The phrase pop music was first mentioned in the middle 1920’s. Then it was originated from its modern form in the United States and United Kingdom during the mid 1950’s. Pop music is the most popular genre that produces the most hits. Pop and Rock music were synonymous terms until the late 1960’s. David Hatch and Stephen Millward describes pop music as “a body of music which distinguishable from popular, jazz and folks music. Some people say that pop music is professional music which draws upon both folk music and fine arts music. Pop music has been a beneficial industry in America since the nineteenth century, yet Early Pop/Rock is a style that came to fruition in the post-shake and move time, once the more moderate components of the record business had dealt with the new melodic scene. Early Pop/Rock developed in the late '50s, as the underlying rock and move furor started to fade away.
‘Popular culture’ is defined by the oxford dictionary as “culture based on the tastes of ordinary people rather than an educated elite.” This definition implies that those who are educated are inclined to ignore this gossip, or are ‘too good’ to never indulge in it, which is simply not true. Carey’s article states that “long-term studies…have confirmed that…people devote anywhere from a fifth to two-thirds of their daily conversation to gossip” (2005, n.p.). Many people deny these facts, but when you understand that gossip does not mean bad-mouthing people all the time, and is in fact used to help “clarify and enforce the rules that keep people working well together” as well as working to “[circulate] information about the behaviour
Since its publication in 1954, J.R.R. Tolkien’s trilogy The Lord of the Rings has embedded itself in popular culture. From influencing other fantasy works to being referred to in television, there is no doubt that The Lord of the Rings is here to stay. The Lord of the Rings is one of the best-known book series of all time, which is reflected by the impact it has had on pop culture. Among the areas of popular culture that had influence from The Lord of the Rings is music. Many different rock bands such as Rush and Led Zeppelin used themes and allusions from The Lord of the Rings in their songs. However, it was not only rock music that was influenced by Tolkien’s work. Folk music and even rap music today include associations to the trilogy. By discussing Led Zeppelin’s song “The Battle of Evermore”, Sally Oldfield’s series of songs entitled “Songs of the Quendi”, and Vision’s “5 AM in Toronto (Freestyle), this paper will show the ways in which The Lord of the Rings has influenced music across generations and genres, as well as its larger pop culture influence throughout the years using music as a jumping-off point.
Popular culture representations over the last few years have started to include different versions of the male. My own understandings of manhood influence my appreciation of representations within popular culture by allowing me to look beyond the surface and critically appreciate different and/or new variances of male. The standard male has gone beyond the Mark Walhberg, Justin Bieber, David Beckham underwear ads (Appendix 2). The hyper masculine with excessively large defined muscles is just one representation of male. New representations of nerd have started to permeate the airwaves. The Big Bang Theory features a stark contrast to the hyper masculine male; the young successful research scientist nerd/geek. It is very well received show,
Popular culture has manifested itself in a number of ways. Currently, the most commonly used method of spreading and exchanging opinions, ideas, art, and other concepts is through the internet. Never before has it been so easy to shed light on a person or an idea, giving it levels of popularity that were considered inconceivable in ages past. In many circumstances the way people are portrayed through pop-culture is most likely how they were perceived by the bulk of people. Pop/culture serves as a way to connect people; help them relate to one another over shared opinions and interests. It was and is the representative of the majority. But what of the times before the internet? How was pop-culture expressed in a time when people did not have the ability to express their thoughts and opinions with millions at a time almost instantaneously? Theatre is one of the most time-honored means of entertainment. Before television and computers and the internet, actors would don a costume and tell act for masses of people. It was a form of storytelling that was not limited to the literate or rich or the scholars, but could be enjoyed by anyone form any economic background. Through it we can see our history and opinions in the form of characters, plots, and settings. We can observe the changing of mainstream opinions through the common themes and recurring motifs in the most popular plays.
