The Impact of Popular Culture (Pop Culture) on Youth

Popular culture is represented in a variety of ways, modalities and expressions executed in styles varying from one traditional culture to another. Distinguishable from the original manner a new pop trend may had been originally portrayed, localized versions to which the youth responds form no less than an emerging genre that introduces new styles, habits and other sorts of prescribed behaviors and attitudes.

Catered mostly or almost exclusively to the youth sub-cultures, marketing ploys through mass media (i.e. music, TV, movies) influence the target audience to adapt a novel expression and claim a new identity set which stands out from the accustomed norms known to the dominant culture. Yet whether to allow or to refuse a specific pop culture from further influencing the youth should likely depend upon the strength of one’s traditional culture and ideology.

Since the aim is often about injecting foreign influences, popular culture could spark heated debates (even a show of divisiveness) between traditionalists and modernists as approaches and views of the real modern world differ from levels of personal perspectives. The recent passing of the RH Bill into Law provides one succinct example to this.

In summation, the actual way we live our world is already a complete amalgamation of various foreign cultures introduced into our traditional system. Ethnographic sketches are all we have to give us an understanding over how it was then comparing to today’s world of interconnectedness and a sheer sense of one world culture, albeit, it seems there’s no choice but to live by it.


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