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Title: Pop Culture in Britain


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Pop Culture in Britain
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British popular music
  • The Beatles
  • led a British invasion into American (and
    global) popularity in music
  • led the creation of what are now music videos
  • reflected in interests Britains imperial
    heritage .

3
British Popular Music Today
  • Some British pop stars, like Robbie Williams and
    Kylie Minogue, are succeeding on world pop charts.

4
Cornershop
  • Indians and cornershops
  • Reflects British Imperial heritage and migrants
  • musical style mixes Indian and other Western
    popular music styles (rock, trip-hop, disco)

5
Techno and Ravers
  • As far as the English-speaking world is
    concerned, rave culture seems to have first
    flowered in London.

6
Other Stuff
  • The diversity that surrounds this allows other
    styles, including regional styles like the
    Bristol Sound, to receive attention worldwide

7
British Media - TV
  • BBC TV is publicly funded (by tax) in Britain
  • no adverts
  • world famous for news, sports, and original
    programs, including many re-adapted for American
    TV

8
Alternatives for The Telly
  • In the past few years, satellite and cable TV
    have grown in popularity.
  • Popular local programs of the past and present
    include...

9
Monty Pythons Flying Circus
10
Soap Dramas
  • East Enders and, before it, Carnation Street
    were widely popular soap dramas, mostly featuring
    characters that seem slightly mundane or tame
    compared to in American soap operas.

11
Imported Formats Programs
  • GAME SHOWS Weakest Link
  • REALITY TVUK Pop Idol/X-FactorBig Brother
  • FOREIGNPROGRAMSSex The City,Friends, The
    West Wing

12
UK Pop Idol / X-Factor
  • What is the real purpose of this show?
  • to discover new pop stars?
  • or to entertain us with the awfulness of people
    who think they are talented, but arent?Check
    this out...

13
Newspapers and Class
  • Tabloid sleazier, more gossip, sometimes include
    nude pictures or scandals
  • Broadsheet more news- and politics-oriented,
    less focused on stars and scandal

14
The Royal Family
  • Generally occupy a role in British culture
    similar to that occupied by Hollywood stars in
    America.
  • Not politically powerful anymore, although they
    are wealthy and often mentioned in the media.
  • While the UK is technically a monarchy, British
    persons are generally considered citizens, not
    subjects of the royal family.

15
Queen Elizabeth II
  • b.1926, took the crown 1952
  • technically head of British state, and head of
    the Church of England
  • delivers a speech annually at Christmas,
    participates in various public functions, etc.

16
Charles, Prince of Wales
  • son of Elizabeth, will be next King of England
  • married Diana, now Camilla Parker-Bowles
  • Father to Princes William and Harry

17
Changing AttitudesToward the Royals?
  • BBC Poll (2002)
  • Is the monarchy out of date?
  • Yes 32 (44)
  • No 63 (45)
  • Does the royal family cost too much money?
  • Yes 51 (62)
  • No 43 (30)

http//www.bbc.co.uk/pressoffice/pressreleases/sto
ries/2002/06_june/12/monarchy_poll.shtml
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Why is Soccer so Popular?
  • Very little gear required, so kids develop an
    interest by playing
  • Local community spirit expressed in sides
  • Easy and popular topic of discussion in pubs
  • Because it's promoted

19
So, Soccer
  • Divisions
  • New local teams can, in theory, form, move up the
    ladder, and become top-division teams if they
    perform well
  • Part of a wider network of European competition
  • World Cup is VERY important.
  • And then theres rugby...

20
Racial/Cultural Diversity in Britain
  • The UK is, overall, 7.9 nonwhite
  • London itself is 28.9 nonwhite.
  • Many immigrants from Commonwealth countries --
    ex-colonies -- but also people from elsewhere.

21
Diversity and Pop Culture
  • This diversity has affected popular culture in
    many ways.
  • food culture
  • figures in entertainment
  • musical styles
  • social tensions problems

22
Is The United Kingdom Really United?
  • Most of this session has in fact focused on
    English popular culture.
  • Some other people in the UK reject the label
    British, because of colonial history.
  • Local popular culture in Scotland, Ireland, and
    Wales also differs in some ways.
  • RP
  • Trainspotting
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