Here’s a little piece of reference gold: America.gov makes many of its publications available to the public online, and they’re constantly posting new ones for downloading!
The June 2011 journal, Pop Culture versus Real America, attempts to dispell stereotypes about American life that often result from watching American television and film. It contains synopses of popular U.S. shows such as Grey’s Anatomy and Baywatch, and follows up with an article about real American doctors and lifeguards (respectively). Life is not nearly as glamourous as you’d think, even in the ER or on the beach!
In related pop culture news, the National Gallery of Canada currently has on display an exhibit titled ”Pop Life“. The show features the art of many famous American artists including Andy Warhol and Jeff Koons.
If you’re in Ottawa this summer, be sure to “pop” in!!