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So, What Is Pop Culture, You Ask?


Popular culture is everywhere. You know it when you come to the Internet, listen to music, watch television, app-gaming or go to a movie, concert or stage show. You know the artists, the actors and actresses, sports personalities and the games they play. Today, anything with a buzz is deemed pop culture. The book definition says pop culture is a collection of thoughts, ideas, attitudes, perspectives, images (you name it) preferred by the mainstream population. A sort of common denominator.  

The most common pop culture categories are: entertainment (movies, music, TV), sports, news (as in people/places in news), politics, fashion/clothes and technology. Slang, has also become popular in our culture as each year seems to have its own slang signature, especially with tweens and teens. Terms such as "going viral" are new pop culture - not only the term, but the viral product itself.   

Each one of us has our own pop culture menu. Look at your apps, your bookmarks, your songs playlist, TV shows, movies: what you 're saying on your favorite social net. Smartphones today are the center of your pop culture. 

Although not used in our lexicon back then - modern pop culture (as we know it) began with the baby boomer generation and "buying power." As boomers came of age with their disposable incomes - that influence led the pop culture revolution. It began during the 1950's with rock n' roll, TV, Dick Clark and the hoola hoop, transistor radios, into the 1960's and beyond.

The term "pop culture" became mainstream during the 1980's. Before this, we used "popular" to describe things such as, top song playlists or "pop" as in art or "best" or "top" selling, as in books.

Pop culture is fun, fascinating and is at the center of our lives. Test yourself. The last time you spoke to your good friend, wasn't pop culture part of that conversation?


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Gary West

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