Influences of Pop Culture

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What is Popular Culture? Well, that depends on whom you ask. Personally, I see pop culture as how people are influenced by what they get from things such as television and magazines. It is a way of life. It is what connects us with people who share the same views as ourselves. It is how we decided what we wear, eat , what kind of music we listen to or even what we do for fun. It is the latest craze, what everyone is talking about, whether it be the latest cell phone to be released, the newest dance or what type of jeans you wear. Most people do not realize that the choices they make are usually influenced by pop culture.

While gathering my list of pop culture influences that I come across in my day to day life, I realized that a lot of my influences were focused on what activities I participate in. I also chose the which restaurants I ate at and when I did watch television, I watched what was on at peak evening hours. The shows that are on when I am not at work are the big ones that everyone is always talking about. Usually I try to keep myself busy enough that I do not get wrapped up in these shows, but since I had the extra time and as part of my assignment, I thought it would be interesting and helpful to see what all the fuss was about.

The restaurants I went to this weekend were either ones that I found online, on websites such as, in their dining section, or ones that someone had told me about. I did not chose these places because I had been going there before, I chose them because I was influenced by the media and my peers to go there.

I also noticed that the things I did over the weekend, going out to bars and clubs, Oktoberfest at Tempe Town Lake and the Scottsdale Fashion Week after parties were all influenced by the media. I heard about specials different bars were having over the radio. I had never been to these bars but with the announcer repeatedly saying each club was “the hottest” place to be and that it is always packed...
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