American Pop Culture

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Second to patriarchy, American Popular Culture proves to be a dangerous threat to finding and discovering true romantic love. Popular culture poses a threat to this joyful emotion because we let it dominate a tantamount part of our life; it is the sum of attitudes, customs, values, and beliefs that distinguish one group of people from another. Popular culture is defined as the “cultural activities or commercial products reflecting, suited to, or aimed at the tastes of the general masses of people” 1. In other words popular culture tends to reflect what are the modern and most popular trends at the moment, because it is what most people all agree on to be popular. In the book All About Love (2001), bell hooks argues that American popular culture is individualistic, narcissistic, materialistic, patriarchal, promotes dishonesty and manipulation, violent, workaholic, and cynical. People follow popular culture in order fit in because they care about what others think, and how others perceive them. Hooks states that in American culture being narcissistic in that “the worship of individualism has in part led us to the unhealthy culture of narcissism that is so pervasive in our society”(hooks, pg.214). In being narcissists, people act in a manner in which they focus on themselves and lack empathy for others, therefore lack the ability to see from the other person’s perspective. This leads people to believe that they are the happiest on their own and “if [people] truly don’t care
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