OUR CULTURE IS POP CULTURE: THE REAL FACE OF AMERICA

 

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“We set the standard.”


who we are

For anyone interested in knowing what the culture of America is, then I will tell you. This is a pop culture country, considering we have so many different ethnic groups in this country. With each, people bring their own style which contributes to the pop culture of the nation. Some may see that is an uncomfortable reality because all pop means is popular. People don’t want their culture sometimes to be seen as the pop thing because pop goes in and out of style. And culture of a group should not be seen as a style for many to use then throw away. But I guess that is the downsides of living in such a diverse nation.

song-dance-dress

In this country, we have such a strong identity via the music we listen to, the way we dress, and the dances that correlate with the music. We have even influenced the world with the music and the way we dress. Why, well we as Americans have always set the tone for what is cool in society. Other countries have their idea and perception of cool, but with so many different groups in America, if you have been cool here you are big everywhere.

anyone can be anything

In how many other countries can you see a musician become a world leader? Or better yet, a television personality who became president of the country? America is a country where this happens and we think nothing about it. In other countries, a leader has to hold positions for lengthy periods of time in public office. We as Americans will feel an attachment to a celebrity and think they should lead. But that is also a good thing about living in this country. You can always continue to reinvent yourself. And for someone like me living in New York City, you can be what you want everyday. And rarely see the same two people twice.


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OUT OF MY COMFORT ZONE: LEARNING ABOUT OTHERS CULTURE

Woman Wearing Green Sari Dress

“Try something new.”


it’s all i know

As a young male growing up in Southeastern Wisconsin, there was not much diversity going on in the city. So when I moved to New York City, I will say it was quite overwhelming. Still sometimes the city can be a lot, but I am able to manage a lot more than in the beginning. But I have moved here and weathered the storm to stay. But this isn’t about living in a new city, it’s about getting out of your comfort zone so that you can learn more and succeed in the process. I for one am a person who has to always work on getting his own comfort zone to make things happen in my life. And because of that I find myself opening a window to so many opportunities.

knowing less is not an excuse

In New York City there are close to one hundred ethnic groups from around the world. And the reality is, is that you’re not going to know everything about everyone. But there are enough people within a certain to understand. Because it’s one thing for a city of 1,000,000 to have a group that makes up less than half of one percent of the population. Then there is another to know nothing about the city makeup of a group that constitutes 45% of the entire cities population. This means you are living in serious proximity of another group and to not have nothing to know about each other is mind boggling.

fear shouldn’t hold you back

Coming from a different background or from a different country and then visiting that location is scary. I work at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, and I see tourist from different parts of the world and there is something so brave about moving about a place you have never been. NYC is a scary place if you are just coming to America for the first time. But this is not everywhere in America. Most places are not this fast and big. I have my scary cultural hang-ups as well but they are dating. And I promised myself I would get out of that zone.


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NOT WHAT I GREW UP ON: THE WAY DRESSING STYLES HAVE SHIFTED

Woman in White Long-sleeved Dress

“I wish I understood.”


what a strange dressing style

I look at the styles from fashion and the first thing I think is I know I could have designed this outfit. Because o me I always thought fashion was this luxury and classy style with a little sexy flare. But today it just seems that everyone is going for who can look the poorest. Like people went to a trash can and found outfits typically worn by men and women sleeping in the street and thought, why not attach a large price tag to this. And yes, people are truly buying these items. These products are fetching for price tags in the thousands of dollars. But what has happened in our culture of fashion this has become the trend on the runway?

disturbed or trying too hard

People have this mind frame today where they are the disturbed and troubled artist. But when you look at it for what it is, they are far from disturbed. In fact, they are just people in their right mind trying to feel as if it makes them someone by feeling crazy. And the problem with this is that our culture has become addicted to having a troubled mental capacity. Because those who are truly disturbed try everything to keep from being this type of person. They create things that are the opposite to keep from being in that mental space. And then you have the people who are just keeping up with what everyone else is doing. These people years ago used to be called posers. But to me if you want to dangerous, be dangerous. They dressed like they have nothing, then go into their comfortable coves.

i still love the classics

Say what you want, but I love the former looks. I love when you look at something and say to yourself, “I cannot afford that, and I could not create that.” Anything that makes me go I do that is not amazing. I just don’t feel it is special when anyone feel they can get into it. You should look and say to yourself, this is too much for me. You should feel like you have to leave the planet and fly to a far away place to be that good. But not today, today is totally different.


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I DO IT FOR THE CULTURE

 

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“What a time to be alive.”


2 months of intrigue

These are the months that I have waiting for my blog. This is where we will analyze culture for the months of September and October. And when I say the word culture, there are many different forms of culture. There is the ethnic culture, and then there are the social cultural influences that affect our lives. And the social/political have been the biggest. Especially considering in the next four months we are heading for another presidential election cycle. So our culture in America is very broad and ambiguous. But I am not just going to limit it to America, I have some things overseas in foreign countries that are of intrigue as well. So enjoy and continue to support the site.


