Three most important theories/ideas in politics of popular

In “The Politics of the Popular”, John Storey touches on the relationship between cultural theory and popular culture.
The most important ideas/theories that came out of the article were popular culture, fandom, and cultural and asthetic differences. It’s very important for musicians and other celebrities to have large fan bases. Fandom has been shown to allow stars to have more recognition, money, and it continues the fame or the idea of the celebrity.
On page twelve, Storey quoted Henry Jenkins, ” ‘Fans are poachers who get to keep what they take and use the plundering goods as the foundations for the construction of an alternative cultural community’ (Jenkins 223)”. This quote means that fans have the capability of getting what they want, keeping it as long as they want, and pushing for the continuation of the celebrity/music’s fame.
The second most important idea is Popular Culture. Storey states that Jim McGuigan defines cultural populism as “the intellectual assumption…, that the symbolic experiences and practices of ordinary people are more important analytically and politically than Culture with a capital C (Storey 1).” This quote shows how strong the relationship between cultural populism and the fans. The influence of cultural populism to the fans can lead to the creation of fandom for that specific popular culture. It shows that without the ordinary people’s support, the current popular culture could not continue.
The third most important idea/theory is the cultural and asthetic differences. It has importance because it helps people understand the power struggle between opposing groups such as the high economic class versus the high cultural class. John Storey paraphrased Bourdieu’s quote from 1984 ,” the category of ‘taste’ functions as a marker of ‘class’ ( using the word in a double sense to mean both a socio-economics category and the suggestion of a particular level of quality). ” This gives readers a sense of how the high economic class uses money to buy their supporters (in a way), while the high cultural class relies on it’s quality to gain and keep followers. I feel that the cultural and asthetic differences should be highly focused on when discussing celebrities and popular music. Followed by the fandom that celebrities and popular music rely on.


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