Critical Thinking – An Objective Analysis

Critical thinking skills employ the consideration of the nature of human knowledge and the conflicts that may arise between new information and old ideas. Using multiple methodologies, scientifically based or knowledge based, these skills contribute to the generation of a possible rearrangement in the way we cognitively evaluate objectively and form theoretical debates. (Bono 2009)…

Detachment from Categorization – What Do Future Countercultures Look Like?

Co-optation could be weighed against the Marxist theory on interest-bearing capital in that “no longer bears any birth marks of its origin; it represents ‘the perversion and objectification of productive relations to the highest degree’; it is only form without content.” (Pilling 1980) ”The media exists as a binding agent for communication systems, ideologies and…

Punks: Anarchy and High Fashion

“Punk was a protest against the complacency of the hippie culture” (Misiroglu 2009) with spiked hair, studded leather jackets, face and body piercings and hand painted slogans on the body and clothes.  Sometimes compared to Dada and futurism through the ideology of anti-establishment which made its relevancy as a countercultural movement. (Misiroglu 2009) Punk is…

Hip Hop, Graffiti, Street Art and Corporate America

The urban inspired movement of rejecting values of the mainstream against social issues and politics by claiming public space, tagging, graffiti, street art, in conjunction with visual identifiers like baggy clothes and heavy gold chains characterize this movement. Branded by non-conformity in art, music, language and fashion it began as rebellion following the civil rights…

Popular Culture: Feeding a Fickle Culture

“Popular culture is the media, products, and attitudes considered to be part of the mainstream of a given culture and the everyday life of common people.” (Lule, 2016) “Even if pop culture is mainly an aesthetic phenomenon, it has been politicized since at least the punk era.” (Muggleton and Weinzierl 2003) In a sense, popular…

The Process of Co-optation

During this process, I felt as if I were writing about my own history in that the 60s are as far back as I can remember. Hippie ideology, fashion and music as my parent culture is also the originator of symbolisms that have effected youth countercultures which can be seen well into the millennium. My…

From Instrumental to Cooperative

My study has taken a slight turn, it researches the counterculture in terms of the consumer culture and the repetitiveness of historical symbolism evidenced in advertisements dating back to the 1950s. I must admit that I stand a bit confused as to how this will all pan out as I have restructured my essay plan…

The Power of Graphic Communication

Case Study: Cigarette advertising and Surrealism: a case study in the symbolism of gender and pleasure. (Crowley, D. and Jobling, P. 1996) This study is relevant because of the Freudian principles of pleasure whereas ideology of cultures can be visually represented as having the potential of feeding into the hedonistic desire and a sense of…

The Annotated Bibliography

I have thoroughly enjoyed the process of gathering research and compiling the annotated bibliography. It is unbelievable the intellectual skills required of one when setting up an annotated bibliography. Because the purpose of this document is critical and descriptive it requires research, synoptical and analytical skills that are used to describe the scope of the…

An Argument

In regards to the topic of my thesis; how comparative youth countercultures and their influence on social identity systems effect how graphic design functions instrumentally as a way of communicating to pop culture; I am curious to find that if in fact to what degree pop culture has been influenced by these systems or if…

Moodboard

The goal of this essay is to present a balanced and objective examination of youth countercultures and their effects on social structures and how this can be seen in a graphical context.  I set up a few moodboards for inspiration and have thought about how this one in particular will be useful in serving as…