Wednesday, March 21, 2007

Popular Culture?

Define "popular culture"?

In this day and age, that seems a lot harder to do.

Considering that for most of the 20th century, there was a dominance of popular culture by certain mediums:

In the early 20th century, radio, newspapers, and movies tended to dominate. In the mid to late 20th century, television dominated it.

Sometime in the 1990's, the popular culture started to fragment, starting with the rise of the Internet and satellite tv (100's of channels, all at the click of a button).

Nowadays, what people think can be influenced in hundreds of different ways. Unlike 50 years ago, it is no longer controlled by three television networks and the local newspaper.

I'm not saying there isn't a popular culture. What I am saying is that it is significantly harder to use case studies to draw conclusions over the entire culture. We have more "pocket" cultures today than we have had in the past.

2 comments:

William R. Barker said...

You're right, Ed. (*WINK*)

I was following your discussion with "you know who" on "the other blog" with great amusement.

He (whose name must not be spoken) (*GRIN*) is prone to latch on to a concept that has some validity and if it matches his worldview he'll simple claim that example as "proof" that his entire thesis is correct. As you well know... it rarely is.

BILL

EdMcGon said...

His basic problem is similar to most liberals. Once they define something as a "universal truth", there is no arguing with them. The phrase "popular culture" is in their universal truth dictionary right alongside Global Warming. :P