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Short-Answer Responses
1.Based on your readings from Ch. 3 of the textbook and your personal experience, would you say that pop culture affects individuality? If so, how?
Pop culture absolutely affects individuality. It permeates our society to where it shapes the actions and behaviors of whole communities. We are products of our environment for pop culture subversively guides our decisions, our morals, and influences heavily what we like and dislike. In reading the steps to starting to realize individuality from the book, oftentimes people do not stop to discern what values pop culture instills in society to be of their own true beliefs, and they are just going with what is popularly accepted (Ruggiero, 2009). It is a sort of voluntary conformity because of the desire to fit in, and pop culture’s influences are so subtle that many believe they are being individualistic when in fact they are living their lives per the dictates of pop culture.

2.Think back to your childhood and the environment in which you were raised. How did those early childhood experiences influence the level of curiosity you have today? Considering that curiosity is an important element of creativity, identify techniques that can help you improve or regain your curiosity.

Being raised in a large family meant there was usually someone available to answer questions as a child. If the first person was unavailable, the next was more accommodating. This encouragement of curiosity and the realization that persistence would lead to an answer is helpful in later life as it becomes the norm to question everything rather than accept it at face value. Although curiosity tends to wane as children grow into adulthood, there are several ways that people can regain their curiosity.

Ruggiero (2009) stated “There are six specific techniques: a.Be observant
b.Look for the imperfections in things
c.Note your own and others dissatisfactions
d.Search for causes
e.Be sensitive to...
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