Pop Culture – How do you rank?

Pop Culture – how much of your life sees it?

This concept has fascinated me as of late – “Pop Culture.”

“What is popular today,” music, movies, politicians, “news,” games, apps, brands, technology, etc.

And what pop culture is today – is crazy different and more “diffused” than decades past.

pop culture

The general definition of Pop Culture: “The entirety of ideas, perspectives, attitudes, images, and other phenomena that are within the mainstream of a given culture, especially Western culture of the early to mid 20th century and the emerging global mainstream of the late 20th and early 21st century. Heavily influenced by mass media, this collection of ideas permeates the everyday lives of the society. Popular culture has a way of influencing an individual’s attitudes towards certain topics.”

Before the internet – pop culture was very limited. To what the radios played. Or what the TV’s and movie screens showed. And what the magazines and newspapers printed. The flock followed along.

Obscure (but still great) things remained that way unless they got a “break” into the secret club. Which means they didn’t get promoted unless someone else could profit from the popularity.

Today – there are MANY more things that are “popular,” but to a much lesser degree. People have a much more diverse collection of interests. They still, however, are curated by others who control the information flow (and profit from).

Same goes for news. Aggregators like YouTube, Twatter, and Fakebook often stifle great things because they go against the grain of the mainstream elite. Which sucks. But emerging technologies like Gab.ai and Minds.com claim they’ll put an end to that and allow free expression.

I guess while today you have the illusion of more choices of what to be “into,” it’s still a form of shaping the public mindset. Which is why we take the back-roads and love discovering things the old-fashioned “organic” way.

Pop Culture – Thomas Dolby

Here’s a song called Pop Culture from Thomas Dolby that I enjoyed growing up. Most millennials were not even alive, and have never heard of it. Aliens ate my Buick is still one of my favorite all time albums.

I drove all over Hollywood
Looking at the stars
First I ate my Milky Way
And then I ate my Mars
But sucking on a Galaxy
I noticed something pretty bizarre
There’s not a lot of people there,
Just an awful lot of cars, check it out

Stale pulp culture take it away
True pulp culture help to redefine it
Old pulp culture day upon day
Young pulp culture serve to undermine it
Sham pulp culture buried in time
True pulp culture there to be plundered
Same pulp culture year upon year
Hey! pulp culture live to be a hundred…

Shake off that thing, you gotten used to it

Here is one you won’t wanna parlay
In a small round cruel scum brown brat shack dumb world
So squeeze a little tear from your body…
Another dozen unchained!

Stale pulp culture take it away
New pulp culture help to undermine it
Old pulp culture day upon day

Young pulp culture serve to redefine it
Sham pulp culture buried in time
True pulp culture there to be plundered
Same pulp culture year upon year

Hey! pulp culture live to be a hundred…

If a child ever rose on the wings of a dove
Or the claws of a vulture
Then a man ain’t a man when he don’t understand
Oh yeah yeah yeah yeah
Pulp culture, pulp culture, pulp culture, pulp culture

Do you really love me girl?
I think I know but I wanna be sure

You tell it to me all night long
Still I wanna hear it some more
You tell me in the bathroom babe
And you tell me back in the hall
You tell me on the kitchen table
And up agains the wall, what it is
So check beneath your fingernails

In between your toes

Right between your earlobes darling
That’s where culture grows

It’s breeding in your short and curlies
Ready to expand

With a gunFrom the heart of Poison City out over televisionland

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