A Brief Look at Pop Culture

835 WordsJan 31, 20183 Pages
What is pop culture? Wikipedia defines it as,”the entirety of ideas, perspectives, attitudes, memes, images, and other phenomena that are within the mainstream of a given culture”, at a given time. Like all things, the pop culture of a civilization grows and changes with the passage of time and important events. However, past events often can influence pop culture of the future, as it determines what a society may deem an important upcoming event to adapt to. Thusly, it is possible to see links in a community from two different time periods that may seem opposites from first glance. This is how a meaningful time period, like the 1970s, influenced parts of society like music, cinema, and education, in society today. While the era of disco was not a lengthy one, it managed to define an entire decade, creating an image that is ever-present in the mind of today’s youth when imagining the 1970s. Disco started as a small congregation of the minorities of society: African Americans, gays, psychedelics, and others in clubs in areas like New York City and Philadelphia. It was originally the music of counterculture, or an undercurrent of differing ideals than those of mainstream society. However, this music style was adopted by other groups, and by the late 1970s, was the foundation of most popular music of the time. It didn't remain that way for long, though; on July 12, 1979, a massive anti-disco rally gathered in the baseball stadium of the Chicago White Sox, chanting “disco

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