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Popular culture

Popular culture (commonly known as pop culture ) is the totality of ideas, [perspective] s, [attitude] s, [meme] s, images and other [phenomena] that are deemed preferred per an informal [consensus] within the [mainstream] of a given [culture] , specifically [Western culture] of the early to mid 20th century and the emerging [global] mainstream of the late 20th and early 21st century.
Heavily influenced by [mass media] , this collection of ideas permeates the [everyday lives] of the [society] . By contrast, [folklore] refers to the cultural mainstream of more local or pre-industrial societies.

Popular culture is often viewed as being [trivia] l and "dumbed-down" in order to find consensual acceptance throughout the mainstream. As a result, it comes under heavy criticism from various [non-mainstream] sources (most notably religious groups and [countercultural] groups) which deem it [superficial] , [consumerist] , [sensationalist] , and .

The term "popular culture" itself is of 19th century coinage, in original usage referring to the education and "culturedness" of the lower classes. The term began to assume the meaning of a culture of the lower classes separate from and opposed to "true education" towards the end of the century, a usage that became established by the interbellum period. The current meaning of the term, culture for mass consumption, especially originating in the United States, is established by the end of World War II.
The abbreviated form "pop culture" dates to the 1960s.


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