Signs of Life in the U.S.A. Short Essay - Answer Key

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1. What are popular signs of life?

A sign is anything that sends us a message. Popular signs of life are the signs that send us a message, directly or indirectly, concerning what we should be about. They shape our sense of self and our reality. They represent popular culture.

2. What are some examples of popular culture?

Popular sports events, movies, music, and Broadway shows such as Rent are some example of popular culture.

3. According to the authors, what are the advantages of writing about popular culture?

We are all immersed in popular culture to some extent. It is a subject that we are already familiar with. Analytical writing on a familiar subject helps students hone their writing skills so that they can later apply them to topics that they are not familiar with.

4. What method do the authors introduce to study popular culture?

The authors introduce semiotic method to study popular culture. Semiotic method involves analytic writing that first recognizes the signs of images or forms of behavior, and then goes beyond the surface to analyze and interpret their meaning.

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