BUT WAIT: Is Bob Dylan’s Work Really Literature?

BUT WAIT: Is Bob Dylan’s Work Really Literature?

Here’s an idea. Bob Dylan is literature because anything can be literature. [THEME MUSIC] The question, what is literature, is not one that often captures the public’s attention. But recently it did after famed American folk musician Bob Dylan won the Nobel Prize for Literature. The takes, they were both many and hot, hinging on […]

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Is Twitter the Newest Form of Literature? | Idea Channel | PBS Digital Studios

Is Twitter the Newest Form of Literature? | Idea Channel | PBS Digital Studios

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Is Miku Hatsune A More Authentic Pop Star Than Lana Del Rey? | Idea Channel | PBS Digital Studios

Is Miku Hatsune A More Authentic Pop Star Than Lana Del Rey? | Idea Channel | PBS Digital Studios

Here’s an idea. Miku Hatsune, a computer generated vocalist, is a more authentic pop star than Lana Del Rey. [MUSIC PLAYING] If you’ve missed it recently, Lana Del Rey is a human pop star with fingers, blood, a mom, the whole nine yards. But Lana has caught a lot of flak for being inauthentic. She […]

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Why Do We Love Zombies? | Idea Channel | PBS Digital Studios

Why Do We Love Zombies? | Idea Channel | PBS Digital Studios

Here’s an idea, the recent resurgence of zombies is because of technology. [GROANS] Ideas. So unless you’ve been in your bunker preparing for the zombie apocalypse, you’ve probably seen plenty of zombies recently. You know the type, shambly walk, groany voice, very restricted diet. And for whatever reason, we can’t seem to get enough of […]

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Does Pop Culture Need To Be “Popular”? | Idea Channel | PBS Digital Studios

Does Pop Culture Need To Be “Popular”? | Idea Channel | PBS Digital Studios

Here’s an idea, popular culture isn’t made up solely of stuff that’s popular. My sense has always been that popularity in culture is simultaneously referring to three things. One, something that a huge number of people like. Two, something that seems like a huge number of people like it. And three, something made on purpose […]

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A Defense of Overthinking Pop Culture

A Defense of Overthinking Pop Culture

Here’s an idea. Popular culture is an abstract location where values are secured and challenged. ICYMI, in these final three episodes, we’re talking about the principles that have guided Idea Channel. This is the second of those episodes, meaning that it is our second to last episode ever. We’re doing this in the hopes of […]

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Comment Responses: A Defense of Overthinking Pop Culture

Comment Responses: A Defense of Overthinking Pop Culture

[MUSIC PLAYING] In last week’s episode, we overthought about overthinking. Let’s see what you had to think about our over thoughts on overthinking. I’m just going to keep doing this. It’s my last chance, so I hope you’ll indulge me. Samantha Jane asks a really good question and one that we struggled with a lot […]

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