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date: 10 April 2021

Popular Culture 

Source:
The Oxford Encyclopedia Women in World History
Author(s):
Yves LabergeYves Laberge, M. Alison KiblerM. Alison Kibler, Amanda D. LotzAmanda D. Lotz, Amy Mattson LautersAmy Mattson Lauters

This entry consists of four subentries:

Overview

Comparative History

Broadcasting, Radio, and Television

Print Media

Popular culture can be understood as the cultural practices and tastes of ordinary people (in forms including music, theater, photography, motion pictures, print media, television, and sports), as opposed to the “high culture” (classical music, opera, dance and ballet, poetry, and avant-garde and abstract works) appreciated by intellectuals and art lovers. Popular culture is usually short lived, it relies on social and linguistic contexts, and it is made to be broadly appealing, easy to understand, and easy to remember. Like many other fashion trends, popular culture does not exclusively emerge from the masses; it is also created by efficient methods of marketing in which art and performances become a “product,” a merchandise made for a wide audience, or sometimes for a targeted public such as teenagers, women, or a specific ethnic group.... ...

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