What Is Contemporary American Culture Like?

Below are a number of articles, readings, and projects that we’ll be discussing as we explore what contemporary American culture looks like. Introduction




Discussion Groups (POD) Assignment (Google Doc) Social Media


Cosmetic Surgery



Lying and Cheating

Body Image


Drug Use


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Other readings and links:

Killing Us Softly 4: Advertising’s Image of Women http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jWKXit_3rpQ

Does Culture Change?

Has our culture changed over time?  If so, how did it change?  Will our culture change in the future?  If so, how? Characteristics of Generations (Google Doc) Grandparent Interview Assignment (Google Doc) The Greatest Generation, The Silent Generation, Baby Boomers, Generations X, Y, & Z http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h6Zby_7ncK8 Culture and the Individual Assignment (Google Doc) Frontline: The Merchants of Cool Did You Know? “We are living in exponential times” (2008) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lUMf7FWGdCw Did You Know 2010 Social Media Revolution http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z4gt62uAasE Past, Present, Future: How Does Culture Change? (Google Doc)

Does Culture Affect You?

Now that we’ve discussed culture’s influence, think about some of these questions?

  • To what extent do I make my own decisions?
  • To what extent are decisions made for me by others?
  • To what extent am I a product of the culture around me?

Hulu: blue sweater scene from “The Devil Wears Prada”