Pop Culture Essay

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Respected judges, dear parents and friends, the speech topic given to me is: “Popular Culture: Shaping and reflecting who we are. Explain what the topic means to you and our society.” Popular culture is the contemporary lifestyle and items that are well known and generally accepted within a population. The cultural patterns that are widespread within our population are all part of our popular culture. I believe that pop culture does have an influence in shaping and reflecting us and our society. Popular culture has existed since the beginning of time. During every time period it has affected the people who live in it, affecting their thoughts, growth, development and actions. Popular culture exists in every culture, changing them continuously. It is the mainstream culture that can greatly influence everyone in negative or positive direction. In society today, the media is the main source that distributes the popular culture. Media defines pop culture. Television, music, billboards, internet, magazines, are all ways to display what the trends are, what people should be wearing, what they should be listening to, how they should act and what they should look like. Pop culture portrays an unrealistic, fantasy life. Negative influences include violence, inappropriate lyrics, and celebrities that set a bad example in society. The popular culture has a strong influence in shaping the youth and teens. Kids in most cultures around the world, play video games, watch movies and dramas, or listen to music that shapes their interests. This affects their choices and, in turn, affects their futures. Teens and youth are exposed to many advertisements that show the cultural standard. Pop culture lowers the value of education and importance of family. Girls as young as twelve start to dress up and imitate famous celebrities, wanting to be like them. Once, on the Opera Winfrey
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