According to Rethinking Popular Culture and Media, popular culture is the Polaroid snapshot or Facebook photo page that documents our lives in the social world; it is the backdrop of day to day life. The role of web/technology provides all the shared popular culture experience. Children are the targeted audience. Children ages 2-11 see at least 25,000 advertisements on TV alone, a figure that does not include product placement. (Marshall, Sensoy, Para 3,2011) Whereas media of previous generations may have referred to newspaper, magazines and books, today’s media includes an explosion of online/global networking systems (Twitter, Facebook, Bebo, YouTube). With society having numerous ways to see and share popular culture, access through so many
When I started this class, my definition of pop culture consisted of all things media related such as television, social media, and the internet. Throughout the class, I learned that pop culture emcompasses much more topics, such as politics and language. It was interesting to view pop culture through a sociological lense. To think sociologically means to think about how society functions, with the application of important theoretical approaches, such as those of Marx and Foucault. I also realized that I was not as informed about pop culture as I thought.
Pop culture has positive effects on communities around the world for many years. This topic had been up for discussion throughout history, and how beneficial different pop cultures have on society. Pop culture influences children and young adults in our society to develop skills in their life. Gaming and fashion build skills and create community around our nation.
What makes us who we are? People have a way of becoming influenced by things that interest us the most. One increasingly popular concept that is prone to affecting us is the media. Due to the high rise of pop culture and its effect on society, more and more youth are becoming influenced by the culture of the media, and have begun to adopt the new ‘cool’ habits without understanding the consequences of following such ways. Firstly, when children understand the difference between stimulated violence on TV shows and real violence, they grow up recognizing that violence is not a solution to a problem and that it can cause much more damage that it does in films. Secondly, when parents ensure to discuss with their children the unpleasantness of vulgar
Through years of going to English classes in city colleges in the United States I become familiar more with characters and concepts that I haven’t heard them before. My English learning experience was engaged with American pop culture, simply because that is the most dominant topic that came from instructors. It is remarkable that pop culture icons are important in contemporary society and most of teachers trying to use them in curriculum for educational direction. It help to understand the culture in the country but at the same time it was confusing for an international student and a English learner since the language shortage mixed with concepts and general knowledge shortage and made it more confusing for me. This case is not only limited for me, due to limited intensity of English skills and lack of mutual cultural activities, international and ESL students’ engagement in class might often be not equal as native speakers.
The study of popular culture is useful in many ways. To be more specific, this course has reached its three intended main ideas: what it means to be American, how to be more consumption-conscious, and how to apply these studies in our own lives. Jim Cullen puts this in a less specific sense, arguing that the study of popular culture can “afford valuable clues – about collective fears, hopes, and debates” (Cullen, The Art of Democracy, 2). We use these clues to understand the world around us, as well as why we do what we do as Americans and as humans. I will be touching on themes that relate to this quotation by Cullen, escapism, exploitation, and globalization, as well as how these themes relate to the course goals.
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.
values, as well as, influences the actions of society. Social media, as well as the natural
What pops into your mind first when you think of popular culture in today’s day and age? The latest dirt on celebrities or the latest iPhone release? The latest controversial issue or the latest iTunes hit? Regardless, pop culture encompasses all four of these concepts and many more, which consume the world we live in each and every day. Think about education. At first thought, your mind may not make the connection between the newest Taylor Swift song and the highest ACT score, but the linkage between the two becomes undeniable when you dive deeper. Ponder this: each day millions of kids walk into school buildings across the United States, each of them glued to a little slice of pop culture, a.k.a. their phone. And each day these millions
Popular culture is a term that holds various meanings depending on where it 's being defined and the context of its use. It is usually recognized as the language or people’s culture that prevails in a society at a point in time. As social researcher Brummett explains in his book “Rhetorical Dimensions of Popular Culture”, pop culture reflects the characteristics of social life, where the publicly are most actively involved. Popular culture is known as the ‘culture of the people’. This culture is determined by the interactions between people within their daily activities, for instance, dressing styles, use of language, greeting rituals and the ways that people behave in public, etc. are all examples of popular culture. Popular culture is also diverted by the mass media (Abbott and Sapsford, 1987).