Popularculture studies is the academic discipline studying popularculture from a critical theory perspective.
The definition of what constitutes popularculture - and where it falls within high and low culture - is frequently debated.
However, this definition of popularculture has the problem that much "high culture" (e.g., television dramatizations of Jane Austen) is also "popular. " "Pop culture" is also defined as the culture that is "left over" when we have decided what high culture is.
A postmodernist approach to popularculture might argue that there is no longer a clear distinction between high culture and popularculture.
Discuss the roles of both high culture and popularculture within society
A fad, also known as a craze, refers to a fashion that becomes popular in a culture (or subcultures) relatively quickly, remains popular, often for a rather brief period, then loses popularity dramatically.
A culture war is a struggle between two sets of conflicting cultural values.
Italian Marxist Antonio Gramsci presented in the 1920s a theory of cultural hegemony.
He stated that a culturally diverse society can be dominated by one class who has a monopoly over the mass media and popularculture, and Gramsci argued for a culture war in which anti-capitalist elements seek to gain a dominant voice in the mass media, education, and other mass institutions.
So-called red state/blue state maps have become popular for showing election results.
Support the notion of a culture war by giving an example from your own contemporary society
Jazz music exploded as popular entertainment in the 1920s and
brought African-American culture to the white middle class.
As the 1920s progressed,
Jazz rose in popularity and helped to generate a cultural shift.
Big-band Jazz, like that of James Reese in Europe and Fletcher
Henderson in New York, was also popular on the radio and brought an African-American
style and influence to a predominantly white cultural scene.
the Jazz era ended as the Great Depression struck and victimized America
throughout the 1930s, Jazz has lived on in American popularculture and remains a
vibrant musical genre to this day.
Cab Calloway became one of the most popular musicians of the Jazz Age in the 1920s.
Much of the music that is popular today cannot really be classified as completely Western or Non-Western.
Since colonial times, when European cultures came into contact with many Non-Western cultures, musicians on all sides have been experimenting with music that is a blend of "the best of both worlds. " Many musical styles have been invented that mix Western and Non-Western traditions.
Perhaps the oldest and most widely popular of these styles are the ones that join European and African musical traditions.
Most American popular musics also grew out of this blending of traditions.
The term World Music is often used as a catch-all category referring to almost any music with widespread popularity that clearly does not sound like North American popular music.