All That…Pop Is Not…


“Plato was one of the first and most influential thinkers to address the problem of tyranny…He believed that democratic forms of government create a licentious and undisciplined populace who are easy prey for smooth-talking politicians skilled in the art of pandering to their desires… such politicians entice the masses with unhealthy promises rather than nourishing the public good.” Source:

Keep it simple, shall we, and define pop and pop culture as whatever gets the biggest audience and makes the most money.   Lists, rankings, measurable data on consumption of something will define not only pop, but how pop sumptin’ is – right now!  If you can measure the consumption behaviors, active and passive including watching, listening, etc, the higher the amount of consumption behavior, the more pop(ular), by definition.  Money generally follows consumption behaviors, since usually consumption requires some kind of permission and cost – except for music, or pretty much any other product by a creator, on the web, but that’s another essay. Continue reading