Theory: Identity and Difference
These pages are derived from a Communications Theory seminar in which students discussed elements of popular/media culture which are (or have been) personally meaningful to them. The themes shown on the primary page (above) are those which seemed to make up the 'core' of the reasons why people might identify with or relate to particular media figures.
Once again, Madonna, Boy George and Pet Shop Boys recur as aspirational icons. Neil Tennant has spoken about the aspirational glamour of 1980s pop, as it rejected the stodgy, predictable machismo of the previous and contemporary 'rock' traditions.
Superman and Wonder Woman were also mentioned as aspirational and empowering icons.
The Madonna photograph by David LaChapelle (1998, right) reflects this aspirational, multicultural, multi- identity, celebratory spirit.