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Popular Culture and Print Media

What people read and see in the newspapers and magazines have a big influence on what they say, how they say it, and their actions. This paper will discuss consumerism, work, social responsibility, happiness, the human body, justice, law and order of popular culture and how print media affects popular culture.


Twenty years ago, people did a lot of book reading and newspaper reading. Books fulfilled the mind with education and readings of pleasure just on someone's leisure time. In the movie Finding Forrester, a young man from the inner city was a genius at writing. Although he was an excellent basketball player, reading books after books help this young man gain his knowledge. In one seen of the movie a guy parked his BMW along the street he asked the guy if he knew what kind of car he as driving and the guy told him yes a BMW. The young man gave him all the details and history behind BMW because he read it in a book. Many small independent bookstores are closing its doors due to the availability of books from online booksellers (). Books play an important role in preserving the ideas, thoughts, histories of civilizations ().

As we enter the new millennium, we will witness many changes in the way we communicate (). Books will change from their 500 year old format to exciting, "user-friendly" forms enhanced by the computer age (). Some authors compose books on computers and email their manuscripts to their publishers, who edit the material and then typeset it without additional key stroking (). McGraw-Hill uses computer technology to offer college professors customized textbooks (). Books are the most permanent form of mass communication because they are durable, designed to be passed from person to person, and housed in libraries.


The net effect of this change was a dramatic transformation of the role of the daily newspaper (). Before this period, newspapers occupied an ancillary position in the formation of public opinion; after 1900, they would become the primary determinants of public opinion (). Before this period, newspapers were one of many expressions of popular culture in America; after 1900, they would become the arbiters and generators of American popular culture (). What I am suggesting in a somewhat roundabout way is that the changes



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