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]