Compare And Contrast High Culture And Pop Culture

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Culture is fundamental to how we analyze, interpret, and engage in the world around us. Culture is moulded by history, politics and the circumstances in which we live. Culture is a set of principles that we adhere to. It is a set of behaviours that is common to a specific class of society. It is through culture that people are defined, and share particular value systems. “Culture consists of patterns, explicit and implicit, of and for behaviour, acquired and transmitted by symbols, constituting the distinctive achievement of human groups, including their embodiments in artifacts; the essential core of culture consists of traditional (i.e. historically derived and selected) ideas and especially their attached values; culture systems may, on the one hand, be considered as products of action, on the other as conditioning elements of further action. (1993, p. 36&37) Culture and society are closely related, society consists of people belonging to a particular culture which have a set of universal signs. Language, ideology, cultural products, institutions and organisations make up systemic parts of our culture For example art and classical music is representative of high culture it is through these cultural signifiers that individuals create meaning from their existence. Additionally, high culture and popular culture is in a fixed relationship. The expression and externalisation of a particular…show more content…
Popular culture also known as ‘Pop culture’ is based on the tastes and attitudes of the masses. It is heavily influenced by mass media and is not revered by the educated elite. Popular culture emerged in the late twentieth to twenty first century. Examples of this can be seen as movies, television shows, sport, and mainstream music. Pop culture can be defined as anything that appeals to the masses. It can be seen as distracting and superficial, detracting from the many important social issues. Jenks
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