Pop Culture Is A Reflection Of Social Change

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Pop culture is a reflection of social change, not a cause of social change” (John Podhoretz). It encompasses the advertisements we see on T.V, the clothes we wear, the music we listen too, and it’s the reason Leonardo DiCaprio has not won an Oscar yet. It defines and dictates the desires and fears of the mainstream members of society; and it is so ingrained into our lives that it has become as natural as breathing. Moreover, adults never even bat an eyelash at all the pop culture and advertising that surrounds them since it has become just another part of everyday life. Pop culture is still somewhat seen as entertainment enjoyed by the lower class members of society; but pop culture standards change over time. A notable example of this is the sixteenth century author, William Shakespeare, since his works were considered pop culture, entertainment that could be enjoyed by everyone, but now they are considered literary classics. While pop culture encompasses most aspects of our lives, its influence is most obvious through each generations reaction to media,…show more content…
Nevertheless, it binds people together and dictates what is socially acceptable, while reflecting what we believe and love. It allows individuals to change prevailing norms of behavior from the inside out. Pop culture helps us evolve from living in small homogeneous villages to coinciding in large heterogeneous cities, where a population thrives on differences. Pop culture gives each member of a society a sense of belonging, and the most obvious example would be the World Cup, a worldwide event that happens every four years. It paved the way for social and technological innovation, especially with the expansion of the internet everyone has equal access to information that was not previously available. Pop culture and its immediate effects are essential to individual and societal

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