Pop-culture today encompasses nearly everything that is going on right now in our culture. Tack on to this the idea that "nothing is new under the sun" and well, you can see how huge this question really is.
Because pop-culture is basically the things within a culture that are deemed "popular," meaning, most-liked by the most people, it is often considered a "dumbing down" of things that could be truly great. This may be because pop-culture is largely media driven.
- Pop-culture in music as driven by American Idol or America's Got Talent. Many would say, as a result of pop-culture, the music world is settling as anyone and everyone has the chance to be talented.
- Pop-culture in TV as driven by Reality TV. Many would again argue that as a result of pop-culture, celebrity life is no longer limited to the most beautiful. No, even fat, stupid or easy people can be stars, thanks to shows like "The Biggest Loser," "Jersey Shore," and "The Bachelor."
- Pop-culture in fashion as driven by Bravo. (Project Runway, What Not to Wear, etc.) The message sent here might suggest that well dressed men interested in fashion are most likely gay.
- Pop-culture in food as driven by The Food Network. And now, if you can cook, you also deserve your own talk show, right Rachel?
Do you get the idea that there are almost endless possibilities here? We've only covered, what, 5 channels?