The Pop History Dig is a website about popular culture – its history, its people, its businesses, and its politics. The media and entertainment industries are a special focus, including music, film, television, sports, publishing, and advertising. The site features short stories, biographies, and period pieces – both contemporary and retrospective.
Subjects range from Bob Dylan to Rupert Murdock; Mickey Mantle to Richard Nixon; John Steinbeck to Tina Turner. Recent pieces have focused on the origins of the song “Ohio” after the 1970 Kent State shootings; Bill Bradley’s rise from basketball to presidential politics; the use of music from Janis Joplin, Sting, and others in advertising; how Ted Turner built CNN; Michael Jackson’s Beatles song catalog; how NCAA “final four” basketball is part of a growing “entertainment economy;” and how the Rolling Stones built a new business model for rock concert touring in the late 1980s.
A basic premise of the site is that busy people in today’s world often miss or by-pass important historic and cultural events when they first occur. Others have completely forgotten such events or know little of their significance. The Pop History Dig is offered as a place to revisit some of that cultural history – to take a “second look” – whether decades old or occurring just last week. It is also a place to consider the importance and meaning of these events as they’ve occurred in history and their impact on society, values, and politics.
Everything from Thomas Edison’s inventions to Oprah Winfrey’s political endorsements is part of the mix at the website – and more. The site is designed for a wide range of readers – whether film historian, rock music fan, stay-at-home Mom, or Wall Street broker. Professors, students, and journalists should find value there as well, along with political junkies and media and entertainment analysts.
More detail is available at the site with its Home-page story thumbnails, “About”page detail, and other category and directory pages. A custom research service is also available.
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