A reflective tool in evaluating thoughts during my study of the Pop(ular) Culture elective at Chelsea College of Art and Design


Screen Shot 2013-01-13 at 15.53.27 This is a photograph of Rita Ora, a singer, who was featured in Vogues Pop Issue.

Ora could have been interviewed for any of their issues, yet as she is wearing bright lime green nail varnish, bright red lipstick against a black and white top – now she just looks a like a symbol of pop art, of course, which i believe, she is not.

I think pop art is a part of popular culture, it has become something we can all have access too, now we can also become a symbol of pop with a dash of bright make up combined with black and white clothing. The fact that Vogue has a ‘pop issue’ shows how pop art has become something for the mass market.

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Pepsi Unwraps ‘Pulse’ Digital Dashboard for Pop Culture


Pepsi Pulse, a social media-driven interactive dashboard for everything pop culture, went live Monday morning in preparation for PepsiCo’s new celebrity-infused “Live for Now” global ad campaign, premiering May 7.

The real-time platform (see above) lives at Pepsi.com and curates trending pop culture and entertainment news. You’ll also find original content, such as deals and celebrity challenges. The dashboard also highlights celebrity Twitter messages and tweets from people using hashtags #NOW or #LiveForNow.

Pepsi Pulse presents the trending news items in a top 10 ranking based on real-time data from social media-optimization company SocialFlow.

“It’s not enough anymore to have phenomenal TV ads — brands have to do more.”

“Pepsi Pulse is a cheat sheet for pop culture,” Shiv Singh, global head of digital for PepsiCo Beverages, told Mashable. “It’s not enough anymore to…

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Fifty Shades of POP Culture

Recently in conjunction with essay theory work I began looking into ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ a book that has evidently caused quite a sensation within the public and literary worlds. Reaching 10.5 million sales it is clear that the book along with the two following parts reached epic levels of success, the closest competition being 2 million in sales, a somewhat smaller figure. However if I were to go onto Amazon arguably the largest retailer for books in today’s market, judging by hard copy and Kindle sales, there is very little positive comment to be found, the books being more often sneered at due to criticised awful writing. I found this very interesting in relation to POP CULTURE as this initial explosion and boom in sales resembles the  explosive nature of POP CULTURE that initial boom of sales, interest and hook to the mass market. what I also found interesting was similarly to POP CULTURE the Fifty Shades Trilogy has arguably reached its climax with the next explosion potentially coming from the film adaptation rather than the books themselves. The lack of substance could also be argued to  be what adds to the relation to POP CULTURE, a lot of the interest and the resulting boom in sales was due to the public’s peeked interest into what this new book was about, the media hype around the books, calling them ‘mummy porn’ and the new porn for women, thus causing a high public interest. a simple concept once again causing a public reaction… a hook.

A hook being described as what causes POP music to be  popular and therefore the direct correlation to POP CULTURE.

When discussing what POP CULTURE could be defined as the explosive nature of the cultural term was a definitive key concept. I find for Vogue to use this word on an issue cover in relation to POP CULTURE only reconfirms the importance of the explosive nature.


So is POP and explotion of fashion and fun then? is that the definition by VOGUE?


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I find it somewhat amusing that E! Have chosen to brand themselves to be POP CULTURE. Although they report on events that are considered part of the POP CULTURE industry that it is entertainment today, it’s suggests that their reporting and therefore identity is as superficial and lacking longevity as the content they are discussing?


So apparently now E! is now the definition of POP culture. They are re branding the whole sales propaganda with a new campaign that states basically that if you want to be up and running with POP CULTURE you need to watch E! since they ARE POP CULTURE… I really am not sure about this concept it makes me feel uncomfortable…


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Thinking in relation to the Wild Thing post I have summarized what I believe POP CULTURE to be .

Pop Culture is a pattern, a simple repeat. A standard hook that regenerates with each translation, creating an infinite possibility. 

