High School Confidential David Denby Analysis

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Matthew Wilson AP English and Composition Period 3 March 19, 2013 Popular Culture Annotated Bibliography Denby, David. “High-School Confidential: Notes on Teen Movies.” The Language of Composition. Eds. Renee Shea, Lawrence Scanlon, Robin Aufses. Bedford/St. Martin’s: Boston, MA, 2008. Pg. 709-715. Print. In his New Yorker article, David Denby describes the formulaic model for a teen movie. . According to Denby’s article, High-School Confidential: Notes on Teen Movies, these stereotypes are “a common memory, collective trauma, or at least a social erotic fantasy” (710). Denby argues there are specific roles in these movies that narrowly stereotype the lives of high school students. Teen movies and the way in which Denby characterizes…show more content…
He has written many books and in this on in particular he criticizes the prevalence of Native American and African American studies programs. His complaints about these programs stem from the fact that “people who support these programs assume that by communicating the best aspects of a group they have somehow solved the major problems of that group in its relations with the rest of society.” His essay makes many comments about the evolution of stereotypes and how certain oppressed groups of people are viewed over time. A quote that would be applicable to a gender/popular culture essay can be found on page 733, “The problem of stereotyping is not so much a racial problem as it is a problem of limited knowledge and perspective.” (Applicable to gender stereotypes as…show more content…
(Also featured in They Say, I Say) Johnson, in his New York Times article, makes the profound argument that watching modern television, which is far more cognitively stimulating than conventional television, can actually increase the viewer’s intelligence. One implication of Johnson’s treatment of modern television is the assumption that each television program is as cognitively stimulating as the few examples he brought up, however; while the television may be “cognitively stimulating” it does not in fact improve or heighten one’s intelligence. , his point that complex story lines, like those found in The Sopranos and Heroes stimulate the mind a bit is valid to a certain extent. This article can be used in an argument about gender and popular culture to be representative of a changing media that is trying to be cognitively stimulating. There is a quote on page 775 that can be used that discusses sex and the media that begins, “It may be drawn toward the sensational where content is concerned—sex does sell, after all. But the mind also likes to be

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