What is the greater relevance of your topic? What significance does it have on our society, culture, or subcultures, and why does it matter?

Thus far, we have “read” several different texts to prepare us for looking at our world with new lenses. Now, we must use our new sight to investigate the culture that surrounds us.Students will compose a 3-4 page essay that explores a particular text.We will write the essay in MLA format.Remember: The essay will include an introduction, a thesis statement, body paragraphs, an opposing view/ rebuttal paragraph, and a conclusion.Following are some possible topics:1. Take a position on a music-related topic. Some options are:Ø An in-depth analysis of a song/album. Not just an explanation (ie: “This album is about a breakup.”), but a true argument about the song/album’s content, function, and/or relationship to greater societal issues. The essay about “Coal Miner’s Daughter” is an example of this approach.Ø The way certain musicians or genres are viewed by society (ie: the values we assign to them).Ø A study of album cover art and its relationship to the albums themselves and the listeners.Ø An analysis of a music video, such as the Dixie Chicks video that used the treatment of women in Victorian times as a metaphor for their post-controversy chastisement.2. Choose a television show, past or present, and, by using the “idea map” method, come up with the most thought-provoking and content-producing angle from which you can explore the show.Ø An argument about how gender roles are propagated or challenged.Ø A program that challenges our concept of “normal” life.Ø A reality shows that impacts behavior.3. An argument about children’s shows and how they attempt to influence behavior.4. “Read” a film and focus on the theme as a larger societal comment.Ø What does The Truman Show say about our culture?Ø Is there a Disney princess that does not follow the “traditional” mold?Create a thesis statement, which will encompass the main point that you are going to argue.For example:Ø Golden Girls would not be successful in today’s prime-time television market because of the current youth-obsessed culture.Ø Reality television is a new form of storytelling that is disparaged because its boundaries as a genre have not yet been defined and adopted, a process that has always taken time in the art world.Ø The Big Bang Theory perpetuates negative stereotypes about intellectualism by portraying scientific academics as socially and sexually inept.Remember that you will not simply argue that a show, concept, or character is good or bad, but you will make sure that you make clear in your paper the following:ü How or Why your topic functions/works. What are the underlying factors behind it?ü What is the greater relevance of your topic? What significance does it have on our society, culture, or subcultures, and why does it matter?ü Your idea/argument is supported by plenty of evidence. This means specific examples of trends, episodes, scenes, dialogue, or even articles by television critics/pop culture scholars.As you write your paper, consider the following:ü Is your paper going to lead to an informative piece (i.e.: a “report”)? (Hint: the answer should be ‘no’)ü Will your position causes your audience to look at your topic in a new way? (Hint: the answer should be ‘yes’)ü Is your topic interesting? If so, have you explained why it is interesting?ü What other similar television shows can you use to illustrate your point (Hint: think about ‘compare and contrast’)***Remember that each topic sentence should clearly state what that paragraph will discuss (use conjunctive adverbs to transition into paragraphs and within paragraphs.Opposing ViewpointsAs credible authors do, we must come up with at least two arguments that run counter to the one we flesh out. These might bring up points that we do not address in the paper, or some that directly oppose our supporting claims.· Make sure to indicate the transition by beginning the paragraph with “To the contrary, some might argue….” For subsequent OVs, we can use “others might point out” or similar constructions.Once we establish the OVs, we must either refute each, or we might have to concede a viable counterpoint, but then reiterate a more important aspect of our argument.