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popular culture

literally, the practices, likes and wants of the people. Popular culture operates in the context of high or élite culture with which it negotiates, struggles and reacts and which it simulates. In some readings, it is seen as the expression of the people. For example, Fiske (Understanding Popular Culture, 1989; Reading the Popular, 1989) stresses the capacity of popular culture to articulate the people's values. However, Fiske is reacting against a strong tradition which identifies popular culture with manipulation by market forces and the dominant class. The classic statement of this position is ADORNO and HORKHEIMER's (1972) ‘culture industry’ thesis. This thesis proposes that popular culture is managed by the producers of advertising, television, cinema, pop music and other branches of the mass communications industry. These agencies are alleged to produce conformity in the people. However, within the CULTURAL STUDIES tradition, popular culture has been theorized as a contradictory space. For example, Hall and Jefferson (1976) and Hall et al. (1978) recognize that popular culture is shaped by hegemonic forces. At the same time they read popular culture as territory in which the people genuinely resist hegemonic power. See also LEISURE, TELEVISION.
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In his book Cultural Theory & Popular Culture: an Introduction, John Storey underscores that there is no possibility to discuss popculture without giving it a proper definition.
She said: "There are some popculture references which get lost in the sauce but in places where people speak a common language, I think most things are going to go over.
Kiernan incorporates almost every popculture Christmas icon into his story in one way or another, and constructs his own tongue-in-cheek version of a feel-good Christmas special.
Hung is a mix of entertaining personal anecdotes and sweeping popculture criticism that takes on one of our culture's deepest obsessions: the supposedly prodigious endowment of Black men.
But Larson (a poet and opera librettist who won popculture immortality as Jimmy Olsen on the Superman series) found Bernaleck unique, as did Bridges.
This is not because the political parties are any worse than they ever were - it's because we have become lightweight popculture bubbleheads.
Beyond the emanations (abundant and luxuriant) of Deleuze and Guattari's A Thousand Plateaus, the co-optive subsumptions of canonical texts and the favorite popculture iconography of postmodernists, drawn into a molten dialectic with the lost "modernist" yearnings for significance (entai ling substance, therefore positivity), there is, most compellingly, Music-for-John.
A young female university teacher of literature is suddenly being haunted by voices which by and by turn out to be the literary and popculture gods of her earlier youth.
Bombay fabricated icons of popculture we all wanted to be.
Esther -- The Musical, written by Becky Barrie, youth worker at Central Church in Cambridge, Ontario, is a fun show with upbeat songs and entertaining popculture jokes.
122 (September 26-29, 1996), details convoluted aims such as dividing "the body from the popculture armour" where "pop travesty (Andy Warhol, Michael Jackson) is replaced by the concrete body (Cicciolina, Magic Johnson).
And, for those consumers fascinated by recommendations, the website features PopCulture, a social media portal sharing recent posts by brand zealots.