Monday, February 23, 2015

From clothing to behavior, popular culture is predominant in every aspects of our lives and we cannot escape it's influence. It has become more and more recurrent to see little clones of superstars we see on our television show in every street corner. Girls want mohave curves like Nicky Minaj, Kim Kardashians or Beyonce and obviously want to dress like their role models too. Boys want to appear as masculine as the models they see on lifestyle magazine, spending hours at the gym to get ripped and lean muscles especially six packs (killer abs). There is such a pressure coming from the media and other channels alike to compel people to conform to societal standards of living. It will not be surprising to have a new hairstyle or fashion trends after the stars will parade on the red carpet of the Oscars.

In his excerpts Sulking with Lisa Loeb on the Ice Planet Hoth and This Emo (from Sex, Drugs, and Cocoa Puffs) Chuck Klosterman points out how popular the Star Wars saga became to a certain generation and how people are influenced by the dating life of fictional characters on TV from such an early age. Disney movies and other big blog busters that reflect upon lives of people that set the trends on how romance or fashion ought to be. Young men for instance will try to imitate "Tony Stark" who is a playboy billionaire in the "iron Man movie" as role model for dating or to any other notorious popular culture figure in order to live their lives because it seems to be cool to do so.


  1. I agree with your blog post talking about both of those articles. I like how you talk about how popular culture influences women and men wanting to become very muscular and wanting many curves, I can agree with that. I honestly believe poplar culture has a high influence on our everyday lives. Good Job!

  2. @Teagan Toft : indeed popular culture has in many ways shaped our daily lives. Surprisingly enough it doesn't always get the credit it deserves even though we are so immersed in it. Beyond the the physical appearances that we would like to get due to its influence there is also the mentality that we draw from it; our language, our behavior and our cultures are constantly being changed by it in way that we cannot always fully grasped. it is in a way a subculture of our society that has become part of ourselves without us even noticing it. it is a powerful tool that can be an instrument of modern education for a generation that can only be reached through it.