Episode 3: “Revolutionary Pop”

What does M.I.A. mean when she says “I got more records than the K.G.B.” in her hit song Paper Planes? And who is the man on the back of Jay-Z’s jacket in his Run this Town video? This episode examines these sly political messages and the artists’ efforts to drum up awareness–or revolution?

By Diana Ozemebhoya Eromosele


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Ellen L. Gorman is an adjunct professor in Georgetown University’s English Department where she teaches courses such as “War and Terrorism in Popular Culture” and “Introduction to Cultural Studies.” She is co-editor of and contributor to is an adjunct professor in Georgetown University’s English Department. She is co-editor of and contributor to The Hummer: Myths and Consumer Culture published in March 2007 by Rowman & Littlefield, and has published articles on social labor and critical theory. Professor Gorman has also coordinated an annual symposium on visual culture at George Mason University and taught courses in the School of Art at GMU and the Corcoran School of Art + Design.

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