PBS Idea Channel (see previously) host Mike Rugnetta explores whether popular culture consists solely of popular things. Rugnetta specifically argues that the definition of “popular” and “culture” mashed together makes for some complicated inclusions.
What is “Popular Culture”? Despite what the term may lead you to think, it is NOT just media that is numerically popular! Tom Waits most certainly is part of popular culture, regardless of his ZERO billboard hits. So what are the qualifications for “Pop Culture”? And where the heck does the internet come into play in all this?