Cultural Destruction

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Cultural Destruction American pop culture can readily been seen in many aspects of American life. “Pop” was originally coined to mean “popular.” While this literal meaning still holds true, pop culture has spun into a new generation. While pop still describes what is popular, the term has taken on a negative connotation. Today, the term is used to describe bands such as the Backstreet Boys and N’Sync. Britney Spears has also been coined as a pop singer. The term pop is often seen as a downfall and indicates temporary fame. Many pop artists are thought to be just that: pop artists. They do nothing more than achieve their five minutes of fame and then move on. Pop culture is destroying the greatness of American culture and putting the true great artists to shame. Pop culture is evident in all aspects of American society but one of the greatest influences is seen in music. Music has evolved so much since the time of the great singers like Elvis and the Beatles. This change can be attributed to advancements in technology but, in some cases, what appears to be growth has become nothing but a lack of talent and dependence on machines and a naïve American people. Many of these artists achieve their fame because of their outward appearance-usually after cosmetic surgery-and the machines that generate their voices. In his essay titled “The Soundtracking of America,” J. Bottum agrees that “western pop songs make us ‘forcibly retarded,’ because they’re so shallow and because we’re compelled to hear the same ones over and over again.” Radio stations only play the so-called “pop” songs and, therefore, we, as a culture, are subjected and even forced to like these often obnoxious tunes. The songs rarely have any merit but are supported ... ... middle of paper ... ...“Making the Band” and “American Idol” are nothing but a pathetic attempt at forcing a new pop star onto the American people. Some of us are disgusted at being forced to choose a new “idol” from the talent less pretty faces on the screen. We should be able to listen to whomever and whatever we choose. Everyone in this country should have an equal chance at fame. Their fame should be based on talent, not on looks or on the way they charm the audience or a select group of judges. Pop culture could ruin the prosperous future of American art and should be seriously looked at before we all become mindless lemmings and follow a predetermined path of false happiness. Works Cited “99 Luftballoons, A Side By Side Comparison.” 6 November 2002. <http://www.inthe80s.com/redger3.shtml.> Bottum, J. “The Soundtracking of America.” The Atlantic Monthly. March 2000. p56.
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