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Sep 12 / admin

Reading for Weds, Sept 14

In addition to the Scalia opinion included in the green course packet, read this parental advice column from Dr. Phil about violent video games, and watch the Onion video below.


Are Violent Video Games Adequately Preparing Children For The Apocalypse?

Sep 9 / admin

Syllabus Changes for Monday, Sept 12

Office hours on Monday are partially canceled. I’ll stick around until about 330; if you want to talk, we can meet in the hallway after class. No Caffe Medici office hours, though.

Monday we’re back to discussions, so we’re also back to the no-laptop zone.

What to read for Monday:

Skip the Robin D.G. Kelley chapter (we may read it later). Instead, read the Roediger, the short Lussenhop article, and the lyrics to Eminem’s “White America” (found at this link).

View Eminem’s music video here:

Aug 24 / admin

And So It Begins

Hi students!

Welcome to the website for your AMS 311, Popular Culture and American Childhood. Right now this is a place for you to find an electronic version of the syllabus; later in the semester, I’ll be posting assignments and resources to help you in your research.

I’ll use this blog as a way to follow up on things we mention in class and share relevant news stories and images. If you see a story or a picture that you think the class should know about, please let me know, and I’ll create an account so you can post it. You should also feel free to comment whenever the mood strikes you.

In the spirit of our class project, the Archive of Childhood, here’s a pic of me, my sister, and my brother on the first day of school in…I think…1982. Note the Cabbage Patch Kid my brother is holding. (The doll came with a birth certificate, which informed us that his name was “Otis Gaston”; my brother just called him “Cabby.”) We will return the question of Boys and Dolls later.

Rebecca