The Effects of Popular culture Austin Henderson Spring 2012
Definition• According to Berkley “Popular culture has been defined as everything from common culture, “ to “folk culture,” to “mass culture.” While it has been all of these things at various points in history, in post war America, popular culture is undeniably associated with commercial culture and all its trappings: movies, television, radio, cyberspace, advertising, toys, nearly any commodity available for purchase, many forms of art, photography, and games
Thesis• With our lives influenced by the culture around us, it is impossible for it not to either be a positive or negative. Depending on what you listen to, watch, or whatever else you do it has a direct impact on your life. Studies have been taken to help us understand what is helpful and hurtful to us as a society. Everything has a direct link to some part of us. Even though it may be subconscious it does affect how we act, and perform.
Examples• Positive: Studies have shown that upbeat music reduces depression by 40%. When kids see celebrities they look up to do the right thing.• Negative: Violent games and movies can be a bad influence on younger children.
Conclusion• No matter what you do there are going to be both positive and negative influences. So use good judgment and decide whether or not it is a good influence.
Citations• motz, marilyn. "Popular culture." Dept. of pop culture, Web. 17 May. 2012. <http://www.bgsu.edu/departments/popc/>. "Popular culture." popular culture association, Online Posting culture association. Web. 17 May. 2012. <http://pcaaca.org/>. Pictures gathered from Google Images