Popular Culture Paper

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Culture can be viewed as the customs, arts and social interactions of a particular nation, people, or other social group (Yourdictionary.com, 2013) Popular culture is defined as “Cultural activities or commercial products reflecting, suited to, or aimed at the tastes of the general masses of people.” (Dictionary.com, 2013) Three major trends in popular American culture would be: Social networking, reality television, and technology. Social networking has changed how we do communicate, think and live our everyday life. Websites such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram are very popular among people today. Facebook helps us to keep in contact with friends, family, and letting people know our thoughts. Twitter is a status updating site, and Instagram is the same but it only based on posting pictures. Television is already popular, but the rise of reality television and become a huge trend. Reality shows vary from sports, music, food and much more. Shows such as American Idol and Master Chef are popular shows that viewers tune into. Technology is has become very popular over the years. Computers, laptops and smartphones have changed the way we do things today. It has made life easier for us in terms of communicating and staying connected with the rest of the world. Smartphones and tablets such as iPhone and iPad are two pieces of technology that are most popular to our society. An example of how popular American culture affect personal decision making would be if a person see’s someone sees commercial on television for a new burger from Carl’s Jr. it will make them want to go there and try the burger because it looked good the commercial. Commercials also air on the internet so it would work the same way as television. The two most powerful sources of popular culture are television and the internet. A person’s activity is what generates popular culture. Examples of popular culture are television shows we watch, what music we listen to, what books we read, what clothes...
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