Chapter 8: Accommodating Your Audience: Treating Differing Views
Pursuing Web Links
Pursuing Web Links: Exploring Popular Culture Issues
If you are interested in taking a controversial position on a popular culture issue, the following websites can help you identify controversial issues, find information, and see different perspectives.
Media History Project
This comprehensive site provides links to early media (oral and scribal culture); print media (printing and publishing, journalism, photography, advertising, and comics); electrical media (radio, film, television); digital media (computing). For example, this site is excellent for its coverage of advertising history, including links to museums, collections, and exhibitions, as well as samples of old ads.
This site gives current reviews of movies, with links to stars and reviews of musical groups, to information about the filming of movies.
From new movie releases to multiple indexes of home videos, this site is a useful source of information.
The Disney Website
This site provides movie trailers and promotions for Disney-related movies, music, television shows and video games. One can also shop online for Disney products or plan a vacation to a Disney theme park.
Michael Medved is a conservative film critic concerned with Hollywood and the media's attack on family values. This site includes a long biographical sketch of Medved, information on his publications, and his ratings and reviews of recent films.
University of Texas Advertising World
This site, produced by the University of Texas Department of Advertising, provides a list of links to ads viewable on the Web. Some featured advertisers are Absolute Vodka, Calvin Klein, Burma Shave, and Volkswagon.
The Official X-Files site
The official site of the X-Files television series gives complete summaries of every episode accompanied by images and video and audio clips of each show. Also available are interviews, news releases and a fans section that includes a message board and an X-Files game.
This official Simpson site features bios of the show's characters, producers and actors, summaries of all the Simpsons' episodes, a fan center, and even a store selling a wide selection of Simpson paraphenalia.
Zinezone.com focuses its attention on popular mainstream movies, television, radio, and music. Light on content and criticism, it offers movie trailers, audio clips, TV and movie listings, and a brief comedy page.
Modern Times Classic Film site
This site features movie stills, video and audio clips, and articles focusing on American cinema from the 1920's through the 1950's. Sections include classic films, b-films, comedies, Black Americans in early Hollywood, and tributes to Edward G. Robinson and Barbara Stanwyck.
The Silent Western
Focusing on how myths are created and transmitted, this site examines the genre of the Silent Western. Its topics include the industry and perception of early film, heroes and heroines in Silent Westerns, Indians and Mexicans in Silent Westerns and the Western epic.
The Barbie Website
The Barbie site offers two versions of its catalog-one for kids without prices or purchasing options and full service shopping site for adults. A parents section includes parent memories of Barbie experiences and Barbie.com's mission statement. It presents, in conjunction with the non-profit organization Girls Inc., a "girls' bill of rights."
Alt.culture: an A-Z of the 90s
Alt.culture.com offers an encyclopedic listing of names and terms relating to contemporary alternative culture, from "acid house" to "Zippies." The index is searchable and can be browsed by subject or by alphabetical listing.
The Roughstock Network
Devoted to fans of country music, Roughstock.com produces "The Roughstock Country Countdown," an online program which counts down the top 40 country songs voted on by site visitors. The site also features extensive reviews of country albums, concert and tour news, links to other country music related sites, and an extensive list of country radio stations on the Web.
Sun Studio Website
This is the website of the small Memphis studio that recorded the first hits of Elvis Presley, Carl Perkins, Johnny Cash, Roy Orbison, and Jerry Lee Lewis. It features a musical and pictorial history of the studio, a modest "Flea Market" where users can buy and sell music memorabilia, and links to other rock and roll related sites.
This official site includes a large corporate section with press releases, vision statements, investor information, and career information. The site also includes a children's interactive section, a store locator, numerous country specific sites, and a section devoted to Ronald McDonald House charities.
The DC Comics site offers a large collection of comic books for sale, fact sheets about popular superheroes, advanced looks at unreleased comics, and a fan message board. Featured sections include DC Comics for Kids, Mad Magazine, Warner Bros., Wildstorm, Superman and Batman, and Hasbro.
G.I. Joe Website
This site presents Hasbro as "a worldwide leader in children's, family leisure, and entertainment products and services." It offers collectors' information on how much particular action figures are worth and on where to find them. In providing sketches of the history of specific fighting units, such as the W. W. II Navajo Code Talker, this site seeks to underscore "the important role undertaken every day by our fighting forces."