Tuesday, 15 January 2013

Pop Culture
What is ‘Pop Culture” and how does it differ from Popular Culture?
Pop music (a term that originally derives from an abbreviation of “popular”) is a genre of popular music which originated in its modern form in the 1950s, deriving from rock and roll.[1] The terms popular music and pop music are often used interchangeably, even though the former is a description of music which is popular (and can include any style), whilst the latter is a specific genre containing qualities of mass appeal.[1]
“Popular culture has been defined as everything from “common culture,” to “folk culture,” to “mass culture.” While it has been all of these things at various points in history, in Post-War America, popular culture is undeniably associated with commercial culture and all its trappings: movies, television, radio, cyberspace, advertising, toys, nearly any commodity available for purchase, many forms of art, photography, games, and even group “experiences” like collective comet-watching or rave dancing on ecstasy. While humanities and social science departments before the 1950s would rarely have imagined including anything from the previous list in their curricula, it is now widely acknowledged that popular culture can and must be analyzed as an important part of US material, economic and political culture. “Pop culture” is also one of the US’ most lucrative export commodities, making everything from Levi’s jeans to Sylvester Stallone movies popular on the international market. It would be impossible to do an exhaustive (or even a not-so-exhaustive) survey of all the work being done in and on popular culture, so we have included only representative examples of both. Our bibliographies and links focus on major figures in popular writing and basic categories of popular media after the war.”
Say the words ‘Wild Thing’ to almost anyone and they will reply with ‘…you make my heart sing’ thus the nature of popular culture. POP CULTURE in this sense takes a song by The Troggs and turns it into a viral sensation reaching millions of people.The theme of simplicity features in this track as although the song is catchy the line that grabs people is ‘Wild thing…’ two words that automatically cause the corresponding line and tune to enter our heads. At 20 I wasn’t around when this song was originally recorded however I still could sing the lyrics with ease. This causes me to question whether this song specifically is an example of POP CULTURE or whether it has developed from the initial POP explosion to more of an anthem track. POP CULTURE in my opinion is that explosion of something new that is POPULAR for a short spell until it is replaced by another viral sensation. (Citation required) Yasmin Stringer says…

Pop Culture is surface, it has no distinguishable face, just an area where the latest makeup is applied and swiftly reapplied. With close proximity to the proceeding layer. Daniel Boorstin says “with our unprecedented power to magnify the image and popularise the virtue of heroes, our machinery only multiples and enlarges the shadows of ourselves.(citation required) Jack Pittard says…

Pop Culture-although big, mercurial, and slippery to define-is really an umbrella term that covers anything currently in fashion, all or most of whose ingredients are familiar to the public-at-large. The new dances are a perfect example… Pop Art itself may mean little to the average man, but its vocabulary…is always familiar.

The culture is everything around us, everyone has its own. People with different cultures communicate and teach each other new things and new culture. And then is popular culture, its something that we all understand, that we all like, hate, talk about, watch listen or feel.
Popular culture is more than just pop music and pop art, its in every person itself its something we all do in our life, day up to day.. mass media is a very big part of it, it is a pop culture itself. its like a skeleton of the pop culture, carrying whole body of it and doing the movements. Adverts and pieces of art and all other visuals are like words of popular culture, saying for it self. the more you start thinking of what is actually pop culture, the more u realise that it huge and it keeps growing colourful interpretations of peoples thoughts and imagination..

A lad is a male who specialises in creating and distributing exquisite banter…

Jackass is an American reality series, originally shown on MTV from 2000 to 2002, featuring people performing various dangerous, crude self-injuring stunts and pranks. The show served as a launchpad for the television and acting careers of Johnny KnoxvilleBam Margera, and Steve-O.
Since 2002, three Jackass films have been produced and released by MTV corporate sibling Paramount Pictures, continuing the franchise after its run on television. 

Jackass = lad?

What is a LAD?

It seems all this LAD stuff has just begun to take off. And every group of males in the UK seem to claim that they are the ultimate lads! It doesn’t matter if you’re from Southampton or even Scunthorpe, there will be a group of lads in any pub, bar or club giving it the biggun’. Of course, in their own right, they’re all lads! But what I want to know is this: What is a lad?
Surely there must be some sort of definition or criteria? Well I’ve done my research and I’ve come up with this concise(ish) answer:“A lad is someone who specialises in crafting and distributing banter of the highest quality.Notoriously most lads are of a youthful age but it is not a defining characteristic. They talk about tits, fannies and sport. And they also love a shandy or two. No drink is out of bounds! Special skills of a lad include, but are not limited to:
  • Shagging any bird with a pulse;
  • Exposing genitalia and getting naked in public places;
  • Consuming copious amount of alcohol on a regular basis;
  • Getting kicked out of pubs/nightclubs for being overly offensive;
  • Binning Pints.”
Now I’m not saying you have to achieve all these to become a lad. But excelling in all areas will earn you the title of ‘top lad’.

ok, this what we found online on LEDs..  you can find the original  page  in here http://chefjake3.wordpress.com/2011/09/15/what-is-a-lad/

are the food challenges part of the lad culture?

i would say yes! disgusting but aloooot of people watching it and its POPular...

another discription found on urban dictionary website:


A lad is a male who specialises in creating and distributing exquisite banter. Though most lads are youngish (late teens and early twenties) age is not a defining characteristic and you will find both young lads and old lads. Some special skills of lads include, but are not limited to the following:

- Binning Pints
- Exposing genitalia and getting naked in public places
- Throwing up after copious alcohol consumption
- Spousal Abuse
- Getting kicked out of pubs/nightclubs for being overly offensive

Excelling in all areas will earn a lad the title of "top lad". There is no higher praise that can be bequeathed upon an individual.
"That guy just saw off a whole bottle of Vodka then partyboyed that bird, what a lad!"

