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.
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.