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Culture Made Me Do It!

Since the beginning of popular culture, people are following the trends. Popular culture comes to us in many ways. Some of the branches are music, and the film industry. Since the beginning of popular culture, the music and the film industries are changing in incredible speed. Throughout the decades, pop culture has become an important part of our lives. The more we try to hide from it, the more close it comes. 

In our society today we especially see its effects on the people around us. It never has been more prominent to me the true mass effect we are dealing with until I read the articles Male-Bashing on TV by Michael Abernethy and Columbine: Whose Fault Is It? by Marilyn Manson. After further exploring these articles I found that one theme was constant; how an individual would act depending on the pop culture that influenced them. In Male Bashing on TV, Michael Abernathy states that media such as television shows and ads portray men as “selfish and lazy, inconsiderate husbands, and poor parents” By saying this he implies that by describing and showing men like this on a public scale could lead to the default image of a father being what is depicted in “slacking” dad shows such as Still Standing and Everybody Body Hates Ramon.

In contrast to the more humors side to Aberethy’s argument we see the more darker and sinister side in Manson’s Who’s Fault is It?. In this article he addresses the blame he received from various media reports that his music is the cause of school shootings in Columbine, Colorado. This belief that our culture causes the violence in our country is a very loaded argument, but Manson quickly begins his article by stating in his opening sentence in “Columbine: Whose Fault Is It?”  (419) “It is sad to think that the first few people on earth needed no books, movies, games or music to inspire cold-blooded murder.” It is clear that by stating this Manson shows that old figures in history needed only primal...
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