This lesson is designed to help students interrogate and deconstruct popular culture and understand the underlying messages it sometimes sends. The “text” the students will be examining is the music video for Taylor Swift’s “Wildest Dreams.” Students read a compilation of texts about post-colonialism and the perceptions of Africa from Western eyes. The first three texts have questions (including answers).
Students then look at the video for Taylor Swift’s video and the accompanying two texts that debate the perception of the video as perpetuating negative colonialist stereotypes of Africa. Students then compose a piece of writing that argues for the interpretation of the music video.