TPCLP: Websites and Internet Resources

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Resources & Links

Key Terms

Blogger — free blog publishing service
blogspot — URL for blogs hosted by Blogger
blogs — short for weblogs
CNET
Day by Day (web comic)
Instapundit — Glen Reynold’s blog
It’s Walky! (web comic)
Kausfiles — Mickey Kaus’ blog
Kevin and Kell (web comic)
Linux
Nukees (web comic)
The Onion
Open-source software
Sinfest (web comic)
Sitemeter — free web counter used by many blogs to count page visits
Slashdot
Suck — influential blog-style web magazine; stopped publishing in 1999
Sluggy Freelance (web comic)
Andrew Sullivan — Andrew Sullivan’s blog
Technorati — blog tracking website
Linus Torvald
Weblog — A blog is an online Web journal or Web log. The act of updating a blog is “blogging” and someone who keeps a blog is a “blogger.” A blog may be something as simple as an online diary, the musings of a political pundit, or daily notes distributed on a new technology or service. Blogs usually contain links to other blogs and sites that the blogger thinks is worthy.

TPCLP: Computer/Video Games

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Resources & Links

Key Terms

Deathmatch: Playing a shooter online where the objective is to kill or “frag” the other players in the game.
LAN (local Area Network) Party: People bring their computers, network them together, and then go at it free-for-all or in teams in various games of various genres. Straddles the line between underground and mainstream.
Shooter: A shooting game from the first or third person perspective.
Games
007 Goldeneye
Asteroids
Atari (game console/influential corporation)
Baldur’s Gate
Black & White
Breakout
Colecovision (game console)
Command and Conquer
Counter-Strike
Deus Ex
Donkey Kong
Doom
Everquest
Fallout
Frogger
Gameboy (portable game player)
Goldeneye – one of the first “First Person Shooter” console games
Grand Theft Auto
Grand Theft Auto III
Half-Life
Halo
King’s Quest
Mario Brothers
Mortal Kombat
Myst
Nintendo (game console)
QBert
Quake
Pacman
PlayStation 1 & 2 (game console)
Pong
Resident Evil
Sega (game console)
The Sims
Sonic the Hedgehog
Space Invaders
Space Quest
Starcraft
System Shock
Tetris
Tomb Raider
Unreal Tournament
Warcraft
Wasteland
Wing Commander
Wolfenstein
XBox (game console)
The Zelda Series

TPCLP: Magazines

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Resources & Links

Key Terms

FHM
Tina Brown (editor)
George
“Laddie mags”
Maxim
The Nation
National Review
The New Republic
Rolling Stone
The Source
Spin
Spy

TPCLP: Fashion/Style

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Resources & Links

Key Terms

Metrosexual — Of or pertaining to a straight, urban male who is eager to embrace and even show off his feminine side, especially when it comes to expensive haircuts, designer suits, and $40 face cream. The term was coined by Mark Simpson in an article on Salon.com, “Meet the Metrosexual”

TPCLP: Commercials/Advertising

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Resources & Links

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

Note: Find out more about The Pop Culture Literacy Project on the Introduction and the Category pages.

Resources & Links

  • 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