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Pop Culture – What is it?

July 30, 2010

There are various types of culture, however, this post will focus on Pop Culture (or Popular Culture) which represents the current mainstream culture that often reference arts, media and entertainment. One of the biggest pop culture events is Supanova which is a yearly convention that occurs in the state capitals of Australia.

In April 2010, the Sydney Morning Herald posted an article about Supanova stating it was an “invasion of the pop-culture creatures, strange beings who will converse in a shorthand geekspeak, don weird attire and beam themselves into a landscape usually inhabited by bulls, sheep and chooks.”

This fan made video showcases of various attendees with references to internet phenomenons like the “O Rly Owl”, video game characters from Final Fantasy and horror movie cosplayers dressed up as Aliens.

This yearly convention showcases a more “geeky” culture and allows its participants to interact and collect autographs from their favourite stars such as Alex Meraz who played a werewolf in Twilight – Eclipse or Summer Glau from Terminator.

For people new to the scene, it may be slightly daunting to see people dressed as pop culture characters, but I feel that this is a great showcase of interests from various genres such as popular movies, to TV shows and video games. Although “pop culture” isn’t perceived with the some distinction such as ballet, it still represents its own micro-cosmos of culture and if its participants are having fun and enjoying it, isn’t that the most important thing?

References :
Supanova gives geeks their moment in the sun
by GREG BURCHALL – April 16, 2010
http://www.smh.com.au/entertainment/tv-and-radio/supanova-gives-geeks-their-moment-in-the-sun-20100415-shpw.html

Supanova Website :
http://supanova.com.au

O RLY? – Wikipedia Entry:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/O_RLY

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