Choose a work of popular culture, such as a compact disc, a pulp novel, a movie, or a television production, and analyze it from three of Raymond Williams’s perspectives on the meaning of the word “culture”: the ideal, the documentary, and the social, based on your understanding of these categories from Unit 2.
Answer such questions as: Which audience does the work play to? Who, if anyone, in the audience does the work validate? Who, if anyone, is the work likely to offend or provoke? Who benefits from attitudes or habits normalized by the work? As a product, how does it reflect the social conditions of its production? How do people consume it? You do not need to answer all of these questions—regard them as prompts to begin your critical argument.