Do we control pop culture or does pop culture control us?


By Anthony Sicilia                                                                        December 18, 2015

I ask this question and I loosely base it on opinion. I have no opinion on pop culture but I have lived long enough to have some questions and general thoughts. The question in general is most certainly a hard one to answer. (“This idea is based on what the consumer needs are vs their wants.”) Sometimes pop culture is necessary to maintain a state of living. A general example of this is shopping for food and clothing.  As a general population we need food to eat, and clothes to wear to maintain the very basics in life. It’s important in this era of time to determine just what exactly POP CULTURE is?  Popular culture or pop culture is the entirety of ideasperspectivesattitudesimages, and other phenomena that are within the mainstream of a given culture, especially Western culture of the early to mid-20th century and the emerging global mainstream of the late 20th and early 21st century.

Heavily influenced by mass media, this collection of ideas permeates the everyday lives of the society. The most common pop culture categories are: entertainment (movies, music, TV), sports, news (as in people/places in news), politics, fashion/clothes, technology and slang.[1]

Source:  Wikipedia  

Now that we all have a general consensus of what pop culture is and its impact on not only society but its global effect as well. Some would argue that pop culture first began with 80’s slinky commercials but then again I think that’s a topic for another blog down the road. The important thought to keep in mind is to constantly ask yourself this? If I buy this, eat this, wear this, hear this will my life be effect in a positive way?

There is no real answer to that general. In life there are only two kinds of people in this style of marketing, there are inventors and there are consumers. However who is to say what we consume in a day does good for us, of course excluding basic life needs.

We live in the time and age, where we as a population have a great urge to be connected to internet, mobile devices and cable or satellite boxes.  Take for example a lot of people can be very vocal on social media sites but I question what kind of positive impact you can make on your city if you’re connected to Facebook for six hours a day commenting on a photo or quarreling with a family member, friend, and or you’re former boyfriend or girlfriend.

It must be understood that having so much interactions is not always the best medicine. With all the uses of pop culture these days it’s valuable to ask the question when we are connected to our cell phones, internets and television whenever are we silent and still?

In this day and age it’s fair to say that being silent, being still and being in peace when you’re disconnected from the world is largely underrated.   If the world’s population is losing their ability to be still, be silent and to be content being disconnected I ask the question that is the proliferation of mass media is simple tool of distraction from the bigger picture in life?

If my readers ask the question what distraction is mass media using to keep from than that should give each of you a clear indication that you may need to take some to be content being disconnected.




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