How pop culture influences politics

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Some pop culture has a message, and some doesn’t (here’s my post on this)

Our extended definition of “culture”: The set of values, traditions, knowledge, beliefs, and other ideas valued amongst members of a group.***

Star Trek has some interesting political ideas.

Star Trek has some interesting political ideas.

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The show’s creator, Gene Roddenberry, was a big-picture guy who believed in using science fiction to explore social issues. He said that if the show could change people’s minds about race relations or homophobia, it would have done its job well. “If they see an understanding of themselves reflected on their television sets,” he said in an interview with The New York Times in 1968, “then they’ll know that there is hope.”

The shows often addressed issues like interracial marriage and homosexuality through allegory—meaning they didn’t depict these things happening but explained why such relationships were problematic by invoking other concepts like fear or prejudice (which are also real). For example: In one episode called “All Our Yesterdays,” Spock falls in love with another man named James Tiberius Kirk—who happens to be his friend until he dies tragically at sea just before their wedding day! But despite this tragedy (and even though Spock has never even met another man until now), he chooses not only not to abandon his identity as a Vulcan but also decides not only to stay faithful but remain faithful throughout all eternity because no matter what else happens between now and then…

Harry Potter says Black Lives Matter.

Harry Potter is an excellent example of how pop culture can influence politics. It’s not unusual to think that books, movies, and television series influence how children view the world around them. But what makes Harry Potter stand out from other books or films is its political commentary.

In one scene in The Sorcerer’s Stone (the first book in the series), Dumbledore explains to Harry that he’ll need to learn more about magic if he wants to defeat Voldemort: “You will have enemies,” said Dumbledore gravely; “You must expect them.” What followed was almost as important as what came before: “Fighting against them requires skill and courage, but it also requires something else…it requires knowledge.”

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The Simpsons have some excellent political commentary.

The Simpsons have some excellent political commentary.

The Simpsons are a good source of political commentary.

The Simpsons are a great source of political commentary.

The Simpsons are a great source of political ideas, opinions, and more!

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The Hunger Games has a lot of political ideas.

The Hunger Games is a dystopian novel about a society where children are forced to fight to the death for entertainment. It’s also one of the most popular books ever written, which means you’ve probably read it yourself—or at least heard of it.

The good news is that even if you haven’t read The Hunger Games, chances are high that your friends have! And if they still need to read it? Well, then, now’s your chance!

The pop culture we consume can influence our politics.

Pop culture is a powerful force. It can positively influence our politics, or it can do the opposite. Pop culture can shape our political beliefs and values, giving us new ways of thinking about politics and how we should act as citizens.

In light of this fact, we need to be aware of what pop culture is doing and why it’s doing it. This will help us better understand what role pop culture plays in our lives as individuals—and whether or not we should avoid consuming certain types of media at all costs!

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