Pop Culture: The Negative Effects Of Popular Culture

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Popular culture has changed the way people live. It has effected society in a numerous of ways. From television to cultural influences all the way back to the way people talk. Popular culture has taken its toll on the world. According to The Cultural Landscape, Popular Culture by definition is, “Culture found in a large, heterogeneous society that shares certain habits despite differences in other personal characteristics.” (Rubenstein, Page 487) Popular culture is negatively affecting our society because globalization is causing many traditional cultures to become nonexistent, many teenagers and young adults to become more introduced to a new and bad lifestyle and also turning our world into a more biased environment where you have to meet …show more content…
That’s exactly what globalization is. “Actions or processes that involve the entire world and result in making something worldwide in scope”, according to The Cultural Landscape (Rubenstein, Page 485) Popular Culture with the help of globalization is causing many folk culture traditions to vanish. Traditional values that once were important to many folk cultures now begins to disappear, mainly because people begin to lean towards the path of fitting into society. People decide that it’s time to hit the bandwagon and they feel like since everyone else is doing it, they have to do it too. Not only is it majorly affecting the U.S, its also affecting many of the foreign countries as well. Westernization has become a major problem in countries like China and Japan. One big part of Globalization and the spread of Popular Culture is due to technology and to be even more specific social media. From one end of the world all the way back around, people are now using cell phones and internet. Twitter to Instagram and back to just the plain World Wide Web, the news of Apple products and brand name items are being discovered. In …show more content…
They know that the only way to fit in is to step in line and do exactly what the person in front of you is doing. Social Norms is a big part of the standards of living. When you see people walking around with Coach Purses and UGGS on, you know you have to get them or you will be “out of style”. Fashion is a big part of fitting in. If you are not wearing brand name clothes, then you are considered to be poor or just out of the “pyramid”. Who you are in society defines who you are as a person, and most people want to be known. Popular Culture has set a limit on who people can be. People do not want to be themselves because they are scared they will not fit in, and people should not have fear of not fitting

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