COM 130 Arapahoe Community College Illusion of Life Essay

Purpose: Complete the following analysis of a popular song using the Illusion of Life perspective.

Intro:

Identify the title of the popular song, the artist (s) or band, and when the song debuted.

Explain your reasoning behind selecting this mediated popular culture text.

  • Discuss your initial reaction to the song.
  • Formulate your thesis statement.
  • Body:
  • Analyze the song according to the Illusion of Life Perspective. (The three-step process explained in Chapter 8.)
  • Discuss the target audience.

    Describe the music (virtual time) and lyrics (virtual experience).

  • Do you think the lyrics seem to be set in the forward-looking and unresolved dramatic illusion or the backward-looking and resolved poetic illusion? Why or why not?
  • Do you think the lyrics use strategies of strategic ambiguity and/or rhetorical ascription? Why or why not?
  • Finally, explore how the music and lyrics work together to persuade the target audience.
  • Conclusion:
  • Develop a summary of essay.
  • Provide final thoughts – ultimately, what makes this song successful or unsuccessful in communicating a mediated popular culture text?
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