Popular American Culture Paper

Popular American Culture Paper
University of Phoenix
SOC 105
April 26, 2011
Byron Williams

Popular American Culture Paper
Today’s society is one of a kind, in which it forms parts from the past and present cultures. Culture is the outcome of a great achievement of power among diverse community groups, which is based on economic divisions, gender, age, and race. Culture is also the grouping of traditions, attitudes, and standards that divides one group of people from another. Culture can correspond through art, schools, ritual, material objects, verbal communication, from one generation to the next. This paper will be discussing patterns in popular American culture, label values which are being communicated and determine the degree to which the values of popular American society have directly impacted my own decision making.
Popular American culture is continuously shifting. Popular culture is an example of humanity and the symbolic structures that gives such activities weight and meaning. According to Collection Overview (n.d) “Popular American Culture is defined as popular written literature and broadcasting, popular music, popular dance and theater, certain decorative arts, sports and recreation, and other cultural aspects of social life distinguished by their broad-based presence across ethnic, social, and regional groupings”. The meaning of popular American culture can be different to everyone. There is no universal definition for popular American culture.   Popular American culture is spread through word of mouth, media, Internet, twitter, E-mail and facebook.
    In popular American culture examples are standard on a daily basis. For instance, a culture focuses on specific relics in music, fast food, and television. Possessions can go in and out of style in our culture like a trend.   In contrast, fast food, television, and music can pursue the same without changing. We listen to music that may have been recorded 30 years ago.   We also look at...