Popular Culture and Environmentalism Analytical Essay by Nicky

Popular Culture and Environmentalism
An analysis of the book "Everything Bad is Good for You: How Today's Popular Culture Is Actually Making Us Smarter" by Steven Johnson.
# 145183 | 2,147 words | 8 sources | MLA | 2010 | US

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The paper explores popular culture based on Steven Johnson's book "Everything Bad is Good for You: How Today's Popular Culture Is Actually Making Us Smarter", and how it is promoting the issue of environmentalism. The paper considers Al Gore's documentary and book, "An Inconvenient Truth", the role of television, and the impact of Internet and other technologies. The paper discusses the view of detractors of pop culture and reveals that while it may have made people more aware of environmental issues, it has not made enough people change to make a real difference to the environment. Finally, the paper discusses whether all this attention is actually harmful for the environment.

An Inconvenient Truth
Television and the Environment
The Internet and the Environment
Repetition and the Media
Pop Culture Detractors
Change or Apathy?
Has Pop Culture Made a Difference?

From the Paper:

"Everywhere you look today; advertisers and the media are touting green products, from solar Christmas lights to energy-saving appliances and automobiles. If you happen to catch a Sunday morning news show, you might think the only advertisers are energy companies trying to convince consumers how environmentally-conscience they really are. Saving the environment and going green have permeated the media and pop culture, and that indicates just how influential pop culture can be in today's world. It has made saving the environment trendy, and it has created a new generation of children who encourage their parents to recycle, save energy, and be more environmentally responsible, and that is a clear indication of how influential pop culture and the media can be in supporting issues like saving the environment."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • "Ask Earth Trends." EarthTrends. 2008. 12 Dec. 2008.<http://earthtrends.wri.org/updates/node/236>
  • Ayres, Ed. "Have a Good Life. Just Charge It on Your Citibank Card." World Watch Jan.-Feb. 2004: 3+.
  • Benitah, Sandie. "The Environment Entered Pop Culture in 2007." CTV.ca. 2008. 12 Dec. 2008.<http://www.ctv.ca/servlet/ArticleNews/story/CTVNews/20080102/environment_2007_080102/20080102?hub=TopStories>
  • Editors. "What we Do." Environmental Media Association. 2008. 12 Dec. 2008. <http://www.ema-online.org/what_we_do.php#CelebrityRoleModeling>
  • Fowler, Nick. "Bruce Jay Friedman: Making Sense of Entropy." The Antioch Review Wntr 2005: 151+.

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