Week 2- Popular Culture


Popular culture is something we all consume and yet not always acknowledge, pay attention to or realise. Starting this semester off with popular culture, although it was a jam-packed lecture, was interesting and had my attention.

Everyone of us has our own ideologies and beliefs of what is considered to be part of popular culture. What I believe is part of popular culture may be different to what you may think is. This does not mean that one of us is wrong, it simply means we have different tastes which lead us to different beliefs and naturally to follow popular culture that is relevant to our own lives.

Giving me the question ‘what popular culture do you consume?’ is really like asking me to tell you everything I love, follow, watch, believe in and recreate myself.

But if I must give you a list, which if I must shorten for the purpose of not being here for 2 hours, I will. These are some of the popular culture pieces I consume, and almost on a daily basis.

Netflix: Pretty Little Liars, Gossip Girl, How to Get Away with Murder, Dynasty, Keeping Up with the Kardashians (KUWTK), Money Heist, Elite and Lucifer

Netflix has been a part of my life for quite some time and I feel like I can safely assume this is the case for many too. Netflix is a platform that recommends to us shows or movies based on previous streams. The shows I listed are all shows that have been recommended to me by friends, family or I started watching them because they were popular on Netflix. These shows only became popular because we all have had them recommended to us in some way and somehow we love them because they align with our ideologies.

Some of the shows like Money Heist also known to me as La Casa De Papel and Elite, both Spanish shows, are shows that interest me because they come from Spain. If you knew me well, you would know why this is a valid point. I lived in Spain for the first part of my childhood and shows like these two would have been shows I would have watched even if they were produced in the US like the majority of what I watch.

Music: Anything from Ariana Grande, Post Malone and Beyonce, to name my top 3.

I consume music on the daily, while getting ready, in the car, because I’m sad or because I’m happy. Music taste is all unique. The reasons we love the music we do, is always up to the individual’s ideologies and beliefs. I was introduced to Post Malone by a friend who was loving his music. I grew up watching Ariana Grande on Victorious and Sam & Cat (both hugely popular Nickelodeon shows) and followed her into her music career. Beyonce came into my life because of my family who adored her music and what she stood for as a woman.


Our taste choices can be categorised into multiple categories such as age, class, religion, ethnic and racial background and place of residence.

I’m 19, live in Australia and have a European background which has had a heavy influence from American popular culture.


Reference List

Ideology | society | Britannica 2020, Encyclopædia Britannica, viewed 14th August 2020, <https://www.britannica.com/topic/ideology-society&gt;.

Gans, H 2010, Popular Culture and High Culture, Google Books, viewed 14th August 2020, <https://books.google.com.au/books?id=t3M4DgAAQBAJ&source=gbs_navlinks_s&gt;.

Popular Culture 2017, obo, viewed 14th August 2020, <https://www.oxfordbibliographies.com/view/document/obo-9780199756384/obo-9780199756384-0193.xml&gt;.

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