POP CULTURE / POP HISTORY/ AMERICAN STUDIES WEBSITE
The Pop History Dig is a two year-old, content-rich destination website dedicated to public education on the history, politics, and business of popular culture. The site covers topics ranging from pop music and sports, to presidential campaigns, big media activity, celebrity advertising, and much more.
The Pop History Dig offers credible and in-depth articles in the "long-form" journalistic mold, set in a magazine-like format. Stories have a strong "visual" element, with a healthy mix of photos, sidebars & pull quotes, some with music clips. All stories are carefully researched & fully documented, each with extensive sources, links & additional information at the end of each story. The site currently features more than 100 short- and medium-length stories, with another 100 under development.
Stories cover subjects ranging from Bob Dylan’s music to Rupert Murdoch’s media empire; Mickey Mantle’s home runs to the Rolling Stone’s concert touring business model. Others have focused on former U.S. Senator Bill Bradley’s rise to politics from pro basketball; celebrity involvement in the 1968 Democratic and Republican presidential campaigns; billionaire Warren Buffett’s rise to mainstream media celebrity; the Frost-Nixon interviews; commercial advertising history; rock music history, and more.
Pop History Dig stories & images currently appear on 1st & 2nd on Google search-results pages, given relevant queries. The site is designed to serve both general and niche audiences – the latter of mostly serious readers, students, teachers, historians, media analysts, rock music lovers, sports enthusiasts -- and the former, more general readers, drawn to lighter stories and nostalgia-type pieces.
In recent months The Pop History Dig has attracted visitors from more than 5,000 cities in at least 140 countries around the world, including social historians, media analysts, and academic researchers, finding it a credible and important source on the history and power of contemporary culture.
I currently offer a related research service at the site, but am also considering taking the site in some new directions. Among these are possible academic and/or public interest affiliations – especially those at colleges, universities, foundations, think tanks, or other public interest venues. I remain open to all possibilities in this category – my primary interest being to maintain the site’s integrity and continue developing & building it generally along its present course. Interested parties can contact me directly at: firstname.lastname@example.org, the phone number below, or through the website.
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