As a college student, by now you’ve probably written many, many research papers. And because of this, you’ve (hopefully) learned a great deal about both classical topics (like history) and more modern topics (like pop culture). But which is better to research? Emperor Justinian The Second, or Justin Bieber? The historical town of Honeybrooke, PA, or Honey Boo Boo? Have you ever sat down and asked yourself which would be better to write about: history or pop culture?
And in this blog post, I am going to write my own (albeit short) essay, an essay explaining why pop culture is, in fact, a much wiser research topic than history. It is way better to write about because of A) its relevance, B) the fact that it is constantly changing, and C) the fact that YOU are ALREADY AN EXPERT! But before I get to that most endearing point, I have to start off with more basic facts.
So, starting off: relevancy. Pop culture is THE most relevant research topic out there. Why? Because it’s current! And in your lifetime, it will always be current! And by the time it is legitimate history (let’s say, in a hundred years), you will be one of the people who first wrote about it. How cool is that?
Of course, there will be people who have arguments against using pop culture as a research topic, people who claim that it is overused. But how can something that changes every second of every day be overused? And if you think about it, if so many college students, are interested enough to write about it, then other people (including other college students) will definitely want to read about it! Still, there will always be history lovers.
Some say it’s important to write about history because we want to learn from it, because we don’t want history to repeat itself. But as a college student, you have already been through 12 grades of history lessons! It’s time we switch from talking about what’s happened to talking about what’s happenING.
And besides, you are ALREADY AN EXPERT.
That’s right, you’ve experienced pop culture firsthand, as it has happened. You’ve experienced Rebecca Black’s notorious “Friday” video. You’ve experienced the worldwide Bieber Fever. And you’ve experienced the 7-year-old worldwide phenomenon known as Honey Boo Boo. For the sake of the person who has to read your paper, please, write about what you know and what you are interested in. After all, nobody wants to read a boring paper.
If you don’t believe me, I’ll just let you decide between two famous quotes.
“Imagination is more important than knowledge.”
“YA’LL BETTER REDNECKOGNIZE!”
-Alana “Honey Boo Boo” Thompson
Now ask yourself: which is more entertaining?
Bennett is a third year digital design student at the University of Cincinnati. While he does enjoy drawing, writing, creating video skits, and all other creative activities, he also enjoys keeping up to date with recent scientific discoveries. But most of all, he enjoys knowing that you are intrigued enough to read this!