"Andy got kicked out of City for binning his pint, then turtling naked on the dancefloor...LAD"

food-extreme food challange
hurting themselves
young guys
university social behaviour
group banter
from all classes- from common to upper class

Monday, 5 November 2012

this are examples of videos people show to get better understanding of the pop culture or completely the opposite.

this last 2 videos are an example when something normal transfers into something that can potentially become viral as this music video, now u can download track from itunes.

Chelsea RED WHITE AND BLUE exhibition :

is it pop art?
is it popoular culture?
is it a pop culture?
( if yes, what makes it so?)

 for me this exhibition, wasn't something that i would call pop art. It is about Britannia, pop, punk, politics and place, but it feels abit out of date.  It has something that connects with past allot. And usually pop culture its something that pops out of nowhere and becomes popular. Talking 'mona lisa' again i would say its not classic anymore its pop then.

Monday, 29 October 2012

Anatomy of the (POP)ular culture

Anatomy (from the Ancient Greek ἀνατέμνειν, anatemnein: ana, "separate, apart from", and temnein, "to cut up, cut open")

Splice today  interesting stuff please have a look. Splice Today is a website featuring idiosyncratic writing and visual presentation on topics of interest and concern to an audience that values perspective over popularity.

The art of Jason Freeny:) <====== have a look
 “Immaculate Confection”

 “Pneumatic Anatomica”

he does both digital images and sculptures...

another interesting thing i found on the other blog and wanted to re-blog it here..

Would you put this in your mouth? Photographer Erik Boker's Product Dissections project applies the critical lens of high school science class to various tools of dental hygiene.

'I wouldn’t imagine that anything so minty fresh could make me feel so queasy. In  Erik Boker’s “Product Dissections” he takes something as mundane as toothpaste and makes it organic and Frankenstein-ishly disturbing.'

 Aquafresh Extreme Clean – Empowermint

 Colgate Juniour – Bubble Fruit

'Dissecting the tubes with the same method as many of us experienced in Science class growing up, there’s a shiny sterility here that makes the crustacean-looking tubes seem almost more like victims of scientific experiments. There’s also something about the way their little caps are left on that look like heads to me… Perhaps they’re being dissected to find the secret of their tartar-fighting abilities.'

Colgate Maxfresh – Kiss Me Mint

'He’s also diligently labelled each photo with it’s appropriate toothpaste name, which for some reason makes it all the more weird. As if somehow knowing this glossy, dissected mint-insect used to be you average run of the mill tube of Aquafresh makes the transformation all the more unnerving.'

 Crest Whitening with Scope – Citrus Splash

what do u think? is it a pop art?

Boker gets right into it in a statement on his site:
“This project is an on-going exploration of the roles of art, nature, the consumer, the institution, product, fabrication, reality, taxonomy, and our relationships with seemingly insignificant objects and materials that affect us daily. … I am continually inspired by the function and treatment of both nature and the unnatural in our environment, and I continue to explore our understanding of their roles, and the inherent beauty, humour, and horror that lies within them.”

Thinking of the anatomy, what would u make as a brain of the pop culture? can we think of 'normal' as a food for the pop culture? and how about social media? is it the main structure, could it be bones?

group brainstorming... after what we thought of a LAD culture as our main interest. As its very viral and popular at the moment. Allot of people doing it and other lots really enjoy watching others doing it.

just the random blog on popular culture i really liked :) Pop Culture buzz .. really liked the "about"information on the side bar.

Territories of Practice 2012
 POP Culture

Pop culture may also be described as mass culture or popular culture or majority culture. Something common that is, a popular and prevalent among the general population in the community. It includes such things as sports, entertainment, lifestyle, music, including pop music, literature, media and visual arts. Food can also be a popular culture.

 The content of popular culture is due to daily events, desires and needs that make the lives of most of the population- mainstream. Now it is stated that Popular culture is the opposite of traditional culture. For me its a contentious question. Traditional can become popular as well as the other way round.

' Popular culture is often viewed as being trivial and dumbed-down in order to find consensual acceptance throughout the mainstream. As a result, it comes under heavy criticism from various non-mainstream sources (most notably religious groups and countercultural groups) which deem it superficial, consumerist, sensationalist, and corrupted.' -from Wikipedia

Painting of Mona Lisa by Fernando Botero and collage of former street magician Larry Moss (made out of the balloons) example how traditional becomes popular.

Something that is well known and traditional becomes part of the POP culture. Its like demotivators  nowadays - makes people recognise things that usually not noticeable in everyday life and look at it with irony and humour.

things related  :

subculture, cultural icon(s), fads, high and low cultures, public approval, pop art, pop icon, any word with POP base, Trash culture,
media in any represented ways.. and many more..

The aims of this blog its to:
  • create a contemporary definition of Popular culture by deconstructing whats already there unpick and unpack
  • create a deeper understanding of what these terms mean to us and their relationships to our practices 
  • create a journey all the way through 
  • either add something new or create a new Wikipedia page on this.

Pop culture is all around us. It leaps from magazine headings, glows from the cathode ray tubes of our televisions, and flickers across the screens of our mall multiplexes. We swim in it like fish in water, usually oblivious to its effects. Yet how often do we really think about it critically?

these are the pictures i found on line by typing in 'pop culture' it gives a clear idea of its stereotype thinking of it being something very bright and colourful. Something that's "POP" into your eyes. Not much of the details and again bright colours! Playful and with humour.

  Lady GAGA = pop culture?

video of lady GAGA's interview on ellen show and she is saying that 'popular culture is our religion'.