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A Book about Pop Culture

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Pop culture is the combination of interests and activities that a group of people share.

But however, there are things that we loved and things that we hated.

It is the cultural phenomenon that facilitates the definition of words on the internet. Pop Culture simply denotes a widely accepted group of practices or customs. Goths, preps, youths all are parts of its' embodiment, but so are you/we, internet users who slander others on websites.

History of Pop Culture

Drop the phrase "pop culture" into a conversation, and the people you're talking with will likely conjure images of Hula Hoops, Pet Rocks, Britney Spears or reality shows. Words like "vapid," "transient" and "shallow" may flash through their minds.

Despite its much-maligned image, popular culture, or "pop" culture as it is more commonly known, is a vital component in the story of humanity. For that reason, pop culture history warrants exploration. Besides, it's fun to talk about.

It doesn't cure diseases, topple nations or make technological advances—unless one considers things like Les Paul's development of multi-track music recording a technological advancement, which I, for one, do—but pop culture reveals many facets of human behavior throughout history. It is hard to define the human experience without it.

The Western world's first pop culture "superstar" was probably William Shakespeare. His theater plays are timeless classics, but he wrote them for a mass audience, thus fulfilling pop culture's requirement of art that is meant to be enjoyed by the masses. Shakespeare's art bridged the gap between popular and fine art in 16th century England—and ever since, as it is among the finest literature ever produced in English. Several of his plays were set elsewhere in Europe, which exposed the common Englishman to wedding and courtship traditions of different classes and cultures, potentially influencing those of England.

Pop in Music

Pop music (a term that originally derives from an abbreviation of "popular") is a genre of popular music which originated in its modern form in the 1950s, deriving from rock and roll. The terms popular music and pop music are often used interchangeably, even though the former is a description of music which is popular (and can include any style). </p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-top:4.8pt;margin-right:0in;margin-bottom:6.0pt; margin-left:0in;line-height:14.4pt">As a genre, pop music is very eclectic, often borrowing elements from other styles </p>


<p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-top:4.8pt;margin-right:0in;margin-bottom:6.0pt; margin-left:0in;line-height:14.4pt">including urbandancerockLatin and country; nonetheless, there are core elements which define pop. Such include generally short-to-medium length songs, written in a basic format (often the verse-chorus structure), as well as the common employment of repeated choruses, melodic tunes, and catchy hooks. </p>

<p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-top:4.8pt;margin-right:0in;margin-bottom:6.0pt; margin-left:0in;line-height:14.4pt">So-called "pure pop" music, such as power pop, features all these elements, using electric guitarsdrums and bass for instrumentation; in the case of such music, the main goal is usually that of being pleasurable to listen to, rather than having much artistic depth.  Pop music is generally thought of as a genre which is commercially recorded and desires to have a mass audience appeal.  </p>

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