Nyan cat, Grumpy Cat, Minecraft, Harry Potter, Transformers and Beyoncé all are part of pop culture. So what does “pop culture” mean? If it were to mean popularity by the numbers, well, that idea isn’t entirely true. Music artists that have never been listed on the Billboard charts such as Tom Waits and Fish are considered part of pop culture.
So, what is “pop culture”? And at what point is someone or something considered popular?
- Numerically Popular,
- Seems like a large number of people like it and,
- Pop Aesthetics
Rugnetta also talks about the six points in John Storey’s book, “Cultural Theory and Popular Culture: An Introduction, 5th edition”, which are:
- Achieved popularity with numbers,
- Not difficult or scarce,
- Mass Commercial Culture,
- Post-Modern Culture,
- Culture of The People and,
- A site of Hegemonic Struggle.
If you’re curious to know more about the categories of pop culture and where does the web and YouTube play a role, watch to find out.
Source: PBS Idea Channel