Unplugging Popular Culture: Reconsidering Analog Technology, Materiality, and the “Digital Native"

1st Edition

K. Shannon Howard

Published December 11, 2018
Reference - 166 Pages
ISBN 9781138588394 - CAT# K377422
Series: Routledge Research in Cultural and Media Studies

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Unplugging Popular Culture showcases youth and young adult characters from film and television who defy the stereotype of the "digital native" who acts as an unquestioning devotee to screened technologies like the smartphone. In this study, unplugged tools, or non-digital tools, do not necessitate a ban on technology or a refusal to acknowledge its affordances but work instead to highlight the ability of fictional characters to move from high tech settings to low tech ones. By repurposing everyday materials, characters model the process of reusing and upcycling existing materials in innovative ways. In studying examples such as Pitch Perfect, Supernatural, Stranger Things, and Get Out, the book aims to make theories surrounding materiality apparent within popular culture and to help today’s readers reconsider stereotypes of the young people they encounter on a daily basis.

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