Friday Fun: It's Everywhere!
Do you ever feel like discussions of pop culture are everywhere? Sometimes in the least expected places? When I realized that even my local newspaper has a pop culture blog, I started thinking about how pop culture isn't so frowned upon anymore. I think it's because people have realized that pop culture is culture, first and foremost. Thousands of years ago, we had shared stories that were told around fires and in town squares. Now, our stories are from TV, movies, and books, as well as the lives of the people who appear on our screens.
Rachel Maddow has a pop culture segment every night on her show called "Just Enough"--just enough pop culture to allow her out in public, in Rachel's own words. We have academic resources on pop culture, such as Greenwood's Pop Culture Universe (as consulted on by PGTL's own Sophie). And every day, it seems like there's a new blog that talks about all the different ways culture is intersecting and becoming more based on popular works.
I think this is all about how pop culture isn't sneered at in the way it used to be. Yeah, sure, if you're reading Perez Hilton or Gawker to stay on top of the exploits of starlets, there might be a little derision. But with how complex and engrossing television series have become, with how transporting movies are, with how fanatical fans are over their favorite books . . . is it any wonder that pop culture is now just culture? And I'm happy that this is happening.
What do you think? Am I all wrong about this?
Labels: pop culture