Pop Culture Influence On Youth

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According to William Beaman, a contributor to the web-based Urban Dictionary, “pop culture simply denotes a widely accepted group of practices of customs”. This definition is rather broad, but it still captures the very idea of popular culture, which is in his words, “widely accepted”. Popular culture is everything that is “hip” and “trending”. It is the internet, top-grossing movies, best-selling books, chart-topping songs, and much more. Pop culture shapes the very society we live in, and of all groups, it sways the youth the most. Popular culture profoundly influences this generation, and it is the educator’s responsibility to nurture students that could still become productive despite being under the said influence. The root of popular…show more content…
First, it influences how they talk and act. Second, it influences their values and third it influences how they perceive various aspects of life. Though these three features are quite different from each other, one keyword links them all: imitation. Teens tend to imitate popular icons, from their fashion sense to the things they say to their views of the world around them. Though some call pop culture “nonsensical” it is still an undeniable fact that our youths are swayed by this phenomenon. Why, pop culture can even affect a kid’s dreams, it can persuade him to become an astronaut, a singer, a politician, or a homeless happy-go-lucky gypsy. Everything depends on what our youngsters see and hear, for whatever it is that they are exposed to, they would surely imitate, with or without them…show more content…
In the event this happens, “it becomes our responsibility, then, as educators, to prepare our students/citizens, to learn how to use, consume, and to have personal power over the media” (Reynolds, 2012). If we cannot stop them from viewing popular culture, then we should at least teach them to analyze what they view. We should not let them be just idle receivers, blind consumers that absorb and believe everything they see on media. We need to teach them how to think, how to infer, how to draw meaningful conclusions out of the things that they are constantly exposed to. We should make them see how popular culture reflects society, the world and their own identities. And when they finally understand this, we must then teach them how to create their own trends. We should teach them how to hand pick which aspects of popular culture are beneficial to society and which are not. We should help them change whatever it is that they find the need to change. Popular culture is arbitrary. Who knows, maybe the next explosive trend would be sparked by one of our students. In the society that we live in, popular culture reigns over nearly everything. It is a force potent enough to be a weapon that could incite change and it is virtually impossible to block its influence. But when it starts to eat into our students’ minds
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