Using popular culture a popular thing to do
Wow, with a title like The top 10 things living on Lady Gaga (and you) I knew I was in for a treat writing this blog. And right I was, the use of popular culture in this piece of writing works very well. In fact, I doubt I would have become interested in the topic at all without the insertion of the infamous meat-bikini-wearing celebrity’s name drop in the title. The Author cleverly uses Gaga’s song titles as subheadings for each of his paragraphs, which not only breaks up the paragraphs nicely, but also led me to want to know how he could relate each of Gaga’s song titles to the topic at hand. My favourite quote would have to be:
Moving up, let’s not pause too long near the (meat) bikini line other than to say that our privates are riotous with life. They are what conservation biologists tend to call a “biodiversity hot spot.”
Here the author smartly uses references to one of Gaga’s most well known outfits, the meat bikini. Yes you read that right. I think the writer adds to the appeal of writing with popular culture by mentioning that he himself knows very little about Lady Gaga. I think this gives his point of view more weighting, as what credible scientist has time to learn about such nimblings as what is considered ‘popular.’ So my fellow Science Communicators, my proposition to you is how about adding a few ‘so hot right now’ Justin Bieber references into your science writing article, It’s sure to draw both the lovers and the haters in, like Biebers to honey (haha).