Pop Culture Essay

659 WordsOct 30, 20123 Pages
Regardless of the decade, pop culture is the thing that defines it. For example, the sixties had hippies, crazy daisies, Woodstock and The Beatles; the seventies saw polyester, leisure suits, Donna Summers, and disco. Today everybody who's anybody understands the importance of: the Internet, Pinterest, Twitter, and Facebook; Abercombie, Apostrophe, Victoria's Secret, and North Face; not to mention that fame and fortune is one viral video away on Youtube. It goes without saying that in the world of pop culture today—technology reigns supreme. Common sense seems to dictate that pop culture has a lot to teach us. That being said, you would think more teachers would include pop culture in their curriculum. Although none of them have ever said so directly, my teachers have often given me the impression that they think pop culture has no redeeming value whatsoever even though it has taught me many different things, the least of which being how to use technological devices such as my iPhone, iPad, and computer. Not only that, but Facebook has helped me become a better writer and Twitter has helped me be more concise in my communication because there is a maximum limit of 140 characters allowed per tweet. For these reasons, pop culture should become an acceptable alternative in developmental composition at EKU in place of the traditional texts currently being used to teach the importance of audience, how to both analyze and summarize a text as well as issues relating to grammar. Pop culture is a phenomenon within our society today. It is both a reflection of our culture as well as a driving force behind what shapes our culture. It is seen in our clothing we wear, the music we listen to, the movies we pay to see, even the cars that we drive. Pop culture is all about “cool” and “new”. I’ve never felt more engaged in any English class I have ever been in till my first

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