Pop Culture as Social Critique:

Using Popular Genres to Cultivate Cultural Awareness and Rhetorical Adaptability in the FYC Classroom

Heather Marcelle Crickenberger

genre n Kind; sort; style. spec. A particular style or category of works of art; esp. a type of literary work characterized by a particular form, style, or purpose. (OED)

pop culture n culture based on popular taste rather than that of an educated elite, usually commercialized and made widely available by the mass media. (OED)

While the subject of genre in the composition classroom is one that has sparked so much discussion over the past decades that it has become a subfield in its own, there appears to be much unchartered territory to explore in regards to the usefulness of more widespread popular genres in the academic classroom.