Pop Culture – It’s What’s Happening

by Betty Thomason Owens

Awkward Family Photo

Awkward Family Photo

You saw something horrible on the internet, a picture you can’t get out of your mind or a sentence so badly written, it haunts you. Once you’ve seen it or read it, it’s stuck there. The easy solution is to stay away. Don’t look. Don’t read anything. No Facebook or Twitter. No pictures on Instagram. No recipes on Pinterest. Yes, they’ve even invaded your favorite DIY sites with their pictures and bad grammar.

So what do you do?

All of this may sound silly to you, especially if you’re a little behind on current events.

But it has become a part of our life. It’s called … Pop Culture. Pop Culture is current, it’s trending. It can be edgy, dark, or sensational. As simple as a photograph snapped on your phone and sent instantly to a half dozen social sites. It’s far-reaching. A selfie. You, eating Italian food at your favorite restaurant. You, hanging with your friends on the riverfront. You, posing in front of a burning building. Happening right now.

And while we’re on the subject of picture-taking, snapshots are taking off. Pictures are better than words, right? You see them everywhere, all the time. A photo snapped at just the right moment can make you famous. The day of instant sharing of information has arrived. It’s Dick Tracy’s watch. It’s almost Big Brother.


The Wall of Gum, Seattle WA — We were here.

I remember when you got invited to your neighbor’s or your uncle’s to view the slideshow of their vacation. Long, boring. But they offered snacks and soft drinks. And they just knew you’d be riveted. Now you’ve almost gone with them on their vacation. You watched as they ascended the mountain or rode the rollercoaster. Pop Culture.

Yes, there’s a downside to all of this, but there are many positive things about it, too. You can talk face-to-face with your loved one on the other side of the world, or seven states away. I remember when that was something you only saw in a science fiction movie. Now we take it for granted. We get upset if our cellphone coverage cuts out and we can’t talk to Mom or send a text to our BFF from the top of Pike’s Peak.

Our cars synchronize with our phones so we can touch a screen or speak something out loud and a call is made or answered, a text sent or received. We’re never really free from distraction. Such is our life, if we so choose. This is Pop Culture.

theresa 173_peSo this is one opinion, my idea of Pop Culture.

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It’s Pop Culture!