Social Media Influence On Pop Culture

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Popular culture embodies the beliefs, ideas, perspectives, attitudes, and images of various cultures. Popular culture is heavily influenced by mass media, key celebrity figures, movies and related entertainment, as well as sports and news. However, in the past decade, the Internet and social media has come to be a significant influence on pop culture. Social Media influences what music we listen to. In the past people used to listen to songs that had meaning behind them, and it was because they personally enjoyed the music. For example “ Go back in time a few decades, to the 60s, 70s, and 80s… Many of the bands of the past wrote music that had real depth to it. Their lyrics were meaningful.”- states GiannaA. In today’s society…show more content…
On Instagram, a photo-based social media site, highly popular pages showcase, and therefore market, photographs of food to their followers. “If you can get through the Vogue.com holiday dessert roundup—featuring this salted caramel apple pie and more—without your mouth watering,” - states the Vogue Magazine Instagram feed, “then you 're one step ahead of us.” Although the audience is only looking at a photograph, the language used as a caption contributes to an idea that the caramel apple pie is delicious, in-demand, and a must-have. In other words, to be normal and to be able to fit in is to find the apple pie enticing. The caption leaves no space for personal preferences because it makes the public assumption that all will enjoy this apple pie. Although this particular example comes from a more traditional source, Vogue Magazine, there is a vast number of self-made “celebrities” on the Internet who have gained a mass following. Although magazines and businesses often try selling a product online, online celebrities are selling themselves online. In a constant quest for a large following and more engaged audience members, online celebrities resort to sharing posts and photos that would appeal to the largest number of audience members. They reinforce existing ideas by both sharing the ideas, and by modeling what “normal” ideas are for…show more content…
To test the theory out I showed my family members, and friends the same exact pictures and amazingly enough they all said left for both faces. But if we didn’t have the Internet, the chances are we would prefer the images on the right! The reason many people prefer the faces on the left for image 1 is because of the stereotypes men are given. A man is supposed to be more masculine, have a more defined jawline, and tough skin; from social medias perspective at least. For the picture portraying the female I also chose left, that’s because of how social media portrays the perfect woman, soft, thin, and less masculine. There was a test done surveying 200 men and women (ages 18-25). Before the test was conducted there was a survey to see who had Internet access, or any type of social media access. Those who didn’t have any access to the Internet mainly picked the images on the right, meanwhile those who had access to the Internet mainly focused on the images to the left, the reason behind this is because of the stereotypes men and women are given. Stereotypes have developed our preferences of how a human should look like. If it wasn’t for the Internet,
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