Hi everyone, for this week’s post, I am going to write an outline for the essay “Subcultures, Cultures, and Class” in The Subcultures Reader. It is a theoretical overview of different subcultures. The article of Subcultures, Cultures and Class focus on youth cultures and their different aspects from their parent culture. Youth subculture is defined as the ways young generation manage their lives by the different aspects of life including social values, practices, personal interests, music, attitude, vocabulary, clothes and sports. The concept of youth cultures is distinguished by age, behaviors, generation from the cultures of older generations in society. Even tough, there are some similarities to other subcultures, the youth subculture is a life style based on costume, appearance, language, ritual customs, different styles of music. They are really independent and as well as care about social values as trust, respect, love and determination. Subcultures, Cultures and Class article emphasis the youth culture. The theme of the article is education. Paul E. Willis points out the social problems and challenges the youth subcultures face in their lives as a group in the article. When the author talks about the youth who joined a new community by transferring to another school demonstrates that how the youth generation deals with the changes in their lives. The cultures of older generations influence the youth subcultures because of being dominant cultures in society. Paul E. Willis says that youth subcultures form up on the terrain of social and cultural life. Some youth subcultures are regular and persistent features of the parent class structure: the ill-famed culture of delinquency of the working class- culture. I totally agree with the statement of author because the youth subcultures may treat in a different way by the effect of society and parent culture. Finally, the youth subcultures may differ from the main culture of older generations and live their lives based on the basic fundamentals of their cultures and traditions. They face social issues and challenges in the society they live in and respond them in a way their culture related to as a group.
In this week’s post, I am going to talk about the reflection of my paper which is about analyzing a speech of a politician under the rhetorical terms. I learned lots of things from this assignment. I discovered that how advertisers use the rhetorical situation to sell their stuff as well as represent themselves in the open market. The discussion each element of rhetorical situation helped me to understand how they work together. The politician of my choice is completely use the rhetorical situation very well by bringing up a solution in response to a problem of minority group. She handles the problem in a different way and empathizes through the minority group regardless of negative opinions of her opponents in the election. I considered my audience, purpose, stance, context and genre when I was writing my paper. I focused on a specific minority group and supported the politician who stood up for the benefits of that minority group in her speech. I have never written a paper about an ad by analyzing its rhetorical situation. It was a good experience for me. I think I did a good job by choosing a speech of politician instead of a commercial of a product. The ad I chose demonstrates a social issue which is discrimination of a minority group due its race and identity and I believe that it is more important than advertising a product.