The Media 's Influence On Popular Culture

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No matter what it might be, the media is always trying to persuade us what the new best thing is. Since the dawn of advertising, the media has always been trying to get you to buy the next big thing. And ultimately, popular culture declares what is socially acceptable, what products are the best, and what you should think about them. For the most part, media would give advertising space to whoever pays the most, but this isn’t true for political stances. Whatever source of respected pop culture publications has power to create an image of what is “good”, and people interpret it as such. Many different sources pass on their political standpoints to viewers and they can very easily sway what a viewer agrees with and finds as “good”. With this, Popular Culture (Pop Culture) determines how friendship forms because Popular Culture can change the popular opinion of what is defined as good. The view of what is good is subject to the individual interpreting it, thus there can be many sorts of good. This is why creating friendships is so difficult: everyone has different intentions of what or who they want to be, which makes many different ways to create a genuine friendship. This is working off a part of Aristiotle’s definition of true friendship, where he points out that two people must have a common good in order to become true friends. Within this focus of a common good it can be said that the other parts of Aristotle’s assumption (utility and pleasure) can be derived from the common good. Common good would not necessarily be defined in the sense of what a person would think as morally good, but a thing (tangible or not) that both/all parties have a general passion about. This could mean that people that are not morally “good” can sti... ... middle of paper ... ...similarity is the normal defined by pop culture then it is easy to stereotype people that do not adhere to pop culture. There is no question that pop culture ultimately determines how friendships form. Since everyone has a moldable view of what they see good, and the media has a way to mold what you think is good, then the media has a way to determine who you desire to make friends with. Usually, people that aren’t “normal” (or don’t adhere to popular culture) tend to be more left out. This is not saying that people that don’t adhere to popular culture don’t have any friends but rather that it is harder for them to find friends because they don’t adhere to popular culture or actively express any passion for an element of it. However, for the majority of people that have a passion for an element of pop culture it is undeniably evident that it can form true friendship.
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