- Media Criticism
- George Lipsitz, “This Ain't No Sideshow}”
I may have assigned you two different versions of this essay.
- Book Chapter: “Popular Culture: This Ain’t No Sideshow”
- Popular culture should not be dismissed for the lack of aesthetic value. It offers its audience something that speaks to the historical and social circumstances of that audience.
- Journal Article: “Historians and Media Studies”
- Historians have generally relied on documents to study the past. Studying popular culture, however, could provide more insight into writing the social history of people and their everyday lives.
- What forms or genres of culture does Lipsitz address?
- What are some prevailing attitudes about mass/popular/commercial culture that Lipsitz criticizes?
- Summarize the relationship of cultural forms—theater, motion pictures, newspapers—and industrial production in the Victorian era.
- What value Lipsitz find in mass/popular/commercial culture, despite the the elitist attitudes against it?