The Pros And Cons Of Popular Culture
As John Fiske mentioned in his essay “Popular Culture”, “The people, then, are better recognized by what they do than by who they are, and popular culture, by analogy, is better recognized by what it does than by what it it. Popular culture is more a cultural of the process than of products” (pg. 2). He tries to explain how things become popular. When we see someone doing something or having something considered to be cool, people would definitely want it. People of the same social classes usually share the same views and likes. When something becomes popular, everyone would like to have it as well as when people see something, they would do it just to fit in. That is one of the main problems with reality shows. As we can see in “Keeping up with the Kardashians” people who watch the show would do anything to have that kind of lifestyle. Just to fit in, they would dress like them, act like them and even buy all of those expensive and unnecessary things. Not everyone finds themselves in the most suitable economic position to have that kind of life …show more content…
Some people do not notice that but others do. The more people watch it, the more they get confused about what is real and what is not. It is very interesting how the illusion of reality in shows makes people more engaged in it. People never get to know how those characters are in their real life since they are not seeing the truth or what is behind them. They see what producer wants them to see. The main motive for watching reality television is social status. People do it to fit in and be like everyone else. When people watch reality TV they are more likely to end up having a negative perspective of a real and quality life than it actually is. People does not notice that they are allowing something else to determine what is reality for them. They believe everything they see and that shows us how easily people get convinced and controlled.
“Judgments of others are alienated expressions of our own unmet needs.” – Marshall Rosenberg. The greatest harm it does to society is that people tend to judge people for what they have instead of who they are. They create an environment of how people have to act and a perspective of how the character’s fake living and situations must be attach to their lives. Watching this shows make you feed that emotional need of being superior in society. Just because a lot of people do it, does not mean everyone has to do it. Happiness can not depend on