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Hi all!  Welcome to the first  (graded) blog response assignment of the semester.  It is for the "Introduction" (1 - 22) ofSigns of Life.   

The responses may be informal but they need to be complete answers that sincerely address the reading and all elements of the questions. Although I hesitate to give a length minimum, in general, responses that are 75% of a page single-spaced,hand-written notebook page tend to be more complete. (That’s 75% per question. 



All blog responses must be posted before the next class session. After which, the comments section will be locked. 


• How do the authors define “sign” and “signifier” and how do these concepts relate to a study of popular culture?
• What are “folk” culture and “mass culture” and how do they relate to “popular culture?”
• How can the “semiotic method” be used to analyze popular culture? What advantages does it have over simply discussing the individual pop culture expressions as unique or discrete items?
• Why are vampires so “hot” in our popular culture? How can semiotics help us understand the
phenomenon?



(ABOVE:  Woody Guthrie;  BELOW: Contemporary American Folk Band playing traditional folk instruments
(ABOVE): Lou Diamond Phillips pretending to perform Los Lobos covering Ritchie Valen's "La Bamba" (a version that itself is version of a traditional Mexican folk song)  


(BELOW): Traditional Mexican Folk Musicians Los Cojolites performing "La Bamba" in the traditional style (note the length!) 
 
 
Hi All!  Welcome the Blog Response project for English 101.  I wanted to provide you with an example of what kinds of entries would receive full credit in the course. Your actual assignment will begin with BR #1.  

The responses may be informal but they need to be complete answers that sincerely address the reading and all elements of the questions.Although I hesitate to give a length minimum, in general, responses that are 75% of a page single-spaced,typed page in MS Word tend to be more complete. (That’s 75% per question. )

The following question is for demonstration purposes only. You not need to include a blog entry for it. 

Why is popular culture a worthwhile topic of scholarly study? 
 

    Prof. David Fulton

    I received my MA in English from CSU, Northridge and his .MFA in Creative Writing from CSU, Long Beach. I have  been teaching College English since 2004.. I am a published poet and was recently a Pushcart Prize finalist for my poem "Hubris" In addition to teaching,, I enjoy cooking, figuring out how to garden, going to the gym, researching Shakespeare, and watching MMA. 

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