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Old 06-02-2011, 10:19 AM
 
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Default Why is pop culture so superficial?

In today's society, a tremendous variety of popular entertainment is nearly always at our disposal. TV shows, movies, music, magazines, books and other media bombard us like never before in history.

And yet, it seems that 99% of these things are aimed towards the least common denominator in our society. The vast majority of pop culture relies on image, sex or gimmicks these days to sell and there's little depth or substance.

Why do we as a society accept this and what led us down this degenerate path? Why do we act like mediocrity is genius? Where are the true geniuses of today that would put even Shakespeare, Mozart, da Vinci and Plato to shame?
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Old 06-02-2011, 10:31 AM
 
Location: in your dreams
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Why do we as a society accept this and what led us down this degenerate path? Why do we act like mediocrity is genius? Where are the true geniuses of today that would put even Shakespeare, Mozart, da Vinci and Plato to shame?

I would love to know as well!


This is unacceptable!
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Old 06-02-2011, 10:34 AM
 
Location: Texas
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I hate to bring this news to you guys, but MOST of the population is made up of morons...the 'lowest common denominator' is actually the majority of people on this planet.
People are dumb. They are vapid. They have little self-control or discipline. They are child-like in their insistence on instant gratification.
They are not going to work for their entertainment, and that includes struggling to understand something beyond "oooh oooh ah ah."
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Old 06-02-2011, 10:44 AM
 
Location: The Triad (nc)
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low(est) common denominator audience = superficial
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Old 06-02-2011, 11:36 AM
 
Location: Collingswood, NJ
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We can use the (true) excuse that people are dumb. But what's important is that popculture nonsense sells!
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Old 06-02-2011, 01:18 PM
 
Location: Chicago
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I hate to bring this news to you guys, but MOST of the population is made up of morons...the 'lowest common denominator' is actually the majority of people on this planet.
People are dumb. They are vapid. They have little self-control or discipline. They are child-like in their insistence on instant gratification.
They are not going to work for their entertainment, and that includes struggling to understand something beyond "oooh oooh ah ah."
what he said. I would also add that some intelligent people may enjoy vapid pop culture as a way to tune out from the world for a bit. I'm not above reading Us or Star magazine while I get my nails done or sitting in the waiting room. I don't make a habit of it though.
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Old 06-02-2011, 02:48 PM
 
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I hate to bring this news to you guys, but MOST of the population is made up of morons...
Well that's not news to me. lol

As far as music goes...
I recently watched this documentary about the music industry called "Before the Music Dies.."-- it's pretty much spot on.

There was a bill or something passed in '96 that did not limit the amount of radio stations one person/company could own. Since then, Clear Channel bought out thousands and thousands of stations across the United States featuring total crap over and over, instead, using the radio as a way of selling ad space, rather than featuring the GOOD music radio used to provide for us.

bbl...
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Old 06-02-2011, 05:02 PM
 
Location: Texas
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They can only feature 'good music' if there is any to broadcast.
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Old 06-02-2011, 05:43 PM
 
Location: Silver Springs, FL
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Is this a trick question?
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Old 06-02-2011, 06:31 PM
 
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In today's society, a tremendous variety of popular entertainment is nearly always at our disposal. TV shows, movies, music, magazines, books and other media bombard us like never before in history.

And yet, it seems that 99% of these things are aimed towards the least common denominator in our society. The vast majority of pop culture relies on image, sex or gimmicks these days to sell and there's little depth or substance.

Why do we as a society accept this and what led us down this degenerate path? Why do we act like mediocrity is genius? Where are the true geniuses of today that would put even Shakespeare, Mozart, da Vinci and Plato to shame?
Because as a country we are stupid, fat and lazy. More stupid than the other two. Think about it.
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