Soc. 105 June 7, 2012
American Pop Culture
Culture is something that is learned from birth, it affects the way a person looks at themselves, and their surroundings. Someone’s culture influences their preference in music, food, clothing, hair styles, parenting skills, social skills, and the way someone reacts to their environment.
Pop culture is everywhere we look from television, radio, magazines, billboards, newspapers, family, friends, co-workers, professors, and classmates all of these things influences our lives in one way or another. It influences the way we behave in public, what we say, and the way we react to our giving surroundings in a specific time period, which is forever changing depending on what society finds acceptable at that point in time.
Three trends in today’s American culture, starting with the biggest is reality TV, such as “Keeping up with the Kardashians”, “Jersey Shore”, “The Bachelor”, and “Teen Mom”. These reality shows have became a huge hit here in America, being able to watch these peoples personal issues play out right before your eyes is fascinating to some and boring to other. The second major trend would be the body modification, such as tattoos and or piercings. I believe that people are enjoying decorating their bodies not only to make themselves even more unique, but to express their own personality. Thirdly there is the large variety of music in today’s society, such as country, soft and hard- rock, pop, rap, hip-hop, classical, and reggae. As with any culture it depends on your environment as to what kinds of music you listen to.
Popular American Culture affects everyone’s personal decision making in one way or another. From the time we get out of bed our culture tells us what type of toothpaste we should use, to the clothes we put on, and the food we eat to get the energy for our day ahead of us. Pop culture also affects the way we view the world around us, everything from the car we drive, the home we live in, the job we have, and the friends we associate with. Pop culture also affects way we view ourselves, as in if we’re pretty or ugly, skinny or fat, tall or short, rich or poor is all determined by our pop culture. A great example that comes to mind is Elvis Presley and his world know mansion “Graceland”, located in his home town of Memphis, Tennessee. Back in the late 60’s and early 70’s his house was considered to be huge at a total of just over 10,000 square feet (graceland.elvis.com), but now walking through his home it doesn’t even begin to compare to the mansions of today’s market with an average of at least 17,000 square feet.
In Conclusion, although our culture changes with each new generation, it is important to recognize that some of our culture will always continue to pass down and improve throughout history. While thankfully some