Contributor: Samantha Stillman
Eminem, Slim Shady, Marshall Mathers; no matter the name, this 39 year-old “white-boy” rapper has been a controversial topic in American pop culture since his debut in 1998. Brought up in a less than what is considered ideal household, Eminem makes clear through his lyrics the hatred he feels for his parents, in particular his mother.
I was eight years old when Eminem released his album, “The Eminem Show.” Read more
Contributor: Emily Garza
Last March as I was reading my little niece’s birthday wish list I began to experience what I thought was a mild heart attack. The list was deluged with what I considered to be acceptable presents for an eight-year-old girl. There was the typical Barbie, sneakers, clothes, a new bicycle and then there it was, “Miley Cyrus CD”. As I read that much-publicized name, images of hip thrusting, older boyfriends, and scandalous personal pictures ran through my mind. I quickly began going over in my head the much-needed lecture my niece was going to get. Then boom! It hit me, I had turned into my mother. Read more
Contributor: Corynn Wilson
The Buggles’ “Video Killed the Radio Star” could not have been more perfect for the first music video to air on MTV in 1981, merging television and music to create the ultimate pop culture phenomenon. Proceeding through the 80s, MTV served as a transformative, youth-targeting source of hit music that soon became the leading market for artists and record companies. MTV’s market became such a straight ticket to the youth’s influence (thus its sky-high value) that its content evolved through the next two decades from a “kind of video jukebox,” Steve Johnson writes in the Los Angeles Times, to an abundance of teenage-directed advertisements, campaigns, and most importantly, television shows. Read more