Why Cultural Studies?

If enough people think studying the media is a waste of time, then the media themselves can seem less influential than they really are. Then they get off the hook for doing what they do best: promoting a white, upper-middle-class, male view of the world that urges the rest of us to sit passively on our sofas and fantasize about consumer goods while they handle the important stuff, like the economy, the environment, or child care.

-Susan Douglas, Where the Girls Are

This quote opens a chapter in the book I’m reading (“Radio On” by Sarah Vowell) and I thought it was worthwhile to share! A strong argument for why it’s important to study all texts, and not just “great literature”.

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