Instructor: Gillian Dearle
ENGQ 1099 R27
23 September 2008
Pop Culture an Imitation?
Popular culture is the culture of human activity and the symbolic structures that give such activities significance and importance which are popular, well-liked or common. In Johanna Schneller’s article, “Too Much Self Esteem: The Blight Modern Time,” she is critical of the show “Becoming,” in which the participants strive “to achieve a perfectly soulless copy, a simulacrum in which nothing is genuine or original.” Television shows like Becoming is able to convert and create who we are and what we are supposed to be. Pop culture is basically feeding off the insecurities of young people; their desire to develop an identity either individually or collectively. Some of the major indicators that encourages imitation are reality shows, advertisements, and fashion magazines.
Reality shows portrays people looking like their living a normal life on camera which influences younger people to imitate what is displayed. For example in the reality show “Keeping up with the Kardashians”, the Kardashians are always portrayed as big spenders, carry hi-fi gadgets, wearing designer clothing, and driving expensive cars. For instance, they show the three sisters shopping in high end designer stores which cultivate young people to believe what clothes look good and what’s in style. I think imitating celebrities from reality shows really have a strong effect on younger people. I have always looked at what my favourite celebrities wear when buying clothes and makeup for myself. Another show that influences young people to imitate is “Miami Ink”. This show
reflects daily activities in a popular tattoo shop in Miami. On the show there are many young people that come in to get tattoos, which influence young people in reality to get tattoos just because it can be cool and not think of the consequences. I remember many guys in my high school getting tattoos just because on...