Pop Culture Essay

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Pop Culture




The Essence of Pop Culture
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“Talk about Pop Music, Talk about Pop Music…” was one of the most catchy phrases of the
1980’s. Just as in the 80’s, today we see many characteristics of “pop culture” effecting
our lives. But, what is “pop culture?”


I spent some time online trying to answer my question and time after time I was led to the
same direction: pop culture is what we see, hear, speak, and are otherwise exposed to on a
daily basis. The infomercials we see late on television, the billboards we see on the side
of the road, the junk mail we receive, the links on the web pages we visit, and the radio
commercials we hear all tie together to form this idea of pop culture. These, plus many
other aspects, form our minds and teach us how to be culturally smart. To be culturally
smart is to understand and know pop culture. For example, if someone were to say “BUD!” it
is automatically assumed that they would get a “WIES” in reply. If a person were to say
“Just Do It!” Nike would be directly thought of.


What elements define “Pop Culture?” Television stars, such as Drew Carey; musicians, such
as Santana; public figures, such as Monica Lewinski; politicians, such as Bill Clinton;
athletes, such as Michael Jordan; large corporations with their slogans; and movies are
all, but not limited to, pop culture. In a Journal I found online of a study of pop
culture, it compared the link of religion and a pop culture icon, Star Wars. The study was
conducted with people and it read:


“The comparisons and shared philosophies behind earthly religion and Luke Skywalker’s
adventures, compound into many different avenues. It is easy to see that the
intertextuality working between holy scriptures and the astral script of Star Wars
produces an icon that just as readily accepts believers and disciples into its
signification, as it does those moviegoers who seek a more temporal escape from reality.
Why do many suspend belief while watching Star Wars and not while reading the bible? If
Luke doesn’t seem to sway you in the direction of the force, play with the transcendence
of Skywalker like the Vatican plays with the text of the bible, and soon you’ll have a new
icon of salvation.”


This section from the journal explains that people are not looking at the full picture of
the Bible (Christianity in this case) and believing it, yet they believe in something
called “the force.” This is a good example of how pop culture can be intertwined into our
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