Culture of Culture

Curating the shrinking of the world.

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  1. Discussing modified lesson plans based on the Human Relations approach, one of my classmates talked about using YouTube videos as part of her lesson plan. I suggested the But I'm Not... series from BuzzfeedYellow, and our group discussed how videos like these could foster understanding in students. Which got me thinking...
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  3. In Spencer Kornhaber's article "The Modern Family Effect: Pop Culture’s Role in the Gay-Marriage Revolution" (2015), the connection between the rise in support for same-sex marriage, shown in Gallup polls, to positive gay figures in entertainment is explored.
  4. While no definitive statistic could ever be given on how much the rather banal Cam and Mitch have influenced American culture, there have been polls and even news accounts of people stating they've been positively influenced by depictions of gay people in entertainment (Kornhaber, 2015).
  5. There is certainly an argument to be made that not all depictions are positive, and that many perpetuate stereotypes; however, "each popular depiction of gay life helped encourage networks to take chances on others, and today there’s unprecedented diversity in representation of sexuality on television, as shown in programs like Empire and Orange Is the New Black" (Kornhaber, 2015).
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  7. So, back to But I'm Not... and student empathy. If television has such an impact on adults, what kind of impact can YouTube have on students? There have been studies that show Millennials (kids 13-24) watch more YouTube than TV.
  8. They are more likely to watch YoutTube, surprisingly, not just because of its availability but because it makes them feel better about themselves (Palermino, 2015). According to Palermino's (2015) article in Digital Trends, online content is considered more relatable.
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  10. Being relatable is important for education. Teachers who engage their students help them achieve academic success. More importantly, bringing culture into the curriculum can not only engage students but help them gain confidence in their own efficacy.
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  12. Food is considered surface level when talking about culture, but it is something people are comfortable with and can be a good in-road to furthering cultural exploration. The Buzzfeed channels have a series of videos dedicated to trying foods from around the world.
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  14. Beyond that, they often have videos that highlight a culture, or subculture, that people may not have had much experience with--such as Drag culture, Kpop dances, growing-up with a Latina mom, or even gender issues.
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  16. Brown University describes culture as playing a part in not only "communicating and receiving information, but also in shaping the thinking process of groups and individuals" (para. 1). Buzzfeed is a nice way to bring in culture to your classes, in a way that students are not only familiar with but will be engaged by.
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