Pop Culture Vs Popular Culture

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This generation faces a world uncertain and terrifying. It never knew a world without the internet. At all times a screen dominated entertainment. This generation will be the one to solve the problems of its ancestors, if only out of necessity. The key to the thoughts of this generation hide inside the simplest things, entertainment. Popular culture refers to mediums of entertainment that are widely accepted and accessed while society’s values refers to the collective ideas and thought processes in one society at one time. Popular culture projects a perfect reflection of society 's values, forging this reflection through a two-fold method. It alters the social values of the society it interacts with and society 's values shape the popular …show more content…
Sheer exposure to popular culture grants popular culture the power it holds over a society 's values. Trubey agnologized that the average 65 year old viewed over one million commercials, and even under the most perfect conditions one can not expect to remain unaffected by the sheer power of repeated exposure (778). The same thought process applies to popular culture because it experiences an even greater amount of consistent exposure. In fact, the definition of pop culture requires it be widely accepted and accessed. Mark Twain concurred with this thought process as he suggested public opinion changes with a drive for acceptance, allowing the before unaccepted to become accepted (718). It is through this process that popular culture twists and bends to conform the societal values into its image. Furthermore, through our own human nature and desire for approval, human nature demands such processes to continue to happen (Twain 720). As culture spreads, long before it reaches the classification of popular culture, it molds acceptance in the values of society through the need of humans to feel accepted and respected. The most notable example of this process presents itself in the public opinions of race in society. Deloria attested to the immense power that movies had held on the public opinion of certain races, especially native americans (727). She insisted the solution of …show more content…
Multiple case studies of such cultural shifts occurring exists, most notably the adaptations of Godzilla and the expected entertainment sources of all ages. Staples enlightened the transformation of Godzilla from Japan to America when he explained “Dialogue that dealt with human suffering, the morality of all out war - and the temptation to play God with weapons of mass destruction - was left on the American cutting room floor” (724). To adapt to different societies, whose different experiences cause them to view these issues on very different terms, the original items needed to be edited and changed to fall within existing social acceptance. McCloud approached the issue on a much larger scale, the common social expectation that as age increases picture contents in books must decrease (740). The societal values constrict the accepted popular culture for different ages, forcing popular culture as expressed through picture books to address children and novels to address adults. Whether values advise culture to change message for societies or medium for adult, deviation from the accepted rules is often niche and unexpected, failing to become popular culture. With changing social values has come changing popular culture. Highschool movies have evolved from revolting against adult authority to struggling in the self imposed teenage social system as adult

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