Increasingly, we are seeing our news providers giving us news that would not ever have been published in previous years. It is normal now, to see articles that were once the fodder for gossip columns and magazines.
Over the last twenty years, popular culture has crept in to news media, and has become a daily part of what is now regarded as ‘news’.
First, let’s define pop culture. It is the full spectrum of ideas, trends, attitudes and popular opinions of the masses, on ANY given subject. Popular culture presumes a consensus based upon an informal, unofficial group’s opinion. Now, in the 21st Century, as we all use the internet on a daily basis, this mainstream consensus can be developed and influenced with just one Tweet.
So, Popular Culture can be as profoundly influenced by the media as it can be by the populous.
Today, celebrity gossip, entertainment news, and even bizarre news articles are an everyday occurrence. And this news is being created and shared by ordinary people, and then picked up by news providers. Is it news?
Yes! Anything which shares information and events of interest, which shows humanity as it is today, and which gives a perspective on current affairs, is news. Popular culture is still often considered as trivial, unimportant and not news worthy. However, the world’s most popular news providers are giving readers a balance of traditional news and popular culture.