FC: Popular Culture | Jam!e Green
1: Popular Culture is anything that makes an impact on people within a society and their day-to-day lives. Popular culture is relevant to a time; it is always changing. It is the television we watch, the books we read, the music we listen to; at any given time. It is the things we do, and the way we do them. It's what we as a society enjoy and what we converse about. Popular Culture is the shared entertainment, norms and values in a society. | P C O U P L U T L U A R R E
2: High Culture | High Culture is the elements of society that are considered refined and can only be understood by certain individuals. Examples include the works of Shakespeare and Michelangelo, which from an upper class perspective can only be understood and enjoyed by those with a certain education. | Some consider anything left over from the term 'High Culture' as part of pop culture, but High Culture items can just as well be part of popular culture, afterall shakespeare is loved universally, just as is Van Gogh.
3: Low Culture | Low Culture is considered to be the entertainment or objects used by the masses. Low Culture is ofter associated with television, fiction written by writers not credited as particularly influencial, or anything that can be attributed to the majority of the population, namely the lower classes. | Modern things are oftern catergorized as low culture, as they haven't been around long enough to make a lasting effect. The term low culture is often used derogatorily, usually by patrons of High Culture, describing anything that is part of mass culture. Low culture probably makes up th majority of popular culture, and it's fluidity. Low Culture is not necessarily bad, postmodern art is still art, pop music is still music, each can often be better than their haughty high culture counterparts.
4: Culture | Mass | This can include aspects of society such as the television we watch Mass Culture is produced for profit. It is generally inoffensive, simple and a repitition of an already popular idea. | 'Mass Culture' is associated with the 'Masses'. It is the aspects of society that are appreciated by the majority of people | It differs from popular culture in that it made for the effect of it being popular, it hasn't gained that status. | It differs from popular culture in that it made for the effect of it being popular, it hasn't gained that status.
5: You might differentiate Mass Culture from Popular Culture, in that Mass Culture is a idea, generally repeated, for effect, for acclaim or profit. It is 'more of the same', mass culture plays it safe and doesn't challenge. Popular Culture generally reaches it's position because it is new, modern art for example, now crosses the line to become mass culture. A Postmodernist perspective would suggest that the divisions between High and Low Culture are either now: very faint, or non-existent. Of course, the idea of Postmodernism is an example of an aspect of Popular Culture. Popular and Mass Culture are concepts considered to be elitist, in that, they describe concepts that are in opinon, low, unchallenging and simple for the masses to understand.