About Pop Cultural Studies

About this blog

The idea for Pop Cultural Studies comes from people I have talked to in my studies of literature – some people maintain the notion that there is a contrast of high culture and low culture. Some professors I have encountered scoff at the idea that television, film, video games, comics, etc. are nothing more than mindless entertainment. I disagree; and think that these things deserve a closer look. Pop Cultural Studies strives to take an elevated, more analytical look at popular culture.If you notice, I try my best to not just write the things that you’re likely to find on other blogs – reviews, top tens, and other “List-icles” (but I’m not above speculation). Instead, I aim to go deeper.

(If you see spelling or grammatical errors on my blog, please let me know!)

About our contributors

Andrew Rainaldi

Andrew Rainaldi (First of His Name) is the founder, lead contributor, and editor-in-chief of Pop Cultural Studies. He lives in New Jersey and works as an Administrative Assistant. His favorite media to write about are Game of Thrones and Star Wars. He has been previously published in Areo Magazine and No Coast Bias.

How to Contact: alrainaldi@gmail.com or @popculturedwp on Twitter (Please do not contact me on Facebook, that’s weird)

Hugh Geraghty

Hugh is Pop Cultural Studies’ reality television columnist. He works as a producer’s assistant from Brooklyn, New York. In 2018, he began writing a comprehensive ranking of Survivor contestants.

Lucas Snyder

Lucas Snyder is a guest contributor to PCS, who knows damn well that they stopped making good Star Wars movies after 2005. His column, Citation Needed, addresses the real issues in Hollywood, such as how Disney is paying critics to praise their movies, or how the Rick and Morty fandom is severely misunderstood. He was inspired to write media criticism after watching the music videos of Jake Paul and reading the film reviews of New Yorker film critic Richard Brody. His favorite movie is Star Wars, Episode III: Revenge of the Sith



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7 thoughts on “About Pop Cultural Studies

  1. I’d disagree with those professors too.

    I mean if we talk about things that makes a difference in our lives, let’s just look at it this way, is Luke Skywalker, Spiderman, Superman, Batman, Pumba, Timon, Simba and other fictional characters real? They are purely fictional and created for entertainment purposes but guess what?

    They’ve impacted our lives A LOT and probably more so as compared to any real world person of the past whom we’ve never met before. Well, what I’m trying to say here is basically, I agree with you bud lol!

    Nice list btw 😉

    Your pal,

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    1. That’s a fair question, but I don’t have a very specific answer, since it would vary case by case. A lot of it ends up being just taking a closer look at movies or television and seeing what makes it great or what can make it better. If I had to point out one lens, that would likely be it.

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