Popular Culture and the Environment

Feb 3rd, 2011 | By | Category: Youth Blog

Officially, popular culture is defined as the prevailing vernacular culture or the culture of the masses. It greatly influences the average person for it is so readily available in all forms of mass media. Environmentalists have often noted that popular culture plays a great role in influencing the common person about the environment. More often than not, people are primarily influenced by popular culture in their lives. And whether it is unconscious or conscious, for many, impressions about various aspects of life including attitudes about the environment are shaped by popular culture. What are we to do about this?

Well, first of all, becoming knowledgeable about a subject by doing research is always a good idea. It’s better to learn something for oneself, rather than listening to the views of others. For example, over the last week of summer, I attended the Chandler Youth Police Academy. Although I am not particularly interested in law enforcement as a career, I wanted to learn more about it, for my own general knowledge. By attending the Academy, I came to truly appreciate the role of a Police officer. Many of the urban myths and rumors regarding the police force were proven false and I was able to experience some of the split second decision making that the police go through. Although this analogy might be far fetched, it proves the point I’m trying to make. The media doesn’t always give a true representation of a topic. I mean look at tabloids.

Anyway, to learn more about popular culture and its influence on the perception of the environment, check out http://www.pollutionissues.com/Pl-Re/Popular-Culture.html

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