American Popular Culture

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American Popular Culture Human life was, is and will always be dependent on culture. For years cultures of the most powerful economically and militarily countries affected other countries. America is quite possibly the most powerful country in the world, and I find it extremely difficult to imagine the world lacking American popular culture. I have always associated popular culture with the United States of America. McDonald’s, KFC, Coca Cola, Adidas, Nike go along with Jerry Springer, Monica Lewinsky, Michael Jordan, Steven Spielberg, Madonna, not to mention movie characters, in a long list of the popular culture icons. No matter where you are American popular culture reaches the most distant areas of the word. Often times we hear the phrase about life imitating art and vice versa. When it comes to popular culture this is especially true. Most often society and popular culture reflect each other. America is a land of freedom, democracy and the distinguished American Dream, but at the same time it facing today: crime, violence, drugs, disease, war, poverty, welfare, and corrupt government. Back in late sixties, movie “Easy Rider” by Dennis Hopper reflexes all these characteristics of the American culture that I just mentioned above. Easy Rider characterizes the spirit of the sixties by involving freedom, dreams, and struggle. The story is about two guys from Los Angeles, Wyatt and Billy, who made a large drug deal in order to get enough cash to be free of the restrictions of society and travel around America on their motorcycles. This film broke down the stereotype of happy decade by focusing on the violence and anger that also occurred in that time. I think the movie was pivotal because it didn’t sugar coat the true events that took place in the sixties. People were angry and they acted on it, people struggled for food and struggled for purpose

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