Justin Mitchell Dr. Gingo English 1301 P12 07 May 2014 Marijuana in American Pop-Culture Recreational marijuana use in America is nothing new, but recent legalization movements for marijuana display a growing trend that has become a highly dominant part of American pop culture. From the beginning of the 1978 movie series Cheech & Chong, to newer hits like Pineapple Express and Harold and Kumar, marijuana is glamorized. Recreational marijuana use has been in popular culture for decades, but now it has gained such traction that some states have even begun to legalize it. Pop culture in American society presents a positive image of marijuana because pop culture itself is a reflection of the popular American view. Americans are becoming more accustomed to marijuana usage due to the increasing frequency of displays in pop culture, a growing availability, and it being a serious political issue.
Many people have admitted to have used the drug at any given time while some have been addicted to it already as it is readily available throughout Nevada. One thing about marijuana’s popularity is the drug’s ability to be used and experimented in many different ways. Once users get hooked to it, the addiction is very difficult to control. Unless there is an effective drug and alcohol rehab center, treating marijuana users will not produce great
Ecstasy (MDMA) MDMA (3,4-methylenedioxy-methamphetamine), is more commonly known as ecstasy. In American, ecstasy’s popularity was in the late 1980s by people in the underground club scene or ravers. The drug is most popular with teens, young adults, and the gay community. Ecstasy is considered a designer drug. Designer drugs are synthetic (lab-made) versions of drugs that are controlled substances under U.S. law.
Parents, peers, and the entire media can be blamed too b. How we can help make it positive “Starships were meant to fly!” sung by Nicki Minaj, one of the most known music artists in the hip hop industry. What is a starship anyways? These days you can’t tell what artists are thinking when they wear the clothes they wear and say the things they say, but adolescents seem to love it, or even find it amusing. The hip hop culture started back more than a few decades ago, in the late 1960’s.
His eroticized image was viewed very differently but all of America’s society. Teenagers admired his sexual magnetism; parents disagreed with the values he was presenting to society. Nothing less, he recorded dozens of hit singles. One being “Heartbreak Hotel.” This recording became his first million-seller, and was the best-selling single of 1956. “Heartbreak Hotel” had a great affect on the 1950s.
The Pill In order to understand the Sexual Revolution, one must be aware of the world in which it took place. The Great War had just ended and the United States was in a period of great economic boom. The baby boom generation was just being born and many married couples were looking to enjoy this time of new freedom and change. Not long after, the birth control pill came along. The pill would be a leading cause in the Sexual Revolution.
“The festival actually took place…about fifty miles away from Woodstock. [The city of] Woodstock was the original location since that was where Bob Dylan was currently residing.”(Remember a day: Woodstock) so to answer your first question, it was named after the city it was originally supposed to happen in. “[police estimated that there was] a million people [on the road trying to get in], 186,000 tickets had been sold; the promoters figured that maybe 200,000 tops would show.”(Remember a day: Woodstock) Nobody thought it was going to be as big as it turned out to be. The promoters who are trying to sell Woodstock to the people even underestimated their own work. “So many people arrived that crowd control was next to impossible.
In this chapter the author’s purpose is to express how the sexuality in music affected Americans. This section of the book covers the 1950’s. The author does a great job of expressing how rock-n-roll was perceived by teenagers, their parents, disc jockeys, along with TV host and producers. The author also describes how the perception of the music, and the music itself, changed throughout the decade. The beginning of the chapter starts by describing how parents could no longer control the sexual behavior of their teenagers.
In “The Merchants of Cool,” the author investigates the rising fascination with teen pop culture. Teenagers are constantly vying for attention, causing them to imitate popular celebrities. Major corporations try to capitalize off this, showing productions and advertisements to influence them further. The era of family friendly programming has no longer any place in primetime television; shows such as Dawson’s Creek and Cruel Intentions have completely infiltrated the TV schedule to reflect teens’ all-consuming fascination with sexuality. One of the major networks responsible for influencing pop culture is MTV, telling kids what’s cool.
Although the book first got negative reviews, it has became a staple in American literature and is now being given to as young as high school students to read. The book is also continuing to predict what the future for our world will turn out to be. Using drugs to deal with our everyday problems and new technology emerging everyday like the recently released apple iPhone 5. Not only does this book predict the future, but shows the consequences. We’ll go insane because we cannot control our own