How can pop culture teach social justice to the next generation?



Many Americans today are familiar with widespread blockbusters such as The Avengers, Superman, the Harry Potter movies, and other widely recognized Hollywood films. Being a few examples of mainstream icons, the concept of popular culture can be defined as modern culture transmitted via mass media and often aimed particularly at young people (Zehr, 2014). Given its prevalence, pop culture is a channel of social justice education that has great potential to educate our current generation. Especially because children, adolescents and emerging adults are heavily exposed to these varieties of popular entertainment, pop culture can inadvertently shape and inform an individual’s core and peripheral beliefs about their society (Linker, 2014). Because it is so prominent in an increasingly millennial world, these forms of media can also be used in the classroom as a teaching tool to help young people better relate to concepts about social justice, diversity, and inclusion. The following article is an adaptation of a final paper I wrote for a social work course this past semester.  Continue reading →

10-Day Movie Challenge

Happy October and the beginning of fall! Though I haven’t published new content lately due to school, I wanted to make a post adhering to my nomination for the 10-Day Movie Challenge. This challenge asks me to post one image, no explanation, from 10 movies that have had an impact on me. Over the past days, I’ve accumulated screenshots from 10 separate movies, each of which either evoked a strong reaction from me or had an impact on my viewing experience. This was a cool reflection activity that allowed me to look back on the movies and films I’d watched throughout my life. If this sounds like something you’d be interested in, I highly recommend giving it a shot!

Following are my answers to the challenge: 10 days, 10 movies, 10 images – no explanation.  Continue reading →