Pop culture is everything, it is the culture of people. It defines and dictates the desires and fears of the mainstream members of society. It is so ingrained into our lives that we collectively overlook how integral it is to our development as a society. Adults, especially teens, never even bat an eyelash at all the pop culture and advertising that surrounds them, it has become just another part of everyday life. Pop culture has and is somewhat still seen as entertainment that is enjoyed by the lower class members of society; but what is considered pop culture frequently changes over time. A notable example of this is the sixteenth century author, William Shakespeare, since his works were once considered pop culture, entertainment that could be enjoyed by everyone, but mostly the lower class. Now, he is one of the most renowned authors of the 21st century, with his works frequently adorning our English readings and receiving acclaim for his timeless classics such as Romeo and Juliet, and Hamlet. Pop culture influences
I spent some time online trying to answer my question and time after time I was led to the same direction: pop culture is what we see, hear, speak, and are otherwise exposed to on a daily basis. The infomercials we see late on television, the billboards we see on the side of the road, the junk mail we receive, the links on the web pages we visit, and the radio commercials we hear all tie together to form this idea of pop culture. These, plus many other aspects, form our minds and teach us how to be culturally smart. To be culturally smart is to understand and know pop culture. For example, if someone were to say “BUD!” it is automatically assumed that they would get a “WIES” in reply. If a person were to say “Just Do It!” Nike would be directly thought of.
Robbins, Alexandra. The Geeks Shall Inherit the Earth: Popularity, Quirk Theory, and Why Outsiders Thrive after High School. New York: Hyperion, 2011. Print.
Modern pop culture “is the entirety of ideas, perspectives, attitudes, images, and other phenomena that are within the mainstream of a given culture” (Wikipedia.com). The studying of modern pop culture has afforded me the opportunity to re-evaluate the way I perceive and understand it.
The media portrays adolescents in television shows as being rebellious, sex crazed, and unreasonable people. Freaks and Geeks, created by Paul Feig and produced by Feig, himself, and Judd Apatow, is a one hour TV show that aired on NBC from 1999-2000. The show centers around the siblings, Sam and Lindsay Weir, and their friends while they all attend McKinley High School. Freaks and Geeks is a show that portray adolescents in a way that the media doesn’t because of the lessons the characters have to learn , the choices that they choose to take, and the struggles they have to endure.
In the contemporary society, popular culture represents the emerging lifestyles, fashions, values, as well as customs that the mainstream population follows without hesitation and with loyalty. It embraces a blend of philosophies, opinions, beliefs, viewpoints, and imageries, besides various forms of events that specific groups of individuals adopt in the society. Popular culture plays a significant role in shaping the way people think or perceive things by offering them a unique interpretation of something that they may eventually like. In this digital age, some of the popular culture known today takes account of television programs watched by many people, the numbers of individuals who currently use the internet constantly as the best means
Pop culture can mean many different things to many different people. Pop culture is a form of entertainment that is consumed by mass amounts of people. Some forms of pop culture include; television, movies, music, popular tendencies, trendy clothing etc. One way to view pop culture is through a political lense. Pop culture and politics go hand and hand when it comes to one making decisions. Whether that decision is watching the six o’clock news on your favorite news casting network, or who to vote for in the next primary election. Pop culture can influence our identities and the way we perceive ourselves without use even knowing it at times.
Lester, P. M., & Ross, S. D. (2003). Images that injure, pictorial stereotypes in the media. (2nd ed., pp. 1-336). Westport, CT: Praeger Publishers.
A stereotype is an idea that is adopted about specific types of individuals or certain ways of doing things. These thoughts or beliefs may or may not accurate in every aspect. However, this is only a standard definition of what a stereotype is. Stereotypes have become a normal aspect of society. We have unconsciously allowed them to become a part of our lives due to the influence of television, newspapers, the internet and many other aspects of the media. It is no longer seen as big deal now when a stereotype is attached to a person of a certain race or group. The actions of people and their personalities are no longer a defining factor of who they are as a person, stereotypes now outweigh all of those factors. We have become dehumanized to stereotypes and the negative effects that they have on society. Stereotypes should not be used to define a person or a group of individuals because of the massive impact they possess.
Imagine the Odyssey but at an anime convention, I know it is hard to imagine but trust me it works. The Mahwah High School Drama Club presented a amazing rendition of “Geek” by Crystal Skillman this weekend. I had the pleasure of seeing it on Friday November 20th at 8:30. A I do no regret it.