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What is popular culture? How did television affect the social mores of the 1950s?

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Popular culture, or "pop culture," refers to commonly acknowledged trends and social references inspired or influenced by the myriad forms of mass media, including film, television, radio, social networking, and books.  It is indivisible from mass media, as the wide-spread dissemination of images, phrases, and concepts become part of the daily jargon of the lives of many people, especially those of younger ages, such as teenagers.  Popular television shows, in particular, have been responsible for spreading imagery and ideas that found a niche with segments of the viewing public that grew into social phenomena. Phrases first uttered by popular characters on a television program are repeated among viewers until they become part of the lexicon.  During the 1970s, television shows like Good Times, Happy Days , and others spawned phrases that became a part of the popular culture of the time, such as the former program's character of J.J., who regularly employed the phrase "Dy-no-mite!" that...

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