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Girls are highly influenced by the messages put across by  popular culture especially when it comes to body issues. There are so many images of women out there who do not represent what a normal healthy woman looks like, and this is extremely dangerous for young girls to be exposed to. With the spread of popular media, girls are given the ideal body shape and face and are forced to fit into this perfect mold. Those who fail are shunned or bullied and some have even gone so far as to commit suicide. This effect has been the talk of the town in recent years following criticisms surrounding photoshopping celebrities. With the onset of puberty many girls try to force their bodies to fit the idealized figure to no avail and when they fail, they turn to more dangerous means to starve themselves to reach this goal. Popular culture has led to this idea that thin is beautiful and something should be done to stop this. 

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Mondo dives into the pop-culture toy business

Mondo dives into the pop-culture toy business | Effects of Popular Culture | Scoop.it
Mondo plans to release collectibles including 'Iron Giant' robot and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.
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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Sesame Street, Star Wars. These are icons of popular culture that are being produced by toy companies. They are latching into the bandwagon of marketing popular culture in a bid to expand their business. Such is the reason as to why Mondo plans on using the star power of 4 mutated turtles to boost its sales. Everything is business. This is no different. With the reboot of the TMNT franchise, toy companies around the world are releasing newer additions to take part in this trend. Popular culture has made it possible for toy companies to be a part of their empire as they pose as physical collectibles for children and adults alike. They are not seen as individuals but are seen as a unit working together to achieve a common goal, profits. 

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Why Pop Culture?: Alexandre O. Philippe at TEDxMileHigh - YouTube

What is the role popular culture plays in expressing our values of community? Take a fresh look at the icons that our collective consciousness brings to the ...
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Phillipe questions the criticisms that pop culture faces and why it even exists in the first place. He explains that pop culture binds us together and entertains us first before anything else. There are so many criticisms that pop culture faces and this should not be the case if it makes us happy and connects with people across cultures all over the world. He brings about a fresh perspective about how everyday things can become pop culture by going viral and becoming a meme, like the grumpy cat or the doge. These pop culture icons makes us laugh and leads to conversation among people. He also states that this industry has striven to 'make fun important'. 

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Achilles Effect: Boys, Pop Culture, and Gender - YouTube

An overview of the gender stereotypes that boys see in current pop culture. Images from dreamstime.com and wordle.net. Wolverine picture from nerdapproved.co...
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Gender stereotypes are constantly being disseminated through pop culture via movies, music videos and even commercials. Boys are taught from a young age that they have to be macho and strong like Rambo and that they cannot be seen to shed a tear. This is highly traumatizing for some boys who are not build the same way as these notions. 

 

Achilles effect is an organization that is trying to break the boundaries that boys are faced in adolescents. They are trying to change the stereotypes that surround young boys and their atttitudes towards them. This organization serves to help them to be more accepting of more unconventional ideas of masculinity and hence, allow them to be more expressive and adventurous in their thinking. Hence, the ideas posed here, may be a tad biased as their opinions already point to the direction that pop culture serves to force traditional notions of manhood down boys' throats; and hence, they should not be taken at face value. 

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Is Popular Culture Good for You?

Is Popular Culture Good for You? | Effects of Popular Culture | Scoop.it
mit communications forum
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These ideas of the effects of popular culture comes from professors who study the topic at close proximity and with a lot of depth. They state that the effects of pop culture are neither good nor bad but are consequential. They depend on the context and ways that they are being used and hence cannot be categorized in one end or the other. 

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The Effects of Pop Culture on Teenagers | LIVESTRONG.COM

The Effects of Pop Culture on Teenagers | LIVESTRONG.COM | Effects of Popular Culture | Scoop.it
While the research on the effects of pop culture on teenagers is not yet conclusive, the predominance of pop culture in today’s society definitely has some effect. In particular, it affects the way teenagers think of themselves, how they associate with others, and how they express characteristics of their maturation.
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Popular culture has led to some drastic changes in the way the youths in our world think. Self image is an issue that is hurting individuals at an alarming rate. Teens especially are more susceptible to such messages as they are constantly being bombarded with such notions of what is considered to be 'normal' and 'ideal' and hence, they are not aware of the messages that these mediums are sending out. Livestrong is an active contributor in the fight to help provide support for people with cancer. Besides this, they are set up to help prevent teens and youths from feeling lonely and insecure about their bodies. These organizations are available out there to act as an extended hand to provide aid for individuals who require the extra push. Having the best intentions for them, these establishments provide valuable information and resources to help those who require them. 