As Wasburn and Crowe state in Symmetries of Culture: Theory and Practice of Plane Pattern Analysis (1988):
“We reserve the term pattern or (repeated pattern, for emphasis) for those designs which have translation symmetry… A pattern must conceptually extend to infinity; otherwise it cannot have translational symmetry” [ Wasburn, D & Crowe. D, (1988) Symmetries of Pattern: Theory of Plane Pattern Analysis. University of Washington Press.]

The real or original therefore become insignificant to the hook in defining popularity, thus Pop Culture, by the symmetrical sameness.

As Parry-Giles states:
“Hyper- realism is often spoken as something that involves images and is assumed to be more real than real where the ability to discern the real from the unreal or images becomes impossible and in many ways insignificant” [Parry-Giles, S (2007). Email to the author. 10th October 2007]

I feel that this song goes with ‘Wild Thing’ as they aren’t your typical POP song but more of a lasting POPULAR song.

Catalyst Culture

When looking at songs in relation to popular culture, immediately I think of songs that have appealed to me, and if they appealed to me, especially a song that had its height of “popularity” decades ago, it must to some people be recognized as a form of “pop culture”. For me it was Led Zepplin’s version of ‘Babe i’m gonna leave you’.

It all began around 5 years ago, awkwardly protesting that my break up from my first boyfriend really did matter (*gag*), in my pathetic pubity ridden state i googled something along the lines of top 100 break up songs, which led me to this. However, even after i thankfully got over my “heartbreak” i still loved this song. Which leads me to my point, songs like this which have a huge relatability factor, which seems to filter through generations, and maintain this ‘popularity’.

The power and emotion in…

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    Red, White and Blue explores relationships, influences, and appropriations in political, pop and punk imagery. Critically positioned in the context of this Jubilee and Olympic year, the exhibition reflects upon corresponding historical moments: the 1951 Festival of Britain, the birth of punk and the Silver Jubilee. Picking up where our last show, DOME, […]


When thinking of what POP song is in relation to POPULAR CULTURE I immediately thought of this song by Rihanna. When this song was released it was number 1 in the UK TOP 40 chart for a record number of weeks showing its immense popularity. However after these weeks the song disappeared as quickly as it became popular. Rihanna is an artist that appears to understand exactly what makes a successful POP song, churning out hit after hit. Looking at her songs they all feature a similar format of a simplistic tune and a catchy few lines that combined make a POPULAR song such as Umbrella….
‘Now that it’s raining more than ever
Know that we’ll still have each other
You can stand under my umbrella’

Say the words ‘Wild Thing’ to almost anyone and they will reply with ‘…you make my heart sing’ thus the nature of popular culture. POP CULTURE in this sense takes a song by The Troggs and turns it into a viral sensation reaching millions of people.The theme of simplicity features in this track as although the song is catchy the line that grabs people is ‘Wild thing…’ two words that automatically cause the corresponding line and tune to enter our heads. At 20 I wasn’t around when this song was originally recorded however I still could sing the lyrics with ease. This causes me to question whether this song specifically is an example of POP CULTURE or whether it has developed from the initial POP explosion to more of an anthem track. POP CULTURE in my opinion is that explosion of something new that is POPULAR for a short spell until it is replaced by another viral sensation.

Pop(ular) Culture Elective

“Wild Thing” – The First Punk Rock Song? (Interview)

An Anatomy of a Pop Song?

Writer Chip Taylor, Producer Larry Page and Troggs Bassist Pete Staples on the ‘Sexy’ Classic


Monterey Pop, one of the earliest rock festivals, launched 45 years ago in 1967 during the “Summer of Love.”

Two years before Woodstock, 50,000 people gathered at California’s Monterey County Fairgrounds for 3 days of music by headliners like the Who, Jefferson Airplane and Otis Redding.  But the most electrifying set came from Jimi Hendrix, who was introduced by Brian Jones as “the most exciting guitar player I’ve ever heard.”

Hendrix ended his set with a virtuoso cover of Wild Thing, the #1 hit by British Invasion group the Troggs.  It was classic Hendrix, as he alternately played his guitar with his teeth or behind his back.  To close, Hendrix knelt before his guitar, drenched…

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