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Emery 1Wes EmerySeptember 4, 2012COMM 308What is Pop Culture?Popular culture…what is it? Jim Cullen answers that question by saying it is “a term like art…I may not be able to define art, but I know it when I see it” (2001). Popular culture is something hard for many of today’s society to define, they know it is around them, but they do not know exactly what it is. Popular culture can be classified by what occurs in the media, what celebrities are doing, sports team, and almost everything around us, except for historical culture and what we learn in school (except in this class). This paper will greater discuss what popular culture is, why popular culture is important, and why popular culture should be studied.Petracca and Sorapure begin their definition of popular culture by breaking the two words apart; popular, meaning “of the people” and culture, “the best of what has been thought and said” (2012). The combination of these two words creates a paradoxical statement that what is of the common man is never the best of what has been thought or said, even though, popular culture is not only created by those that produce, but also by those who consume. Popular culture is constantly changing as new trends arise in music, clothing, television, etc. Popular culture gives society something to be apart of and a way to interact and connect with those who have been made famous. Popular culture allows for one to believe they are important and have a place in the culture that others create. Popular culture would not be nearly not have the place that it does