Popular American Culture
University of Phoenix
December 17, 2012
Culture, since the 19th century, refers to the refinement of individuality especially
through education, and then to the fulfillment of aspirations or ideals (Tucker, 2009).
From German non-positivist, sociologist George Simmel view, culture is referred
to "the cultivation of individuals through the agency of external forms which have been
objectified in the course of history" (Levine, 1971). To summarize, culture is what people
create through what they do as a whole when in large numbers. How they act, how they
speak, what they eat, and so on, is what is later known as their culture. One cannot have
culture without numbers.
Popular culture, on the other hand, is the collection of ideas, perspectives,
attitudes, images, and other trends that are favored by an unofficial consensus within the
mainstream of a given culture. Popular culture is profoundly influenced by ...view middle of the document...
DVR has become hugely
popular with that fact that now people do not have to be near a television to catch their
favorite programs anymore, now an individual can record their shows and watch them
whenever they want later. Also, even if you forgot to record your program, you can still
go to your cable companies personal arsenal of provided programs and watch it from
their selection. The Social Networking business has boomed greatly and people can keep
in touch with others’ lives and interests with a click of a button. The fact that it is also
global only adds fuel to the fire. Now people can connect with others all around the world
and “express themselves”. Lastly, Android and Apple products are the turn of the
century. These luxury products come in all shapes and sizes with multiple functions.
Today, now a person’s cell phone can also be their social network, music player, TV,
DVD player, computer, and game console. Anyone’s phone in this day and age can do
everything you can think of besides pay your taxes.
Popular culture affects personal decisions in our generations and more generations
to come, through technology. Anyone can go without the latest fashion or the newest
music and television programs but it mandatory to keep up with technology. New
technology has replaced many functions in our daily lives and knowing how to use it is a
must if you want to be able to adapt to modern society. Brand new computers have been
installed in schools and businesses around the world, making it nearly impossible to
move around it. Technology is used to get from one place to another (automobiles, GPS
devices), pay one’s bills and taxes, transfer one’s money to their account, go to school,
and do sufficient work at one’s job. As technology grows, the society that uses it most
grow with it.
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