S.L.G.6 months ago
I agree with many of the things Andre Perry says. I, however, completely disagree with #3. Rather than telling kids to stop watching TV or stop listening to rap music, why don't we teach them how to watch TV and how ro listen to music? Why don't we teach them where these art forms come from and what they say about our culture?
Much of what we consider "high literature" today--such as Shakespeare, Charles Dickens, etc.--was the pop trash of its day. This literature transcended time because it had faithful fans that kept passing it down. It spoke to a wide audience about things that mattered to them; that is why it survived.
Another thing that Perry overlooks is the participatory nature of many pop activities. Watching a good game or dancing to a good tune with friends are some of the things that create good bonds between people--an outcome that Perry advocates for in the other points.
Plus, we all know that saying "stop that" usually results in the opposite. So rather than saying "don't," let's talk about how to engage with pop culture thoughtfully.