I have decided that I want to specialize in pop culture. I like music, I like T.V., I like Movies, I like food, I like products, I even like advertising (studying it at least most advertising makes me sick…all sex driven with lack of morals and whatnot) I contemplated going into one of these areas but never really felt comfortable with the idea of making TV shows, or working for a marketing firm. I decided that I like analyzing culture…media culture, I enjoy picking apart movies, television, advertising and music. I enjoy finding God within the walls of culture. I enjoy finding symbolism and deeper meaning in art. I enjoy seeing the impact these forms of media have on individuals and our culture as a whole.
I am writing a paper for english right now about the portrayal of masculinity in popular American television and its negative impact on our culture. This is the first time that I have ever felt completely confident in writing a paper over 8 pages. I know where I am going, I know what I am writing about, I have the resources, and I have an interest in the topic. I never realized how much a deep interest in what you are assigned to write makes in efectivley completing a task. I like to “Culturally Discern”
I just wish there were more classes at Calvin on how to find God in all aspects of culture..advertising and music specifically. I think there needs to be classes in contemporary music at Calvin. Classes that discuss the big ones like Dylan, and the Beatles, but also discuss the importance of The Pretenders, Ani Difranco, The Ramones, The Clash, Carole King, Grand Master Flash, and all other artists throughout all genres that have played an important role in shaping our culture. Why is it that the work of Beethoven, Chopin, and Bach get so much study at Calvin, almost exclusive coverage of composers over songwriters? I realize the skill and genius of the composers of great arias and requiems, but I also recognize the fact that all three Music History courses practically never mention the work of songwriters of the 20th century. I realize that you must look back before you can look ahead, but we are so busy looking back that we have missed the importance of music in contemporary culture. We need classes in American folk music, the history of rock and roll, The Blues, and perhaps classes in songwriting. We need instrument lessons that go beyond classical guitar and go to electric guitar, electric bass, mandolin, banjo, percussion with drum kits, rock organ, jazz piano, we need classes that deal with contemporary issues and trends in music. Calvin needs a side of the FAC for the “classical” arts and the other side for study of music for the people, roots music, and popular music. We need classes in music criticism, we need a revolution that gets music off of it’s mountain of unavailability and brings it down to the people. Music is still music if it is not played by a band or orchestra, it is still music if it isn’t sung by a choir, it is music if it isn’t played on a violin, cello, organ, piano, or any other “classical” instrument. If Calvin is so bent on engaging in culture then we need to embrace it in all mediums.Whew!… I am passionate about some things and then I just go off on them. for more information on what I want to do with my life please visit this website: Relevant Magazine
It deals with, like the banner says, God, Life, and progressive culture (including music, movies, and television)