TPCLP: Commercials/Advertising

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Key Terms

Absolut Vodka: Print ads
Aflac: “AFLAC!”
Apple: 1984
Budweiser: “Bud” … “Weis” … “eeeeeeer”
Budweiser: Wassup!/True
Cal Worthington and his dog Spot
The California Raisins: “I heard it thru the grapevine.”
Coca-Cola: I’d Like to Buy the World a Coke
Coca-Cola: Mean Joe Greene
Chiapets: Ch-ch-ch-chia
The Clapper: Clap on, clap off, the clapper
Geiko: “I just saved money on my car insurance!”
Lifecall: “I’ve fallen and I can’t get up.”
Mentos: The Freshmaker
Trix: “Silly rabbit, Trix are for kids.”
the truth: anti-tobacco campaign
Wendy’s: Where’s the Beef?

TPCLP: Slang/Terminology

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  • Urban Dictionary
  • Key Terms

    24/7 — 24 hours a day, 7 days a week; constantly
    bling-bling — Jamaican slang that has been adopted by some African American rappers and inserted into popular culture. The term “Bling Bling” refers to the imaginary “sound” that is produced from light reflected by a diamond.
    ice — diamonds
    whip — a nice, usually expensive car

    TPCLP: Genre Fiction

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    Key Terms

    Bodice rippers (romance novels)
    Tom Clancy
    Dragonlance (fantasy)
    William Gibson
    Stephen King (horror)
    The Lord of the Rings Trilogy (see also: J.R.R. Tolkein)
    C.S. Lewis (childrn’s fantasy/SF)
    H.P. Lovecraft (horror)
    Cthulu Mythos (horror)
    The Narnia Chronicles
    Neuromancer (SF) (See also: William Gibson)
    The Harry Potter Series (children’s fantasy) (see also: J.K. Rowlings)
    J.K. Rowlings
    The novelization of Star Wars and Star Trek
    Technothriller
    J.R.R. Tolkein (fantasy)
    Wheel of Time by Robert Jordan

    TPCLP: Movies

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    Key Terms

    The Godfather I & II
    Alfred Hitchcock (Director)
    Pulp Fiction
    The Princess Bride (1987)
    Resevoir Dogs
    Quentin Tarantino (Director)

    TPCLP: Television

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    Key Terms

    24 (FOX)
    American Idol (FOX)
    Buffy the Vampire Slayer (WB)
    Comedy Central (basic cable channel)
    Mark Burnett (Producer) — pioneer of reality TV programming
    The Family Guy (WB)
    Friends (NBC)
    HBO (Pay Cable channel)
    The Late Show with David Letterman (NBC/CBS)
    Seinfeld (NBC)
    The Simpsons (FOX)
    The Sopranos (HBO)
    The Soup Nazi
    Star Trek
    South Park (Comedy Central)
    The X-Files (FOX)

    TPCLP: Cartoons/Comic Strips

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    Key Terms

    Beatle Bailey (comic strip)
    Berkeley Breathed — cartoonist (See also: Bloom County, Opus)
    Bloom County (comic strip)
    The Boondocks (comic strip/political)
    Calvin and Hobbes (comic strip)
    Dilbert (comic strip)
    Doonesbury (comic strip/political) (See also: Gary Trudeau)
    The Far Side (comic strip)
    FoxTrot (comic strip)
    Opus
    Peanuts (comic strip)
    Garry Trudeau (See also: Doonesbury)

    TPCLP: Graphic Novels/Comics

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    Key terms

    The Avengers
    Batman
    R. Crumb
    D.C. Comics
    Daredevil
    The Dark Knight Returns (See also: Batman, Frank Miller)
    League of Extraordinary Gentlemen (See also: Alan Moore)
    Stan Lee (See also: Marvel Comics)
    Marvel Comics
    Maus by Art Spiegelman — Pulitizer-prize winning graphic novel about the Holocaust
    Frank Miller
    Alan Moore
    Spiderman
    The Watchmen (See also: Alan Moore)
    The X-Men