Pop Culture Polemic: The Mission

The word “mission” seems a bit heavy-handed right now, but I have a feeling that by the end of the year it will seem much more accurate.

My name is Meghan White.

I just graduated from the University of Illinois at Chicago, where I spent the majority of my time reading, writing critical analysis of the stuff I had to read, and doing it all within social, cultural, and occasionally philosophical parameters.  As painfully dorky as it is for me to admit it, I absolutely loved it, and I hate the thought of abandoning critical study as I leave academics in pursuit of a career (since I haven’t found the person yet who will pay me to sit around and read comics).

Pop Culture Polemic is just what the name entails.  A “polemic” is at its heart, a critic.  A polemical argument takes a stand against widely accepted beliefs and actively seeks to refute them.  Polemic writing is intended to take a controversial point of view and defend it as strongly as possible, and while the nature of polemics tends to lend itself to one-sidedness, I think that’s a quality that works pretty well for a blog.  So I’ll be discussing and criticizing certain aspects of pop culture, focusing specifically on the geeky stuff.  Comic books, movies, TV, that sort of thing.

I also just happen to like the alliterative quality of the phrase “pop culture polemic.”

But what’s the process going to be?  Like most True Believers, I pick up comics every Wednesday from a local comic shop.  Each week, I’ll update the blog and talk about the things I read, and I’ll talk about the things that tend to get glossed over, namely how social issues are treated within the context of the book.  How are women portrayed?  How are gender and sexuality portrayed?  Minorities?  People with disabilities?  My intention is for this to be a blog that focuses on pointing out the good and calling out the bad, not because I’m looking for a reason to be angry and not because I hate comics.  That couldn’t be further from the truth.  I love comics.  Insanely, deeply, irrationally, and unwaveringly.  There is no other medium that I’d rather immerse myself in.  That’s why I’m writing this blog, to help preserve the integrity of the medium essentially just by keeping it honest.  It is only out of respect for comics that I want to bring awareness to both the good and the bad of the industry.

It always sounds better coming from Wonder Woman.

I don’t think I could put it any better than that.

–Meg