Tracing the origins of pop culture

George C By George C, 22nd May 2015 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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Regardless of its much-maligned reputation, pop culture has made an indelible mark in the history of humankind.

Tracing the origins of pop culture

Regardless of its much-maligned reputation, pop culture has made an indelible mark in the history of humankind. It is a by-product of major social and cultural shifts, which occurred at the end of World War II. It overlapped with other cultural aspects, such as consumer, image, media and mass cultures. One description of this phenomenon lends itself readily as the domineering benchmark to this evolution. It defines manners, popular tastes, entertainments and customs related to varying social orders. Pop culture identifies with the masses rather than a few elite originators and the United States played a pioneering role in the transformation process.

Many commentators have linked the culture’s intertextuality to its encroachment into diverse realms of collective experience. References are often made to narratives and images that do not belong to the real world. The self-referential nature of pop culture is all-embracing. However, some commentators dismiss this fact as being merely a symptom of mass consumerism, superficiality and dehumanization. The phenomenon still exhibits elements of traditional folklore, which laid the foundation in its formative years. This influence was largely transmitted via word of mouth as opposed to mass media. In spite of this, the folkloric element meshes with the vibrant commercial element.

The likes of William Shakespeare are regarded as superstars in the rise of pop culture, thanks to his timeless classics. Shakespeare captivated global audiences with his work that identified with both popular and fine art. The lines between popular and fine art later became increasingly blurred as different cultures came together. Based on the principle of reductionism, the phenomenon has proven repeatedly that it’s more than just a shadow play of reality. It is no surprise that it attracted philosophical and political debate. Some sections view the rise of universal suffrage as some form of compartmentalization of social activities.

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author avatar SaigonDeManila
23rd May 2015 (#)

It's quite a phenomenom that pop culture can turn into classic and timeless indicative of cultures...nice article here Neolexus!

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