Canadian content for broadcast – 35% for radio, 50% for TV