Legal Perspective of "Semiotic Democracy"

"Cultural populists," . . . generally view popular culture as contested terrain in which individuals and groups (racial, ethnic, gender, class, etc.) struggle, albeit on unequal terms, to make and establish their own meanings and identities. As the populists see things, the consumers of cultural commodities (movies, songs, fashions, television programs, etc.) neither uniformly receive nor uncritically accept the "preferred meanings" that are generated and circulated by the culture industry. To varying degrees, depending on their social location and sophistication, consumers "resist" or even subvert these meanings. They "recode" cultural and even industrial commodities in ways that better serve their particular needs and interests, and "rework" them to express meanings different from the ones intended or preferred by their producers.


Also a way of saying "Beauty is in the eye of the beholder," in that entertainers have no control over how the viewer reinterprets their work.

Folksonomies: art perception humanities interpretation

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Culture (0.954431): dbpedia | freebase | opencyc
Film (0.942312): dbpedia | freebase | opencyc
Anthropology (0.916311): dbpedia | freebase | opencyc
Popular culture (0.888473): dbpedia | freebase | yago
Television (0.826441): dbpedia | freebase | opencyc
Linguistics (0.741267): dbpedia | freebase | opencyc
High culture (0.728827): dbpedia | freebase | yago
The Culture (0.684572): dbpedia | freebase | yago

 Private Ownership of Public Image: Popular Culture and Publicity Rights
Periodicals>Journal Article:  Madow, Michael (1993), Private Ownership of Public Image: Popular Culture and Publicity Rights, California Law Review, Volume 81, p. 125 (1993), Retrieved on 2013-08-01
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  • Folksonomies: law intellectual property