Essay on Pop Culture : 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 early seventeenth 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, how our friendships are changing, and how education is evolving.
The media that reflects pop culture, whether violent or not, influences the way each new generation acts and identifies. The media influences the way we live, with teens and children being easier targets. Between the years 1965-1980, there was a spike in the rate of violent crimes in the United States which could have been attributed to the rise in…

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