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popular culture

Popular culture (or "pop culture") refers to the cultural meaning systems and cultural practices employed by the majority classes in a society. The movie with the biggest weekend gross box office total, the number one song on the Billboard charts, the most widely read books and the highest ranking television show in the Nielsen ratings are important elements of U.S. popular culture. Popular culture is often discussed in contrast to high culture. See also: "high culture."


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