The True Meaning of Pop Culture
The term "pop culture" seems to have a lot of negative connotations that baby boomers associate it with, but they are indistinctly embraced by the newer generation (GenXYZ). This phrase is often use these days but as to its meaning, we remain totally clueless.
Some say that pop culture is a culture introduced by a new group who wish to get rid of the established social order.
It may be correct in itself but most in authority do not view it in that manner.
There are a lot of people of are scared of pop culture because it is something that will destroy our society especially our children and that parents are responsible to warn them about its influence on them.
Then here comes the next generation that is being referred to as the "Lost" generation, then the "Gen Yers" generation who are caught with new media, and then the "Gen Z" generation where kids will grow up with a highly sophisticated media and computer environment.
There is an obvious pattern wherein the leading generation does not quite understand where the next generation is going and thus tend to correct what they are doing, and saying that it is not right. So the pattern continues, the generation after this will also try to rectify what the generation next to them are doing because they say it is not right. This goes on and on and on.
Have we understood pop culture yet?
So pop culture can be described by the following discussion. It is true that this is the culture of a new group that is rocking our well established social order, but not according to how we look at it.
It simply means "a popular culture".
It is a reality that society is slowly evolving and in this each member of society will have to learn how to live with the changes it brings about. We also know that in every social order, there will always be the dark side and the bright side of it, but people have different reactions which is also either good or bad.
When we speak of "pop culture" or popular culture, what we are seeing is actually a kind of social reaction that most people take. That name came from that reality.
This young age group of today have even their own representative icons which are very popular to them And the Transformers, Batman, Star Wars, and other are also very popular to a certain age group. What are these things representing? Is this not because this generation has lost their trust in government and have optimistic views, where they need figureheads to rescue society? And as society continues to evolve, other things are added to it like the need to find a place away from this world, which is why star wars is so popular?