An extensive list of possible popular culture topics —
If you are interested in relating our PREFACE theme and our book to your pop cultural analysis, here are a few ideas to get you started.
You may already know of the Parenthood TV Series’s representations of Asperger’s Syndrome(now Autism Spectrum), but doing a quick search of “Parenthood and autism” gives you an interesting picture of the medical and public response to those popular culture representations of both children and adults on the autism spectrum (https://www.google.com/webhp?sourceid=chrome-instant&ion=1&espv=2&ie=UTF-8#q=Parenthood+autism). Parenthood is available on Netflix.
Also, many people believe that Sheldon from Big Bang Theory is on the spectrum, although the show states that he is not. Here is a blog post talking about this:
Also, you might want to do some research on Dr. Temple Grandin. Claire Danes starred in a movie about her a few years back. Here is Temple Grandin’s website: http://www.templegrandin.com/
Also, if you are interested in what pop culture (especially the blogosphere) is doing with the vax vs. antivax argument, you can info gather, get both side, and see what you think:
There is an article on modified vaccines here: http://issuu.com/naupstate/docs/na_upstate_october_2015_web_final
And a film called Trace Amounts is showing on October 27th at 7 pm in Greenville at Camelot Cinemas – 48 Atrium Drive. This will likely give you an anti-vax viewpoint for consideration.
For a pro-vax stance, here is one site to get you started: http://www.vaccines.gov/more_info/features/five-important-reasons-to-vaccinate-your-child.html
Here is a decent list of popular films that feature autism as a theme. It might be a longer list than you would expect:
What do you think about neurotypical people portraying special needs characters?
How about having special needs actors play special needs characters? If you are interested in disability and film, try here:
For a general list of popular cultural critical analysis examples, try this site:
This is just a start. I will expand on this list as we learn about resources. If you find any good links to pop culture topics, email me the links and I will put them on the list.