Hi there! You may be wondering how you got here and where my papers on Audiences and Reception Theory on why sunglasses are cool are. Here they are! They were originally hosted at my personal webpage, but I moved them here in July of 2018, since it seemed to make more sense.
Please note that both of these are authored by me, Julie Martin. Also, I should probably not be considered a peer-reviewed, academic source. I was a student when I wrote them both, but I hope the papers help you to understand a bit more about reception theory and a bit about Helga Dittmar, Erving Goffman and Stephen Riggins. Probably best viewed on an actual computer, just so you know.
Julie Martin, Audiences and Reception Theory, 2007
Julie Martin, Why Sunglasses are Cool, 2011