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American attitudes: Americans & the World

Americans and the World: a source of comprehensive information on US public opinion on international issues. The site includes The Digest, which provides comprehensive analyses of polling on various international topics.
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Popular culture is highly biased in the sense that it comes from Americanized products and ideas. Most of our media and entertainment comes from 'The Land of the Free' and we all wholeheartedly consume it without so much as a flinch. This then erodes our culture bit by bit due to the differences in ideas that they put out there for us. We are slowly immune to the differences and accept them as normal. We fail to distinguish the differences between reality and fiction and hence, we expect our culture to behave the same way. This can be highly confusing for individuals as they are unable to separate the two and view them as one entity. Conservative culture such as that in Singapore is slowly getting less important when compared to that of western ideas. We are becoming more westernized which may not be a boon for our society. 

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Don't Blame Pop Culture For Teen Misbehavior

Don't Blame Pop Culture For Teen Misbehavior | Effects of Popular Culture | Scoop.it
Poverty and family abuse -- not TV or the Internet -- are the causes of teen violence, drug and alcohol abuse, and unplanned pregnancy.
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Many misdemeanor acts are blamed on pop culture in todays society. Violence is attributed to violent video games like Grand Theft Auto while teenage pregnancy is linked to TV shows like Teen Mom and programs that glamorizes sex like Gossip Girls. This article talks about how other environmental factors lead to such acts instead of the ones listed above. This idea is not that popular in todays society where people push the blame all to the media despite there being no correlation between violent behaviors and violent video games. Pop culture is such an easy target because of its ubiquitous nature and how easily accessible it is. With new ideas and information being thrown at us everyday, we are bombarded with such notions and are hence unable to separate one from the other.   

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Drugs in Pop Culture - What are the effects? | Sober Nation

Drugs in Pop Culture - What are the effects? | Sober Nation | Effects of Popular Culture | Scoop.it
Pop Culture has a huge impact on our society, especially our youth. How is the prevalence of alcohol and drugs in pop culture effecting how we behave?
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Bad Neighbors, Pineapple Express. These are some of the movies put out there by producers that encourage and glamorizes the use of drugs and alcoholism. In todays society, such activities are deemed to be socially acceptable and are seen as 'cool'. People who take part in such activities are seen as relatively more popular and acceptable as compared to those who don't take part in these behaviors. Not to mention, the actors cast in such roles are considerably more good-looking and attractive when compared to their sober counterparts. These ideas are especially dangerous to youths as they soak up information like a sponge. The information put up on the site is meant to encourage individuals with drug or alcoholic problems to stay away from such mediums to prevent themselves from escalating their addiction further. 

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25 Catchphrases That Changed The Face Of Pop Culture!

Which iconic catchphrases made the cut??
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Perez Hilton has been the face of pop culture in recent decades simply because he isn't afraid of speaking his mind. One of his recent posts about pop culture speaks as to how much this idea has transformed into rich socialites with reality tv shows; see Kim Kardashian. No longer are pop culture known as fads or things that everyone does, but rather, they are centered around the whos-who in Hollywood.  People are more interested in the lives of the rich and famous and this people profit greatly from this scheme. For example, Kim Kardashian recently launched her app which has generated a $200 million profit after its launch two months ago. 

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Jacqueline_Waugh_-_Does_advertising_shape_or_reflect_popular_culture.pdf

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Many people believe that advertising creates ideas out of their products and try to sell them to the mass public. However, in reality, advertisers use what is already culturally accepted and use that to persuade individuals to consume their products. This is where popular culture comes in. Many advertisers rope in big Hollywood stars like Brad Pitt and Charlize Theron to sell their products to the mass public. They use what the public is already so familiar with and turn it into a marketing ploy. Consumers rarely understand how and why they are so willing to fork out money to purchase something they dont really need. The genius behind the idea is to put forth a product that people are already familiar with and market it in such a way to make it seem ore desirable. The content coming from a students dissertation is highly credible given the amount of research and references she has cited for this paper. 

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Joseph F Barber - All over the place, from the popular... | Facebook

All over the place, from the popular culture to the propaganda system, there is constant pressure to make people feel that they are helpless, that the...
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Consumerism has been a absent presence in our society today. We know that it exists but we refuse to acknowledge that we are all active participants. People are unable to stop consuming because that is all that we are taught to do. From advertisements to product placements, we are forced to consume and purchase everything. New cellphones, netflix and even the consumption of the idea of beauty. We no longer feel in control but rather, we are tied to the idea that we are controlled by the mass society, which is led by popular culture. 

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