The Pop Culture Lens: Episode 7 – Godzilla (1954)

The Pop Culture Lens is a scholarly podcast hosted by myself and Dr. CarrieLynn Reinhard of Dominican University. In each episode, we seek to offer fresh perspectives on past media as we attempt to determine whether or not it holds any relevance to the contemporary sociocultural experience. We structure the podcast so the format loosely resembles an academic paper, but we present the information in a way that everyone can understand.

In this episode, friend of the podcast Joe Belfeuil joins us to discuss the classic science fiction film, Godzilla (1954), and its American adaptation/appropriation Godzilla, King of the Monsters!, released in 1956. The conversation touches on many subjects related to intercultural exchange and communication, from the issue of cultural appropriation to people’s ability to understand and appreciate a pop culture text that originates from a culture different than their own. We also discuss potential reasons for the longevity and appropriation of Godzilla and other kaiju around the world, with a consideration for the role the terrorist attacks of September 11th played in the development of American kaiju films.

You can listen to the full episode below, or you can download it by visiting our Podbean site. If you like what you hear, you should consider following The Pop Culture Lens Podcast on iTunes, Tumblr, Twitter, and Facebook so you never miss an episode.

We’re always looking for ideas for new episodes, and for guests who can come on and chat about the media with us. Therefore, if you have any ideas for future topics and/or guests, or would even like to talk about some aspect of popular culture with us, please let us know! Anyway, we hope you enjoy this episode of The Pop Culture Lens, and, as always, thanks for reading (or listening, in this case).

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