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dc.contributor.advisorTews, Chad R.
dc.contributor.advisorHoward, Leigh Anne
dc.contributor.advisorGilles, Erin E.
dc.contributor.authorWhite, Obed Anokye
dc.date.accessioned2019-12-09T18:13:42Z
dc.date.available2019-12-09T18:13:42Z
dc.date.issued2018
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/20.500.12419/318
dc.descriptionThesis available in Rice Library University Archives and Special Collection.
dc.description.abstractThe youth in the United States and other countries are apolitical because of their minimal consumption of traditional news, higher consumption of entertainment media and on-line news sources, as well as lower voter turnout in comparison with other age brackets (Shearer & Gottfried, 2017). Some scholars (Sloam, 2007; Henn and Foad, 2012) respond that youth are politically involved but their methods of political engagement have changed. They note that youth get information from such entities as Facebook, music videos, blogs, continually evolving online news sources specifically targeting them, and other non-traditional informational outlets. This study examines political messages in popular culture, more specifically in music videos, and analyzes three well-known popular songs to determine the political themes in the visual and lyrical presentations. The study uses symbolic convergence theory to analyze how group coherence works in fantasy chaining in the three music videos and outline the processes artists use to attempt to engage youth in political messages and information through entertainment and music videos. This study also examines arguments concerning political and apolitical youth, since much of society perceives youth as high consumers of popular music but low participants in political engagement.
dc.subjectsymbolic convergence theory
dc.subjectfantasy theme analysis
dc.subjectpopular culture
dc.subjectmusic videos
dc.subjectKaty Perry
dc.subjectSia Pink
dc.subjectpolitical messages
dc.subjectcivic engagement.
dc.titlePolitical messages in popular culture : an examination of political messages in pop-culture music videos
html.description.abstractThe youth in the United States and other countries are apolitical because of their minimal consumption of traditional news, higher consumption of entertainment media and on-line news sources, as well as lower voter turnout in comparison with other age brackets (Shearer & Gottfried, 2017). Some scholars (Sloam, 2007; Henn and Foad, 2012) respond that youth are politically involved but their methods of political engagement have changed. They note that youth get information from such entities as Facebook, music videos, blogs, continually evolving online news sources specifically targeting them, and other non-traditional informational outlets. This study examines political messages in popular culture, more specifically in music videos, and analyzes three well-known popular songs to determine the political themes in the visual and lyrical presentations. The study uses symbolic convergence theory to analyze how group coherence works in fantasy chaining in the three music videos and outline the processes artists use to attempt to engage youth in political messages and information through entertainment and music videos. This study also examines arguments concerning political and apolitical youth, since much of society perceives youth as high consumers of popular music but low participants in political engagement.
dc.contributor.degreeMaster of Arts in Communications
dc.typeThesis (M.A.)--University of Southern Indiana, 2018


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