Popular Culture Response
The term popular-culture was first introduced around the 19th century. Originally, the term was intended to express the difference between educational and cultural influences of the lower-class of society, as opposed to the higher-class culture (Wikipedia 2014). Today, popular culture is commonly referred to as pop-culture and can be defined in many ways. I prefer the Urban Dictionary’s definition of a simple denotation of widely accepted group of practices or customs. Pop-culture changes as new influencers emerge and begin to have an effect on how life is experienced by people in our modern society. I will examine four pop-culture phenomena and discuss their impact on our lives.
The first influential pop-culture changing items is Facebook. Facebook come into existence 10 years ago. This web-based social network has changed the way in which the world connects. With over 400 million people visiting the site each month, it has expanded our network communication capabilities (TCB 2012). Historically, our means of communication has been written letters and telephone conversations placed to family and friends to share life events and exchange information. Facebook has created a portal for instantaneous relations and transfer of information, pictures, events, ideas, and feelings. It is a platform facilitating diverse interactions of like-minded friends and strangers who have a passion from politics to parenting. In many ways, Facebook has united the world.
Next is the iPhone sensation. The iPhone is a smart phone device that has everything packaged into a 4 x 3 inch gadget that fits in your pocket. Unlike the Facebook phenomena, I feel that this device has decreased our social interactions. I notice a large portion of society being self-soothed by the widgets and game applications on their phones. Face-to face conversations seem like a thing of the past since this device became popular because daily interactions are done through the smart phone. Last week a woman in her 70’s stopped me to ask for driving directions to her hair salon. The first thought that came to mind was, “Oh, she must not have an iPhone to look it up.” I actually enjoyed the impromptu conversation that ensued with her. Friendly interaction of this type between strangers is a sad thing to lose.
Another impressionable website in our pop-culture is Match.com. Match.com is an on-line dating site that matches two complete strangers whom share similar interests, values, and lifestyles. It...