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NEW INTRUDERS: WHY WE ARE OPPOSING TO NEW NORMS

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“The new, new.”


the introduction of 

America is a society where we are quite apprehensive to change in the beginning stages of anything new. But then enough time goes by and we start to have a push back once we see people’s lives affected. And that is when he change starts to happen. We don’t notice it because we are living in real time, but after 50 years or even 100 years it all makes sense. Then we look back and say to ourselves, “I can’t believe people use to fight over that type of stuff.” But real time, we tend to fight over everything. Why are we so aggressive when it comes to introducing new norms into our world? A lot of it has to do with a status quo. We are a status quo species.

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Once there is a way of life that one is used to living, then we go, ok this makes sense. But the problem is, there will always be a disenfranchised group of people. We look at them initially and say, really, come on, we’re going to introduce this into society. We are used to things going well with the way they are now. So why must things change. Now I have to get used to a whole new way of life. It becomes stressful o have to go through all this. Especially if you are older and used to the way life is as you know it. The new way now means everything you once knew in your life means nothing anymore. And if you are 20 years old that’s fine, but what about 50 years old? That can be a major culture shock.

get over it, you can’t stop it

Hey people, you want to stop things from happening, you fight, well guess what, get over it. You will have a hard time keeping things the same as generations continue to change. So you will either be forced to change or be weened out of existence. Understand that things are changing and you have no control. So you can fight and watch yourself push back or you can learn to adjust.


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COMING TO FRUITION: HOW HUMANS CREATED CULTURE

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“We have for more than pride.”


the evolution of us having it

Throughout human history, of building civilizations we have consistently contributed to our worldwide culture. But in the beginning of time, we were unaware that we were even creating culture. That’s right, the human brain had not fully evolved, and we were just creating things we needed out of necessity. We might create a eating utensil, then someone else somewhere else might create one as well. Then over time we go back as anthropologist and see how different groups created what they built. That is how we are able to see how the evolution of culture had taken hold. Then once we started developing language we gave it a name that can be translated eventually into many languages.

i’m hungry, i need shelter, i need clothes

If you’re curious as to why we need culture. Well, we don’t need culture, it just sort of came out of needs. If you lived in Africa, your culture is going to seem a lot more primitive than Europe because of a few factors. Clothing is more of a need in Europe because of climate and more scarce resources. Africa is thee most abundant resource place on Earth. And when food needed, during the distant past there were oasis of plants, wildlife may not have always been the first choice. Given where you live, your culture might have also been shaped by the resources around to build a shelter.

interconnected species

The fact that we were evolving and creating our own tribes and identities, goes to show that we are the make up for what was supposed to be culture in the world. Meaning, if I am in Africa, someone else in Europe, someone else in Asia, and we are creating shelter, clothes, figuring out food for self, then the DNA makeup of people was set in us to do so. We just needed a situation where need came into play, then we created culture from that need. And from need we built off of something to further embrace and gave ourselves a sense of belonging.


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OH SO PRIDEFUL: THE GREATNESS IN HAVING PRIDE FOR ONES CULTURE

Person in Traditional Dress at the Street

“We’re all cut from something great.”


ones own identity

We all like to think that we are the same. But the reality is, throughout human history we have built these various civilizations in the world. And with that a great culture have come from them. And there is this great pride that comes out of having an identity that stems from ones self. And today we live in a society where pride in self can be misconstrued to mean something else when you start to say cultural pride. You are quickly labeled separatist or racist, but we have to put things in its proper context. When you say ethnic and cultural pride are you talking regards to destroying another person’s to prop yours up. That is a form of racism, but are you just proud of the cultural leaps your group have accomplished.

when it’s gone

Coming from a group of people who have lost and identity, you know how important it is to have some form of recognition. When I look at groups from around the world, I often go, “Wow, I must be nice to have a cultural identifier that defines your group. Coming from America, I am African American, and we lost an identity due to slavery. No names, no real homeland, but only the names of another culture that we don’t belong to. And you will never no matter what be a member of that group. Meaning, I can never pick up a flag of Italy and fly it, yet on Columbus Day in New York Italians line the streets of New York to celebrate. And when you don’t have an identity of your own, you will never be a fully embraced by another group.

human evolution changes

As the world becomes more and more close, we are going to start to see the merging of cultures. And when I say close, I mean, countries continuing to expand until the point where groups will begin to make new cultures out of the current cultures. Meaning China continuing to expand into Africa. What does that mean as more people start to come in from the outside. Will there be an Afro-Chinese creation? Or will groups start to conflict because one feel they are losing their identity? For these reasons alone, it make you want to live forever to see the many changes of our civilizations.


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