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• Choose a form of popular media that you are passionate about. The media may be music, a book, or a movie. I advise you to choose a specific media. For example, rather than choosing film as a category, please select a specific film like "The Hurt Locker," for instance.
• Write a thesis sentence stating how and why it is more than just a piece of entertainment. The thesis must include why it is a legitimate form of popular culture. Keep in mind factors such as influence and controversy.
• Write a 250- to 350-word introductory paragraph that includes points that will be used in a paper to support your thesis statement. Clarification Note: You only have to write one paragraph for this assignment; that’s all. This paragraph should be an introductory paragraph, which includes the thesis.

In Times Like these is a song by Kid Rock, it is more than just a piece of entertainment, because he tells of the economic hard times, the beauty of Michigan and the tenacity of its people, it gives the people of Michigan a hope that he believes the state can once again be viable, and the rough times make the people of Michigan who they are.

Kid Rock is a famous Michigander; he loves Detroit, Michigan and the blue collar working man. His songs not only provide encouragement for the people of Michigan, but he tells others through his gift of song that the people of Michigan/Detroit are not as bad as some of the media has made us out to be. Kid Rock tells how beautiful the state is with its many lakes, rivers and forest. Michiganders maybe down on our luck, with high unemployment, and the misfortune of the auto industry but as Kid points out in his song In These Times, we have tenacity that will prevail and we will bring our state back to a viable contributing influence for the whole country. Kid Rock likens the concrete and steel of Detroit to the people who live there, that they are strong and can stand up to the winds of change. Kid Rock is a voice for Michigan, he tours all over and still stays loyal to Michigan, he always comes home and he sings songs about the state. Because he is such a huge star, people listen to him and respect some of his view points. Kid Rock is able to put his message out through song which gives some people another way to relate to what is going on in the world around them.

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    Have ou ben able to prove your thesis in your intro paragraph? Have you opened up any avenues of dialogue or argument? Can you see how you'll relate your conclusion to your introduction and do you have enough material between, with what you've written, to fill out a thesis paper? Your intro should introduce all the ideas you'll be speaking about and yes, you can change it now if you think you need to...just rgue your way through that, too. Good practice.

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