Millennials and Gen Z in Popular Culture examines media and popular culture forms for and about millennials and Generation Z. In this collection, contributors articulate the need for studying cultural artifacts connected to members of these generations. Rather than focusing on each generation specifically, this collection takes an intergenerational approach, placing them in dialogue with one another by focusing on media and experiences that are geared toward both. Scholars of media studies, popular culture, and sociology will find this book of particular interest.
Ahmet Atay is professor of communication at the College of Wooster.
Mary Z. Ashlock is associate professor of communication at the University of Louisville.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1: So you want to be a #GIRLBOSS?”: Millennial Femininity and Entrepreneurial Selfhood in Girlboss and The Girlfriend Experience
Chapter 2: Retrace Your Steps, Escape Your Past: Identity, Belonging, Nostalgia, and Representation in Ready Player One
Chapter 3: Transmediality, Agency, and Authenticity – Engaging the Fans of the Austentatious Book Club
Ruxandra Trandafoiu and Carol Poole
Chapter 4: Food and the Next Generation: Putting Their Money Where their Mouth is
Chapter 5: Revising The Slasher Genre for Millennials and Generation Z: Remaking Black Christmas
Chapter 6: The Influencer Generations: Millennials and Generation Z are Ditching the Typical 9-5 to Post on Social Media
Sydney Dotson and Mary Z. Ashlock
Chapter 7: Millennials and Democratic Socialism: Media Representations and Political Memory Under Neoliberalism
Christopher C. Barnes
Chapter 8: Boldly Shattering Millennial Stereotypes
Victoria McDermont and Nike Jacob
Chapter 9: Studying Media Portrayals of Millennials and Generation Z Through the Lens of Critical Communication Pedagogy
Anthony Esposito and Ronald K. Raymond
About the Contributors