What role do audiences play in creating popular culture? Explain how Hollywood both manipulated and reflected the popular culture of the 1950’s and 60’s. Analyze a popular film of the time.This paper should be 2-3 pages, in APA style, with in-text citations.One scholarly article as a minimum should be included in your essay.
God’s Not Dead (2014). For professional critics of popular culture only. Amateurs will not enjoy this film, since they will see nothing but over the top preaching about the beauty of Christianity. Professionals will understand that the film is not about Christianity as much it is about freedom of choice and the fact that humans must cope with totalitarian intellectual repression, loss of love, death, and disease. The story is based on actual court cases where universities have attempted to limit the freedom of speech and association of on-campus Christian groups. If you are a university-level academician, you will have a hard time suspending your disbelief about the initial story premise: a philosophy professor makes signing a declaration that “God is dead” worth 30% of the course. Hopefully, any professor actually caught doing that would be summarily fired. Put that aside, accept the premise, and enjoy the film. The film contains three powerful, emotional subplots that some viewers will find more than make up for any weaknesses in the principal story line. A good example of the overt politicization of film (as opposed to the more covert, as in The Hunger Games).